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ScotGrad wins AGR Work Experience Programme Award

Scotgrad, a Scottish graduate programme helping university and college graduates find paid placements, was awarded the Association of Graduate Recruiters Work Experience Programme Award 2014 at the recent AGR Student Recruitment Awards ceremony.

Placement and Work Based Learning Task Group vacancy

The AGCAS Placement and Work Based Learning Task Group is seeking a new member. If you are currently working as a placement adviser or leading a team of staff in facilitating summer internships or long-term placements and you are interested in contributing to the AGCAS community by sharing information and good practice from your institution, please consider joining the task group. 

Aston University wins NUE award for 'Best University Placements Service'

The Placements Team at Aston University is delighted to announce that they have been chosen as the winner of the Best University Placement Service award at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards 2014.

Career opportunities await graduates returning to Wales

GO Wales has a range of services designed to help graduates in Wales to make the best start to their careers this summer. The programme is a collaboration between all university careers services in Wales and is funded by the Welsh Government and European Union. Over 10,000 students and graduates have benefited from the scheme during the last ten years.

Build your own internship: student case study

In the summer of 2011, Nicholas Jack, a BPP Business School graduate, had the opportunity to build his own internship and work with serial entrepreneur Sir Eric Peacock. Nick worked on several projects during the course of his work placement, alongside completing his MSc in Finance. 

International students: where are all the placements?

Evidence from the International Student Barometer survey shows that the lack of placement opportunities is one of the most frequent criticisms by overseas students of their time in the UK. Here, members of the AGCAS Placement and Work-based Learning Task Group offer their perspectives, including both 'real' and 'perceived' reasons as to why international students have greater difficulty accessing placements.

Brave new world: 14-19 work experience in England

Changes taking place in careers provision, particularly with regard to Connexions and the introduction of the all-age National Careers Service, are already well-known to AGCAS members. But some readers may be less familiar with the proposed alterations to the status and content of work-related learning, including work experience, which may result from government proposals for 14-19 curriculum reform. Faith Muir, Regional Director at the Centre for Education and Industry (CEI) at The University of Warwick, examines the brave world of work experience - and considers the implications for HE.

Jobs On Campus for Newcastle students

In November 2011, Newcastle University launched the Jobs On Campus (JobsOC) scheme to provide an on-campus jobs agency whereby students can fill temporary positions in and around the university as opposed to acquiring staff through a local recruitment agency. There are clear signs that the scheme is proving to be a great success - not just for the students, but employers and the university as a whole.

Grown in Lancaster: industrial placements

Interest in courses with an integral placement has risen rapidly at Lancaster University Management School (LUMS). As the numbers have grown, staff at LMUS have adopted a much more structured approach to the support and opportunities offered to industrial placement students, which has become a unique selling point of these particular degree programmes. 

Aston's vision: placements on every course

In 2010 and 2011, Aston University had the highest percentage of all UK universities with students enrolled on courses involving integrated sandwich placements or year abroad programmes. Their ambition is to offer placements as part of every course by 2020.

Regent's College international degree placements 'key building block'

The European Business School London (EBSL), part of Regent's College London, offers compulsory 36-week placements as part of two international degree programmes. Both the BA (Hons) in International Business (BAIB) and the BA (Hons) in International Events Management (BAIEM) are unique in requiring students to complete placements in either the vacation periods, or part-time alongside their studies. This integral component of the degree ensures students graduate with the much sought-after skills employers are looking for, while avoiding any lengthening of the study period. 

Generating placements overseas for UK students

The recent report Global Graduates into Global Leaders focuses on the need for UK graduates to work across national borders, manage complex international and intercultural relationships and understand global aspects of the world of work. Instrumental in driving the number of UK students going overseas is the need to increase the number of international work and study placements available to them.

Scotland offers workplace experience to international students

The Workplace Experience Programme for International Students is a Scottish government-funded project to help international students at Scottish universities gain exposure to employers in Scotland through a range of opportunities, including work shadowing, mentoring, company visits, short projects and placements. Companies involved range from multinationals to small/medium enterprises (SMEs). As well as giving students experience of the workplace in Scotland, these opportunities also help to expand their transferable skills and develop a local network of professional contacts.

Welsh graduates surpass stats for work experience

Figures published by High Fliers Research in The Graduate Market in 2012 state that a third of graduates secure a job with an employer after completing an internship with the company. GO Wales has surpassed this this with 65% of Welsh graduates continuing to be employed once their 10-week work placement has ended.

Why don't more students pursue placements?

Emily Timson, Business Placements Manager at The York Management School, has completed a research report exploring the challenges faced by students pursuing 12-month work placements. The aim of the research was to gain an in-depth understanding of what motivates students - and what stops them from applying for placements.

