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Careers centre shortlisted for national award


15 July 2013

An innovative event which puts creative industries students in direct contact with professionals working in areas such as art, film and animation has been shortlisted for a national award.

Glyndŵr University is the only university in Wales to have made the shortlist for a student engagement award run by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) for its Creative Futures event.

Run annually by the university’s careers centre, Creative Futures is a student-centred programme including talks and workshops to help support students’ employability.

It aims to provide students with real networking opportunities to help develop their understanding of future possibilities.

The most recent event featured talks from freelance designers and artists, art directors, product designers and animators.

The annual AGCAS awards recognise the efforts of university careers services in supporting students to find graduate employment when they leave higher education.

Neil Pritchard, careers adviser at Glyndŵr University Careers Centre, said, “We are absolutely delighted to hear we have made the shortlist of the AGCAS Awards for Excellence in the Student Engagement category.

"Our entry was based around the Creative Futures event, which has now become part of the curriculum. We’ve built on it over the last five years and have engaged with students from all cohorts and worked with academic colleagues to bring in over 50 employers to this years' event.”

The university will find out if it has been successful when the awards are announced at a biennial conference in September.

Karen Lennox, head of careers at Glyndŵr University, said, “It’s a real achievement for the whole careers centre team to know that we have been acknowledged nationally. We’re looking forward to the awards ceremony at the AGCAS Biennial conference in September, so we’re keeping our finger’s crossed.

"Whatever the result, we can be proud of ourselves and the way we have supported and engaged with our students to help them to develop their future employability.”

For more information about the AGCAS awards visit www.agcas.org.uk

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