Winners of the National Undergraduate Employability Awards Announced

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Leaders in the Field of Undergraduate Employability Celebrated for their Achievements

Steven moved onto discussing how quickly the world of technology is moving, with Uber coming to be worth $41 billion in just six years and Facebook having enough data to predict migration patterns.

The National Undergraduate Employability Awards took place on Friday 6th February 2015 at etc.venues in London.

The National Undergraduate Employability Awards is sponsored by PwC, supported by like‐minded thought leaders AGR and AGCAS and run in association with The Guardian.

Oliver Sidwell, co‐founder of RMP Enterprise, opened the NUE Awards to an audience of more than 450 representatives from both the corporate and higher education world, introducing the first speaker of the day, Steven Z. Ehrlich, global VP, client development at AIA Worldwide.

Steven inspired the audience with his session looking at innovation, trends in technology and candidate behaviour. His entertaining presentation highlighted the importance of thinking differently about business and warned against corporate complacency, citing examples such as Blockbuster going from being a company worth billions to being blown out of the water by Netflix, iTunes and LoveFilm.

Steven moved onto discussing how quickly the world of technology is moving, with Uber coming to be worth $41 billion in just six years and Facebook having enough data to predict migration patterns. He also highlighted how much of an impact this digital revolution is having on recruitment; 72% of job seekers now want to receive career information on their mobile devices and seven out of ten 18-34 year olds found a job through a social network.

This was followed by an insight into the undergraduate market by Stephen Isherwood, chief executive of AGR, and an inspirational speech by our special guest speaker Jo Fairley, co‐founder of Green & Black’s chocolate, who talked about how she overcame challenges in setting up a £100 million global business.

Jo delved into the history of the business and how Green & Black’s became a pioneer of the Fairtrade movement in the UK. She also spoke about the importance of product aesthetics as "we live in an ever more design-conscious world" and how this played a part in Green & Black’s becoming an iconic British brand.

Following a champagne networking break the awards ceremony began, presented by Oliver Sidwell and Jo Fairley.

For a full overview of the day and to find out who took home the trophies, visit our awards website at

The Winners...

University Awards:
Best University Placement Service: Coventry University, Faculty of Engineering and Computing
Best University Careers / Employability Service: University of the Arts London, Student Enterprise and Employability
Most Improved Commitment to Employability: University of Kent Careers and Employability Service
Outstanding Contribution to Work Experience: Professor Paddy Gray, Ulster University

Student Awards:
Best Placement Student: Nick Luscombe, Microsoft (Highly Commended: Pippa Rodgers, Waitrose)
Best Intern: Oliver Reed, University of Southampton
Best Student Contribution to a Small to Medium‐sized Enterprise: Mihaela Gruia, FleishmanHillard
Best University Society: Bristol Consulting Society

Employer Awards:
Best On Campus Marketing Campaign: Accenture (submitted by AIA worldwide)
Best New Provider of Work Experience: Norgren (Highly Commended: BAE Systems)
Best Short‐term Insight Scheme: Nabarro
Best Diversity Initiative in Work Experience: Civil Service Fast Stream
Top Small to Medium‐sized Undergraduate Employer: Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems Europe
Top Medium‐sized Undergraduate Scheme*: **Top Secret until September 2015**
Top Undergraduate Employer (Headline Award)*: **Top Secret until September 2015**

For further information please contact the NUE Awards team on 0203 056 7700 or email lizzie(at)rmpenterprise(dot)co(dot)uk

Notes to editors:
*The final two Awards, Top Medium‐sized Undergraduate Scheme and Top Undergraduate Employer, were based on student‐written reviews from from students who have completed placements and internships.

**The winners of each Award are embargoed until September 2015 and will be announced in due course.

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