AGR Conference: Awards shortlist and headline speakers announced

The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) has revealed the speakers for the AGR Student Recruitment Conference 2017 and released the shortlist for its 2017 Awards.

The AGR Student Recruitment Awards will be staged at the AGR’s annual conference, and attendees will enjoy a gala dinner and be entertained by comedian, Hal Cruttenden.

The 3 day event also features workshops, discussion groups and plenary sessions along with networking opportunities, and promises insight, practical solutions and advice for those interested in the quality recruitment of early talent globally.

June’s conference, set to take place from the 6th to the 8th in Brighton, will be headlined by Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE. The television personality and champion of human rights for children and young people around the world will be sharing her unique insight and perspective on issues including diversity. 

Also featuring in this year’s line-up are respected broadcaster and writer, Simon Fanshaw OBE, who will talk on organisational change, and RSA Chief Executive, Matthew Taylor, who is leading an independent review on behalf of the Prime Minister into how employment practices need to change to keep pace with modern business models.

Motivational speaker and leadership specialist Darius Norell also joins the agenda, while Daniel Susskind, a fellow in economics at Balliol College, Oxford University, and co-author of the best-selling book, The Future of the Professions, has been confirmed as closing speaker.

AGR Student Recruitment Awards - Shortlist Revealed

The AGR Awards shortlist features more than 20 employers, universities and industry suppliers across 6 categories, all in recognition of their commitment to raising standards in student recruitment, work experience and diversity. 

Laing O'Rourke, EY, Lloyds Banking Group and Severn Trent all lead the way with several nominations each.  

School Leaver Strategy Award

  • EY
  • Laing O'Rourke
  • Thales
  • Transport for London

Graduate Attraction Strategy Award

  • Clifford Chance
  • Defence Science Technology Laboratory
  • EY
  • Lloyds Banking Group

Work Experience Programme Award

  • Allen & Overy LLP
  • Laing O'Rourke
  • Nestle UK

Diversity and Inclusion Strategy Award

  • EY
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Severn Trent
  • The Financial Conduct Authority

Outstanding Supplier Contribution Award

  • Amberjack for its work with Heathrow
  • MyKindaFuture for its work with Rolls-Royce
  • AIA for its work with M&S

Graduate Assessment and Selection Strategy Award

  • Barclays
  • Fujitsu
  • Severn Trent
  • Unilever

Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive at the AGR, said: “If you are involved in recruiting students then this is the one event that should be in your calendar each year. It brings together employers big and small with universities and suppliers to debate the most pertinent issues and challenges we face today.

“Year after year the standard of entries gets better. This year is no exception, so the finalists should already be delighted with their achievement to get this far.”

To take advantage of early bird rates for the AGR Student Recruitment Conference, book a place by 30 April 2017 at

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

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AGR Conference: Awards shortlist and headline speakers announced