York placements scheme: from zero to hero

The York Management School at The University of York has committed to enhancing student employability by introducing a placement year across all undergraduate degrees, which includes compulsory placement lectures as part of the timetable. The Management Team's focus is not only to produce highly academic students, but to embed an employability mindset into them from day one.

AGCAS members win at NUE Awards

The fifth National Undergraduate Employability Awards (NUE Awards), formerly known as the National Placement and Internship Awards, took place on Friday 7 March in London. The University of the West of England, Aston University and the University of Birmingham were all university award category winners.

University of Reading's placement provision model

The University of Reading has developed a flexible model of placement provision that enables it to offer 'real world' learning opportunities to over 9,000 undergraduates. Placements remain optional, but over 1,000 students registered in the first year. There are three placement models to suit different academic disciplines, though departments may offer more than one type.

Bournemouth University: Encouraging male students to engage with the placement process

A placement year is a compulsory component for the 260 students studying Bournemouth University's BA (Hons) Business Studies degree. From staff feedback and placement statistics we discovered that male students were less immersed in the placement process than female students, thus missing out on a number of early opportunities. The challenge was therefore to find a way to encourage early engagement.

University of Bradford: Using the PebblePad Webfolio for assessment purposes

The Career Development Services at the University of Bradford has developed a Masters level, 20 credit module for final year pharmacy students. The module, developed in collaboration with the School of Pharmacy and in consultation with a range of employers in community and hospital pharmacies, uses an e-portfolio to assess reflection. It was felt that, in addition to the clinical knowledge and skills required for professional pharmacy practice, graduates require knowledge and skills in the management of both themselves and others in order to be successful.

Dundee careers service runners up in Guardian awards

The University of Dundee Careers Service has won runner up in the Employability Initiative Awards from The Guardian for their innovative internship programme. The Scottish Internship Graduate Certificate (SIGC) is a credit-bearing academic qualification consisting of a six-week intensive taught module and a six-month internship placement with a Scottish employer.

Thousands of graduates into work: GO Wales reflects after ten years

For the last ten years Go Wales, a work placement project funded by the Welsh Government and European Social Fund, has been the link between employment and personal development for numerous graduates looking for their big break in the world of work. The project supports the development and retention of graduates' high-level skills, knowledge and innovative potential in businesses in Wales, particularly small and medium-sized businesses.

Placement and Work Based Learning Task Group vacancy

The AGCAS Placement and Work Based Learning Task Group has a vacancy for a new member. If you are interested in work based learning and/or are currently in a role that supports students looking for placements/internships, the group would like to hear from you. 

Bournemouth heads the top ten work experience universities

Research carried out by shows that Bournemouth University tops the list of academic institutions by proportion of graduates having work experience: almost nine out of ten Bournemouth students graduating this year stated on their CV that they have spent time in a workplace.

Vacancy on the Placement and Work Based Learning Task Group

The AGCAS Placement and Work Based Learning Task Group is looking for a new member to join the group. The role is to take over the responsibilities for research and publication. The group meets twice a year in a central London location. 

University of Exeter: Partnership with Exeter City Football Club

The University of Exeter won the AGCAS Careers Service/Employer Partnership Award at the AGCAS Biennial Conference 2013 for their strategic partnership with Exeter City Football Club (ECFC) to provide valuable knowledge and expertise to the football club through the creation of work experience for students.

University of Ulster: Internship programmes

Employability and Marketing at the University of Ulster won the AGCAS Award for Employer Engagement (in association with AGR) for engaging employers through two key graduate internship programmes: the Professional Experience Programme (PEP); and Santander supported graduate internships with local SMEs.

Win for AGCAS members at NUE Awards

The sixth National Undergraduate Employability Awards (NUE Awards) took place on Friday 6 February 2015 in London. The event was organised by RMP Enterprise, sponsored by PwC and supported by AGCAS and AGR. This year's ceremony was also run in association with The Guardian.

University of the Arts London win NUE award

University of the Arts London (UAL) won Best University Careers/Employability Service at the recent National Undergraduate Employability Awards (NUE Awards). The awards, which took place on Friday 6 February 2015 in London, recognise the outstanding achievements of universities, students and employers in the undergraduate employability market.

Nicola Turner awarded MBE

AGCAS member Nicola Turner, Director of Employability at Aston University, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for her services to higher education and graduate employability. Since joining Aston University in 2003, she has helped thousands of students, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, raise their aspirations and launch successful and rewarding careers. 

"I come to work every day and I do a job that I love – I thought that was as good as it gets. When I got the letter I was amazed and overwhelmed. It feels very special", Nicola commented.

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‘I can’t believe how far I’ve come - I think I’ve finally found my career choice’: What makes a good placement?, Nottingham

Wed 12 Dec 2012

This event is being hosted at Nottingham Trent University as part of the Higher Education Academy's Workshop and Seminar Series 2012/2013.   

