University of Leicester launches innovative employability strategy at inaugural summit

Posted by pt91 at Jul 23, 2012 11:55 AM |
University of Leicester launches employability vision and strategy
University of Leicester launches innovative employability strategy at inaugural summit

Bob Athwal, Director of the Careers Service

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 23 July 2012

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With the graduate job market becoming increasingly competitive, the University of Leicester has launched a new initiative to build upon the excellent work already taking place at the University and make University of Leicester graduates the stand out choice for employers.

Championed by the Director of Careers, former graduate recruiter Bob Athwal, the new vision and strategy was recently presented to senior academics from across the University.

With keynote speeches from Carl Gilleard, CEO of the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), and leading employability experts from across the UK, the Employability Summit gave members of staff an insight into the current situation in graduate recruitment, and why it is imperative to prepare students for the challenges ahead.

CEO of the AGR, Carl Gilleard said

“I was delighted to be invited to be part of the University’s innovative and forward thinking employability summit. In today’s fast changing and ever demanding world of work, graduates need more than an excellent academic education. In my view Leicester University is adopting an approach to student employability that is well suited to the demands of careers in the 21st century.”

Academics and support staff also had an opportunity to put forward their ideas for developing the employability potential of students, and to put questions to a panel of employability experts. These ideas and questions will be used to further develop the vision.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Bob Burgess said

“The Employability Summit successfully brought together people from every department who will work with Careers to implement our innovative employability strategy.”

Over the coming months the Careers Service will be working with departments to develop a series of interventions to develop and support students, and help them to develop their potential to the utmost.

Director of Careers, Bob Athwal said

“The strategy and vision represents the fundamental shift in the approach to employability for the University of Leicester, and will help ensure our graduates are the stand out choice for employers”

The Employability Summit is one of a range of exciting new initiatives being run by the Careers Service, including the highly successful Leicester Award for Employability, in which students undertake extracurricular learning experiences to develop their skills, internships and placement opportunities and the centrepiece Festival of Careers (6th – 9th November 2012).

Consistently ranked in the top 20 universities in the UK, the University of Leicester places a strong emphasis of world class teaching supported by ground breaking research. Recently the University won its sixth consecutive Times Higher Education Award, the first university to do so.

Note to newsdesk:

For more information on the University of Leicester Careers Service contact

Raj Patel, Employer Liaison Manager 0116 252 5117 or email

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