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This is a NEW opportunity for students to engage with employers via OU Live sessions, Facebook chats, and an online Forum every day throughout the week of Monday 9th to Friday 13th February.

Join us to find out more about the labour market, what opportunities are available to you, what employers are looking for, and the recruitment process.


Monday 9th                       What can you do with a degree in Maths & Stats?          

12.30-2.00 p.m. OU Live:  We will be joined by Kelly Markwick from IBM and Wing Shek and a Head Teacher from Kent Teach to discuss this topic.

Allianz and the Civil Service will be answering questions on the Forum today


Tuesday 10th                     What skills do employers value?            

12.30-1.30 p.m. Facebook chat:  Wing Shek from Kent Teach will be available to answer your questions about teaching and their training scheme

6.30-7.30 p.m. OU Live:  James Annetts from Teach First will join us to talk about teaching and their training scheme

IBM and Grant Thornton will be answering questions on the Forum today


Wednesday 11th             Marketing yourself to employers

12.30-2.00 p.m. OU Live:  Sarah Osborn of TNS Global will be discussing this topic

Forum participants to be confirmed


Thursday 12th                   Interview techniques

12.30-1.30 p.m. Facebook chat:  To be confirmed

TNS Global will be answering questions on the Forum today


Friday 13th                         Recruitment process – what do employers look for?

12.30-2.00 p.m. OU LiveAllianz and the Civil Service will provide useful insights into this topic

Kent Teach and Teach First will be answering questions on the Forum today


We have yet to finalise some details and we will publish these as they are confirmed.

Digital Skills Festival

Tuesday 10th – Friday 13th February 2015

Location: Manchester City Centre (various)

The skills festival is a 4-day event that will highlight, address and discuss the issues facing the sector, as well as tackling them on a practical level by offering tours of local digital businesses, plus a recruitment fair.

The Talent day in particular which takes place on Wednesday 11th February is strongly recommended to students.

For more details, and to book on any of the events, please visit the Manchester Digital’s website. 



TARGETpostgrad are returning to Cardiff on Thursday 5th February for their annual Study and Funding Fair Wales.

They are also having their first postgraduate fair in Liverpool for the North West region on Wednesday 18th February.

For more information, please visit the TARGETpostgrad website.

The Low Carbon Entrepreneur Prize is now open! If you’re a recent graduate with an idea to reduce London’s energy use and carbon emissions we want to hear from you. We’re looking for your ideas to make your London a smarter, cleaner, better place to live and work.

Entry is free and you can submit as many ideas as you can come up with. Apply on your own or in a group, just make sure that you send us your ideas before 16 February 2015.

The Open University Business School (OUBS) is holding a Business Perspectives Masterclass event on Thursday 12th February from 10:30 – 17:00 (followed by a drinks reception) at the Charing Cross Hotel, London.

The event will explore why age matters in the workplace and how successfully managing age diversity can lead to competitive advantage. Throughout the day there will be a mix of speaker presentations, working sessions and interactive Q&A to share your experiences, opinions and put questions directly to the panelists. The panelists will include a number of senior figures working at the forefront of age diversity in the workplace from organisations including the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, BMW and the NHS as well as speakers from the OUBS. There will be a mix of practitioners and it is a great way to meet and network with like-minded people.

Anyone who has studied with the OU may attend this event, although it is also open to guests. A certificate of attendance will be provided on request to highlight ongoing Continuing Professional Development.

Further information and a link to the booking form can be found here.

Applications for the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) are now open.

Information about the 2015 programme is available on the National School for Healthcare Science website, and applicants are advised to check the website regularly for the very latest information including FAQs, guidance for applicants, details of open days and the application portal itself. Open days are running until 16 January 2015 and details are listed on the site.

Applicants are advised to read through all the information available before starting the tests or making an application. The onus is on the candidate to demonstrate the relevance of their degree to the specialism they are applying to; this will involve reading the person specification to check whether or not competence can be demonstrated in the skills and knowledge required for that specialism. There is guidance on the ‘what is a relevant degree’ section in the FAQs on the website.

Applicants are also encouraged to follow the National School on Twitter @NSHCS

Careers information will continue to be held on the NHS Careers website, along with general STP information.

Direct Entry applications will close on 30th January 2015 at 5pm. In Service applications close on 27th February 2015 at 5pm.

The London Mathematical Society will open its 150th Anniversary Celebrations with a launch event entitled Mathematics: Unlocking Worlds, at The Goldsmiths’ Hall, London on the afternoon of Friday 16th January 2015. The event will illustrate that mathematics is for everyone and everybody uses it, whether consciously or not.

The event will be live-streamed and all the talks will be posted on the LMS website. The event is suitable for anyone curious about mathematics. Talks will be a similar level to the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures so there should be something for everyone.

You can join the online conversation on Twitter and find out more information about the day on the LMS Unlocking Worlds web page.

Lab in a Lorry is an interactive mobile laboratory, which gives young people (11-14 year olds) the opportunity to explore science through open-ended experiments.  Volunteers guide the students through the experiments.

Lab in a Lorry’s Scotland tour are looking for volunteers for their events in early 2015.  Commencing in East Lothian on January 12-14th, the tour will visit various locations across Scotland before concluding in North Ayrshire on March 23rd-25th. Further information, including a full itinerary, can be found on Lab in a Lorry’s website.

If you are interested in volunteering with Lab in a Lorry but are unable to join them on this tour you can still register your interest with them here to keep up-to-date with future opportunities – they are always happy to hear from anyone new!  All volunteers get free affiliate membership to the IOP for a year.

Whether you’re looking to kick-start your career or are searching for that next step on the ladder, The National Engineering and Construction Recruitment Exhibition offers a vast array of opportunities for all engineering and construction professionals and graduates.

The event is on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th November, from 11am-4pm,  at the NEC, Birmingham and entry is free!

You will find not only the best industry recruiters, but also invaluable careers advice and job-seeking tools. The event includes:

  • Free Careers Advice Lounge
  • CV Consultation
  • Professional Development Hub
  • Free Interview Clinic

The exhibition will include job vacancies in areas including:

  • Design
  • Electronic
  • Planning
  • Project Management
  • Software
  • Surveying
  • Systems
  • …… and many more

For more information click here

The University of Manchester are hosting two Fairs this month:

The Law Fair
Tuesday 18th November, 12.30pm – 4.00pm
Manchester Central Convention Centre

Looking for a career in law?  Then come and find out about jobs and vacation placements with over 70 firms, opportunities at the Bar or with other legal organisations and further training courses in law.

The fair is free and open to students and graduates from all institutions and disciplines, not just law.

Full details on the LawFair website.

The Postgraduate Study Fair
Wednesday 19th November, 10.30am – 4.00pm
Manchester Central Convention Centre

Looking to continue studying after your undergraduate degree?  Then come and find out about the range of postgraduate options available from over 100 universities in both the UK and overseas.

The fair is free and open to students and graduates from all institutions and degree subjects.

Full details on the PostgradFair website.