Careers Network

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Careers Guidance and Employability Team

The Careers Guidance and Employability Team provides careers information, advice and guidance to support students and graduates with their career planning both one to one and in groups. They deliver school-based activities across the campus as well as provide a number of central Careers Network activities supporting students to enhance their knowledge, skills, employability and career prospects.

Susan Taylor BA (Hons) Politics, PG Diploma in Careers Guidance, Member of AGCAS

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Careers Guidance and Employability Manager

Responsibilities

Susan manages the Careers Network team. Susan has had many years careers work experience, starting in 1983, and joined Loughborough University in 1996. Her previous experience has included careers work in schools and colleges, adult guidance, careers related research and charity management.

Gill Clarke BA (Hons) Psychology with Drama and Theatre Studies, PG Diploma in Careers Guidance, BPS Psychometric Testing Level A, ILM Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring, Member of AGCAS

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Careers Consultant

Responsibilities

Caseload:

SSEHS

  • Human Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sport Management
  • Sports Science with Management

SCIENCE

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Gill is the lead careers consultant for SSEHS and has shared responsibility (with Sally Western) for supporting students studying in the Schools of Science and Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.

She joined the Careers Network team in 2002 with extensive experience of careers work with university students and graduates, young people in schools and adult career changers. Her work as a careers adviser since 1994 has involved posts at three different universities and a contribution to the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), which has developed her expertise in administration, information, training and writing. She currently oversees visual identity and editorial for student publications and the Careers Network website and joined the Management Team in 2015.

Will Davies BSc (Hons) Media Arts, Member of AGCAS

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Careers Consultant

Responsibilities

Caseload:

  • Design School
  • School of Arts, English and Drama

Having joined the Careers Network team in January 2015, Will is responsible for students at the Design School and on the School of the Arts, English & Drama programmes. In addition Will manages links with Enterprise in the University and is involved in the management of the Careers Network social networking strategy.

Prior to working at Loughborough, Will worked as Director of Programming at IdeasTap, Alumni and Industry Relations Officer at East 15 Acting School (part of the University of Essex), Client Relations Manager at Spotlight and a casting director for feature films and television (The Descent, Severance, The Last Enemy).

Will is currently studying for the HE Cert. in Counselling at University of Leicester and is due to begin study for the PG Dip in Careers Education, Information and Guidance in HE.

Ruth Grainger BA (Arts), Dip Mus, PG Certificate Career Education, Information and Guidance in HE, CAPP realise2 Strengths Practitioner, Member of AGCAS

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Careers Consultant

Responsibilities

Caseload:

  • Aeronautical & Automotive Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil and Building Engineering
  • Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
  • Materials
  • Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Ruth has shared responsibility for supporting students on programmes within the various Engineering departments and schools. She has particular responsibility for organising and co-ordinating the centrally run Direct Your Career skills programme of presentations and workshops.

Ruth joined the Careers Network team from the Wolfson School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering where she was Industrial Placement Co-ordinator and IMechE Administrator. Prior to joining the Wolfson School, she was Administrator of a national children's charity and spent 10 years working in the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

 

Korin Grant PG Cert in Academic Practice, FHEA

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PG Careers Consultant for the School of Business and Economics

Responsibilities

Korin has responsibility for supporting postgraduate students in the School of Business and Economic and students studying on the MBA programme. 

Hemisha Harji BA (Hons) Sociology, Member of AGCAS

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Careers Projects Manager

Responsibilities

Hemisha’s role is to support and encourage students from widening participation backgrounds to partake in an industrial placement year as well as other forms of professional work experience. This is delivered through research, data analysis, and the creation and implementation of a variety of initiatives and support programmes. This includes the management of the Loughborough Bursary for Unpaid Placements.

Hemisha has a background within the HE Careers Industry and has worked at Loughborough University for over 5 years in a variety of roles with previous experience in careers advice, training design and delivery, student engagement and social media management, data analysis and management, and employer engagement.

 

 

Beth Hartshorne

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Employability Development Officer

Responsibilities

Beth supports the Careers Consultant within the School of Business and Economics in part through providing careers information and advice to students through drop ins, presentations, workshops and quick advice appointments. This covers a range of topics including CVs, applications, interviews and overcoming other career-related challenges. She helps to organise support and events for both students within SBE and international students.

 

Beth has worked at Loughborough University in a variety of roles for the last four years and has a background in careers provision and widening participation in Higher Education. 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Hooke (returning Autumn 2018) BA (Hons) History, PG Diploma in Careers Guidance, BPS level A and B Psychometric Testing, Certificate in Coaching, Member of AGCAS

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Careers Consultant - Loughborough University London

Responsibilities

Caseload:

  • London campus postgraduate students

Laura is a professionally qualified career consultant with over 30 years of experience of working with university students, graduates, adults and school leavers.  Part of the university’s Careers Network team, but based full time at Loughborough University London, she provides career guidance, coaching and information to students, staff and graduates.

Laura joined us from City University London but has worked in other institutions providing support to students and graduates looking for work in areas including management, media, business, finance, law, engineering, technology and the arts. She has also worked in HR and recruitment in the private sector. 

Her professional interests include writing information and learning materials relating to careers and employability and the use of psychometric assessment for career planning and in job selection.

