Leicester sponsors new award for employers striving to help the most disadvantaged students

Posted by er134 at Mar 18, 2014 12:40 PM |
University of Leicester’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess will present a new award for social mobility in graduate recruitment on Thursday, 20 March

The University is already the best in its class for supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds – and now it is helping to reward employers who do the same.

Our Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess will present the first ever Advancement of Social Mobility in Graduate Recruitment Award next week at the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards – the Oscars of graduate jobs.

The award will mark out one of a range of leading firms and employers who are seeking to tackle elitism in the graduate jobs market by supporting those from less privileged backgrounds.

Shortlisted firms include international law firm Bird & Bird, international financial services company Credit Suisse and Civil Service Fast Stream – a programme allowing talented graduates to become leaders in the civil service.

The University is well-placed to sponsor the award, as it is the only top twenty university which meets all of the Government’s benchmarks for numbers of students from state schools and working-class backgrounds.

The awards will be held at Grosvenor House, London on Thursday 20 March 2014 from 6.45pm – just one week after the University of Leicester hosted a debate on what can be done to stop top graduate jobs becoming the preserve of the most privileged students.