Work Experience in Higher Education, Warwick

Wed 09 Apr 2014 to Fri 11 Apr 2014

A new three-day Postgraduate Diploma/MA module of the AGCAS/The University of Warwick CEIGHE qualification. Open to registrants and non-registrants (Warwick ref: CE968)

Work Experience in Higher Education, Warwick

Mon 20 Apr 2015 to Wed 22 Apr 2015

A new Postgraduate Diploma/MA module of the AGCAS/The University of Warwick CEIGHE qualification. Open to registrants and non-registrants (Warwick reference CE968). This three-day residential course is intended to enhance the understanding of the key issues and influences impacting on the delivery of work experience in higher education.

Work Experience in Higher Education, Warwick

Wed 11 May 2016 to Fri 13 May 2016

A new Postgraduate Diploma/MA module of the AGCAS/The University of Warwick CEIGHE qualification. Open to registrants and non-registrants (Warwick reference CE968). This three-day residential course is intended to enhance the understanding of the key issues and influences impacting on the delivery of work experience in higher education.

Careers Fair 2016 - Universities of Sussex and Brighton

Wed 02 Nov 2016

Careers Fair 2016, run jointly by the universities of Sussex and Brighton, will offer students and graduates of all universities the chance to meet a wide range of employers and organisations all in one place. Exhibitors will be promoting internships, placements, graduate roles, volunteering and training opportunities.

Teesside University Careers Fair

Fri 04 Nov 2016

The annual Teesside University Careers Fair gives students and graduates the opportunity to speak to potential employers and find out what careers, jobs, placement and study opportunities are on offer.

Autumn Careers and Placements Fair- University of Surrey

Wed 12 Oct 2016

The University of Surrey Careers Service kicks off its events programme for 2016-2017 with the annual Autumn Careers and Placements Fair. Past years have seen us welcome up to 153 exhibitors and between 2,500 to 2,800 students. It's an ideal space for recruitment relationships to begin. 

Internships, Placements and Graduate Careers Fair

Tue 25 Oct 2016 to Wed 26 Oct 2016

De Montfort University runs a large recruitment fair for the benefit of its students, graduates and employers each year. The 2016 Internships, Placements and Graduate Careers Fair will be held at the Venue@DMU on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th October. The event is open from 11am to 3pm on each day. 

Liverpool Business, Finance & Law Fair

Wed 12 Oct 2016

We are delighted to announce the return of the Liverpool Business, Finance & Law Fair which will take place in The Crypt Hall, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on the 12 October 2016 from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Liverpool Science, Engineering & Technology Fair

Thu 13 Oct 2016

We are delighted to announce the return of the Liverpool Science, Engineering and Technology Fair which will take place in The Crypt Hall of the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on the 13 October 2016 from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

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Young People's Experience of Careers Education

This report is based on a recent survey conducted by Youth Employment UK (YEUK) with their young members to get a better understanding of their views and experiences of careers education. The survey was conducted among 16-24 year olds who had a current or recent experience of careers education services.

Biopharma Skills Consortium (BSC) Placements Resources

The Biopharma Skills Consortium (BSC) has launched an online tool dedicated to helping students seeking work placements and graduate employment within the life sciences industry.

Taking Pride in the Job: University action on graduate employability

This report, aimed at universities, students, graduates and employers, focuses on identifying existing good practice which can be shared to enhance employability and proposing further action to continue to improve the employability of graduates.

Higher Education Empirical Research (HEER) Database

The Higher Education Empirical Research (HEER) Database comprises summaries of the latest published research on a range of topics related to higher education. It is aimed at policymakers, academics and researchers in higher education. The database is free to register and is fully searchable by theme, publisher and date.

Learning from Futuretrack: impact of work experiences on HE student outcomes

This report presents findings from a study of student participation in paid and unpaid work. It uses data from Futuretrack, which is a longitudinal study of all people who applied in 2005 to 2006 to enter university in the UK during the autumn of 2006. Futuretrack collected data from students before, during and after their time at university.

Placement and Work-based Learning Task Group: Careers resources

Members of the AGCAS Placement and Work-based Learning Task Group have collated a range of examples of guidance created for colleagues at institutions where placement and work-based learning is considered core business within the university curriculum.

International Students

Provides advice for international students on seeking work outside the UK, getting work experience, job hunting in the UK and visas and work permits for working in the UK.

Growing Experience: A Review of Undergraduate Placements in Computer Science

This research review, commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), provides a comprehensive review into placement activity for undergraduate students studying computer science in the UK.

AGCAS Graduate Labour Market Survey

This annual survey aims to build an informative dataset of the graduate labour market as it evolves and develops over time. The AGCAS survey is unique as it taps directly into the practical knowledge and experience of the graduate labour market from the leaders of higher education careers and employability services throughout the UK.

AGCAS first undertook this survey in 2014. The survey was repeated in 2015 and in 2016.

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