Inspire

This bank of case studies will grow over time to provide insights into a wide range of HE widening participation and social mobility initiatives and activities being led by or delivered by careers services and/or employers.

Please share your examples of successful and less successful initiatives. We all need to learn from one another so that collectively we can optimise our impact and improve experiences and outcomes for all our students and graduates.

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Case Studies

Anonymous Institution - Employer insights and geographic mobility

This case study presents an example of a project that supports WP students to enhance their geographic mobility whilst increasing their social and cultural capital through employer site visits across England. It is also an example of a collaboration between Alumni and Employer Engagement teams.

Brunel University – Summer internships and mentoring scheme

This case study presents an example of using OFS funding to set up schemes that target WP students at different study levels with differentiated activity. It also presents an example of internal collaboration with Employer Engagement and Alumni and highlights how to frame impact measurement using a published policy.

City University – Industry insight days

This case study presents an example of engaging employers to deliver insight days at their sites, not only enhancing the confidence and career readiness of students taking part but also their social and cultural capital. This case study also presents an example of how to recruit students onto a programme.

City University – Micro placements

This case study presents an example of engaging students through short-term placement opportunities designed to improve their career readiness, social and cultural capital. This case study also demonstrates how initiatives can be developed and scaled through integration into the curriculum.

City University – Final year and graduate support

This case study presents an example of a project which engages final year students and graduates in a programme of activity designed to enhance their employability, networks and exposure to recruiters. This programme also showcases ways to use Santander Universities funding.

Coventry University – Campus visit and outreach

This case study presents an example of pre-entry activity designed to increase aspirations and awareness of HE amongst young people that meet multiple WP characteristics. It is also an example of effectively engaging with local authorities and admissions teams to deliver a collaborative project.

King’s College London – Global mobility and internships

This case study presents an example of delivering a fully-funded global internship programme which integrates training, short-term home internships and longer internships abroad.

Kingston University – Race education for staff

This case study presents an example of a staff training initiative designed to increase cultural intelligence and skills in working with students from diverse backgrounds. This case study also presents an example of collaborative activity between widening participation and careers staff.

Kingston University – SME student consultancy projects

This case study presents an example of a project designed to expand student’s awareness of the graduate labour market, by linking them up with SMEs in multi-disciplinary groups to work on paid consultancy projects.

Kingston University – Student employment opportunities

This case study presents an example of a project designed to engage WP students in a range of flexible and developmental work opportunities, outside the Student Ambassador Scheme, which takes place on campus.

Lancaster University – Internships for Autistic students  

This case study presents an example of a project designed to enhance the employability skills of students with Autism by providing them with paid internships across a range of internal University departments.

Loughborough University – BAME mentoring scheme

This case study presents an example of an alumni-student mentoring scheme specifically targeted towards BAME students.

Nottingham Trent University – Widening Participation (WP) bursaries and financial support

This case study presents an example of engaging WP students in employability related activity, namely work experience, placements and graduate job searching, through multiple streams of financial incentives and bursaries.

UCL – Widening Participation (WP) specific careers and employability provision

This case study presents an example of how to enhance WP student service engagement and career readiness through a specific career and employability provision which includes appointments, events, employer opportunities and bursaries.

University of Reading – Social justice and career learning

This case study is an example of engaging all students in career learning through the lens of social justice, with the aim of increasing awareness and inspiring action.

University of Westminster – Funded employer insights and employability development

This case study is an example of engaging WP students in employability development and employer insight days through the provision of mentoring and bursaries. It is also an example of using Santander funding.