Awards highlight ‘pioneering’ training of students for world of work

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University of Leicester Career Development Service shortlisted for two national awards

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 20 January 2016

The University of Leicester has been shortlisted for two national awards highlighting the pioneering work being delivered by its Career Development Service to prepare students for the competitive world of work.

‘The National Undergraduate Awards’ have shortlisted Leicester in its ‘Best University Careers / Employability Service’ category alongside Glasgow, Reading, Birmingham and Exeter, with the winner being announced at the NUE Awards on Friday 12 February 2016.

The award recognises the mission of the Career Development Service to ensure its students have ‘the extra dimension to make them the stand out choice for employers’.

The aspects that provided Leicester with a platform to stand out included its commitment to helping students undertake part-time work on campus - which has seen nearly 4,400 employed on campus over the last 3 years – and its Career Development Journey; a completely new approach to equipping students with career management skills for life, not just their first graduate role.

The University of Leicester has also been shortlisted again by the Association of Graduate Recruiters’ annual Development Awards.

Following its award in the ‘Best Preparation for Work: Overall Strategy’ category last year, 2016 sees the University shortlisted in the ‘Best Preparation for Work Initiative (Higher Education) category for its new ‘Smart48 programme’ - an immersive experience that promises to realise students’ potential using a number of unique, accelerated learning techniques.

One of two institutions shortlisted in this category, the winner of this award will be announced at the 2016 AGR Development Conference on Tuesday 1 March 2016.

On these achievements Margo Baas, Associate Director, Career Development Service said: “Being shortlisted for these awards is a welcome endorsement of our strategy and our approaches. Concepts like the ‘Career Development Journey’ are unique to Leicester and offer students the edge they need in a competitive labour market. This also underlines the work that goes into supporting students at Leicester, and the efforts of staff that make this happen.”

More information about the National Undergraduate Awards is available here:


Notes to Editors:

For more information about the awards and Careers initiatives at the University of Leicester please contact Marie Muir on

About the Association of Graduate Recruiters

Founded in 1968, the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) is an employer-led membership organisation, whose goal it is to ensure that its members can recruit and develop the best student talent for their needs and the needs of the UK economy. With a diverse network of over 700 members, it brings together employers, the education sector, and supplier partners to: Campaign for the better development of emerging talent employment and career skills; articulate the needs of employers who recruit and develop emerging talent; and disseminate and promote excellence and innovation in the resourcing and development of emerging talent.

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