National Undergraduate Employability Awards 2017 winners announced

National Undergraduate Employability Awards 2017 winners announced


The winners of the National Undergraduate Employability Awards have been announced, with a range of employers and universities recognised for their contribution to the undergraduate market.  

Employers were rewarded for their efforts in tackling obstacles such as diversity and student engagement on- and off-campus as well offering paid employment opportunities.

The awards, now in their eighth year, were attended by over 500 graduate recruiters, university representatives and students, with presentations by AGR chief executive Stephen Isherwood, director of student Life at the University of Manchester Dr Paul Redmond, and double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington OBE.

Oliver Sidwell, co-founder of awards organiser RMP Enterprise, said: “Having received over 500 entries for this year’s NUE Awards, we have been able to gain a real insight into the invaluable contributions and incredible achievements of our many stakeholders in the undergraduate work experience market. It’s safe to say all our winners across the three categories have gone above and beyond to exceed expectations.

“A huge thank you to all of those who nominated this year and congratulations to our finalists and well deserved winners.”

The winners in full:

University Awards:

Best University Placement Service

University of Huddersfield, Business School

Best University Careers / Employability Service

University of Kent

Most Improved Commitment to Employability

University of Southampton, Employer Engagement Team

Best Collaboration between a University and an Employer

Cardiff University and Hugh James Solicitors
(Highly Commended: University of Lincoln, Careers and Employability Team and Lincolnshire Police)

Outstanding Contribution to Work Experience

Ann Cooper, University of Southampton 

Student Awards:

Best Placement Student

Pei Lyn Tay, GSK

Best Intern

Kuljeet Singh, Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Best Student Contribution to a Small to Medium‐sized Enterprise

David McReynolds, EDGE

Best University Society

Warwick Consulting Society

Employer Awards:

Best On-Campus Marketing Campaign

EY, submitted by MSL Group

Best Innovation on Campus

Marks & Spencer, submitted by AIA Worldwide

Best New Provider of Work Experience

PCMS Group

Best Short‐term Insight Scheme

Teach First

Best Diversity Initiative in Work Experience

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Best Small to Medium‐sized Undergraduate Employer


The winners of the two headline awards, Top Undergraduate Employer and Top Medium-Sized Undergraduate Scheme, will be announced in September to coincide with the publication of RateMyPlacement’s Students’ Guide to the Top Undergraduate Employers.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

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