Students, staff and partners have all contributed to Keele being shortlisted for seven nominations at this year’s National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) awards.
Now in their 12th year, the NUE awards reward and celebrate the outstanding achievements of employers, students and universities in undergraduate work experience across the UK.
In its first year of entering the awards, Keele has been shortlisted in a total of seven categories, encompassing four student nominations and three for the University itself.
The awards Keele has been shortlisted for are:
- Best Intern – Meghan Howard; Rebekah Stevenson
- Best Student Contribution To a Small to Medium Sized Employer – Lydia Martin; Natasha Craven
- Best University Careers/Employability Service - Keele Careers and Employability team
- Outstanding Contribution To Work Experience – Kathy England, Business Engagement Manager
- Best Collaboration Between a University and Employer – Keele University and Mondrem
The internships themselves were made possible thanks to Keele’s partnership with Santander Universities, who provided funding.
Kathy England, Business Engagement Manager at Keele University who has been shortlisted for an award herself said: "I am delighted to have been shortlisted and would like to thank all the students, organisations and colleagues who were involved - our partnership with Santander Universities continues to go from strength to strength."
Lisa McWilliams, Head of Careers and Employability said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award. In a challenging year the small team at Keele has been innovative in its approach to supporting students and graduates. We have created new models, like the Career Accelerator Programme for the class of 2020, and supported the very successful Virtual Internships.”
Terry Dray, Director for Employability and Employer Engagement added: "Keele's excellent partnership with Santander Universities continues to deliver important employability and enterprise programmes. We have really stepped up at Keele during the pandemic, working with some supportive opportunity providers. Our students, staff and the Careers and Employability Team deserve this recognition."
The winners will be announced from the shortlisted candidates when the awards are held in 2021.