University of Surrey scoops undergraduate placement award

For the second year running, it won the National Undergraduate Employability Award for the Best University Placement Service (Over 500 Placements)

The University of Surrey has once again been rewarded for its record of placing undergraduates in the world of work.

For the second year running, the institution’s employability and careers team claimed the National Undergraduate Employability Award for the Best University Placement Service (Over 500 Placements).

Judges praised Surrey for organising “a well-drilled and successful placement programme, with over 1,200 students going on placement every year”.

One area singled out for praise was the collaborative project, ‘Employable Me’, in which the university worked with the Students’ Union to underline the transferable skills that can be developed by participating in clubs and societies.


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Supportive placement blogs, social media FAQs, and on-placement care also figured in Surrey’s win.

Employability is incredibly important across the university,” said head of employability and careers, Frances Gow.

“We pride ourselves on offering senior placement tutors in each academic department, who liaise with the placements team for their subject areas.

“We also introduced a fresh approach to the way we engage with employers, creating an events calendar filled with employer-led skills sessions from some of the largest and most recognisable names in graduate recruitment.”

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