Leicester recognised for innovative strategy in preparing students for work

The Association of Graduate Recruiters have recognised the University of Leicester as the best institution in the UK for its overall strategy to prepare students for the world of work.

The AGR is an employer-led organisation and the UK’s leading voice on graduate recruitment and development, and announced Leicester’s win at its annual Development Awards in London.

Selected from universities across the UK, the Career Development Service at Leicester beat off stiff competition from institutions like the University of Kent and Imperial College Business School to receive the ‘Best Preparation For Work by Higher Education’ award in the ‘Overall Strategy’ category.

Also shortlisted in 2013 and 2014 by the Times Higher Education Awards for its outstanding support for students, this award is further recognition for the innovative and impactful work being carried out at Leicester to help students prepare for graduate employment and beyond.

This news follows our earlier success this year of being ranked among the top 25 universities targeted by the Times top 100 graduate employers. This news confirms to our students, that graduate recruiters recognise both the quality of the career development provision available to all our students, and the commitment the University of Leicester has to its students’ futures.

The skills development students gain through our curriculum and extra-curricular programmes, as well as our one-to-one careers support, has put students in a stronger position to compete for graduate roles. It means our students not only have more opportunities to meet top employers, but the right preparation and support to secure employment with them.

Bob Athwal, Director of Student Experience, noted that “Such a prestigious national accolade is down to the hard work of so many people inside and outside of our University that have enabled us to get our strategy right and provide an exceptional service to our students. It also highlights our University’s commitment to our students’ futures, something we can all be very proud about.”