ISE Conference: Awards shortlist and speaker line-up announced


The Institute of Student Employers (ISE) has revealed the speakers for the Student Recruitment Conference 2018 and released the shortlist for its 2018 Awards.

Professor Steve Peters, author of The Chimp Paradox, will headline the two-day event in Wales with a session on ‘the functioning of the mind and the rules by which it operates’.

To reflect the ISE’s 50th anniversary this year, many of the sessions will be future focused, with perspectives on the future of work, regional recruitment and apprenticeships.

Martin McCourt, former CEO of Dyson, will consider up-skilling the UK economy for a post-Brexit future and Claudia Harris, CEO of The Careers and Enterprise Company will look at preparing young people for the fast-changing world of work.

There will also be a panel discussion on graduate recruitment trends and learning over the past 20-plus years, featuring former Sunday Times jobs columnist Simon Howard, Jane Robinson from EY, Martin Birchall of High Fliers Research and James Darley of Teach First and Transform.

Plenary sessions will include Mouhssin Ismail, head of Newham Collegiate Sixth Form and Simon Fanshawe OBE, writer, broadcaster and founding member of Stonewall.

The ISE’s flagship conference also offers a series of seminars and opportunities to network as well as a student recruitment-focused exhibition from a range of industry suppliers.

Delegates will hear the findings of the ISE Internship Survey 2018 and the winners of the ISE Student Recruitment Awards will be announced at a 50th anniversary gala dinner.

ISE Student Recruitment Awards - Shortlist

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. 

Police Now, EY, HSBC and Capp & Co all lead the way with several nominations each.  

Award-winning broadcaster Steph McGovern will host the glittering awards ceremony as part of the ISE’s Student Recruitment Conference, which also marks its 50th anniversary.

Graduate Attraction Strategy Award

Babcock International Group (submitted by Blackbridge)
Teach First (submitted by Tonic Agency)

Graduate Assessment and Selection Strategy Award

Grant Thornton
Hertfordshire University in partnership with Smart Resourcing Solutions
HSBC Plc (submitted by Capp & Co)
Police Now

Diversity and Inclusion Award

Financial Conduct Authority
Heathrow in partnership with Amberjack
Police Now

School Leaver / Apprenticeship Strategy Award 

Barclays (submitted by Capp & Co)

Work Experience Programme Award 

Civil Service Fast Stream
University of Lincoln

Outstanding Supplier Contribution Award 

AIA Worldwide and M&S
Amberjack with Mars
Capp & Co with Aviva
Capp & Co with GSK
Shortlister with UK Government’s Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl)

Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive of the ISE, said: “It’s great to see well-established organisations continuing to excel in our field as well as those who have been shortlisted for the first time. All of our finalists are well ahead of their game and offer valuable inspiration to everyone working in student recruitment.”

The ISE Student Recruitment Conference and Awards 2018 takes place at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales on 9 and 10 July 2018. The Global Student Recruitment and Development Conference will take place at the same venue on 11 July. Tickets and more information are available at

Thursday, 28 June 2018

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ISE Conference: Awards shortlist and speaker line-up announced