Christian Jameson-Warren BA (Hons) Media Arts

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Project Manager Graduate 2017

Responsibilities

 

Currently providing one-to-one support with finding employment for 2017 graduates. Christian has prior experience helping people find suitable work, including individuals who are either long-term unemployed, recovering from mental health challenges, in or recently released from prison, specific learning differences and many other challenges to achieving career goals.

 

In addition, he was formerly responsible for the careers department at Basingstoke College of Technology.

 

 

 

 

 

Nilesh Kavia BA (Hons) Business Management, NVQ 4 Advice and Guidance, ILM 5 Leadership and Management

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Careers Consultant - International Students

Responsibilities

Having joined the Careers Network team in October 2017, Nilesh is the Careers Consultant for the School of Business and Economics undergraduates and leads the careers and employability provision for international students.

Prior to working at Loughborough, Nilesh managed and led the Careers Information, Advice and Guidance provision for University of Leicester, leading on various projects of strategic importance including the management of staff development to provide quality one to one provision to support students in their career planning and to compete for graduate opportunities. Whilst working at Leicester Nilesh also managed the newly formed Student Service Centre and managed a team of careers professionals. Prior to working at Leicester, Nilesh worked for the National Careers Service supporting and developing people to achieve their career goals. 

Birgit Lewis BA (Hons) Product Design, MA Design, Strategy and Innovation, Member of AGCAS

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Skills and Employability Development Manager

Responsibilities

Birgit is responsible for developing students' skills and employability through a range of university wide initiatives, optimising opportunities for Loughborough University students to gain experiences and skills and abilities to articulate these. Initiatives include mentoring, networking, work shadowing and employability programmes.

Birgit has a background in design, innovation and management and worked in Branding Consultancies as well as setting up and running her own ceramics business. She has worked in higher education for the last 15 years developing students' employability skills. 

Rachel Mills BA (Hon) Business with Psychology, MSc Personnel Management and Business Administration, PG Dip in Careers Guidance

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Employability Development Officer

Responsibilities

Rachel supports the Careers Consultant within the School of Business and Economics in part through providing careers information and advice to students through drop ins, presentations, workshops and quick advice appointments. This covers a range of topics including CVs, applications, interviews and overcoming other career-related challenges. In addition, she writes regular e-newsletters and helps to organise events for both students within SBE and international students in general.

 

Rachel has previously worked as a Recruitment Consultant and HR Manager within the retail sector.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joss Moffatt BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences, PG Certificate in Career Education, Information and Guidance in HE, Member of AGCAS

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Careers Consultant

Responsibilities

Caseload:

  • Aeronautical & Automotive Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil and Building Engineering
  • Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
  • Materials
  • Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Joss shares responsibility for undergraduate students in various Engineering departments and schools.

Joss joined the Careers Network team in September 2007 to work on employability projects including the Employer Mentoring Scheme, Loughborough Employability Award and Workshadow Scheme.  She is now a careers consultant and also manages the Award. Joss came from an industry background having spent a number of years as a manager in a software company where she had responsibility for both graduate & experienced recruitment.  She also managed the career development of employees.   

 

James Pritchard BA (Hons) Sociology

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Employability Development Officer

Responsibilities

Developing student employability through supporting and promoting work experience initiatives. Deliver advice and guidance on searching and applying for student and graduate opportunities. Responsible for supporting the Careers Consultant in the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences.

Primarily responsible for developing student employability and providing information and advice to students applying for opportunities through one to one appointments, drop ins, workshops and talks. Also responsible for keeping up to date knowledge on labour market information in relation to the courses delivered in the School.

Kate Robotham BA (Hons) Fine Art, Member of AGCAS

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Employability Development Officer

Responsibilities

Kate delivers advice and guidance on searching and applying for student and graduate opportunities to all students at Loughborough University. In addition she has specific responsibility for supporting the needs of students studying in the School of Art, English and Drama and Loughborough Design School.

Kate provides support to students through drop-ins, presentations, workshops and Quick Advice appointments. These cover a range of topics, including CVs, covering letters and interviews. She promotes relevant placement and graduate opportunities to students to enhance their employability through a regular e-newsletter, events and social media.

Kate is a Loughborough Fine Art graduate and has a background of student engagement and support, alongside student event and volunteer management. Since graduation she also has also been working as an Artist, Arts Education Freelancer and English Teacher in France.

Leanne Rowbottom

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Careers Network Administrator

Responsibilities

Leanne joined Careers Network in February 2012 on a maternity cover, but was successfully recruited to permanent employment in a variety of administrative and information based roles in August 2012. Prior to working at Loughborough University, Leanne worked in Technical, Housing and Construction environments. Leanne provides daily administrative and secretarial support within Careers Network to the Head of Careers Employability and Employer Engagement, Careers Consultants and Employability Development Officers.

Leanne is also responsible for Finance and HR within Careers Network.

 

Tracy Salsbury BA Business Studies, Member of AGCAS

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Employability Development Officer

Responsibilities

Works with Careers Consultants in the provision of a range of initiatives to enhance student career confidence, employability skills, work experience and personal development.

Tracy supports Careers Consultants in all Engineering Departments and Schools, promoting student communication and engagement. She is also the EDO lead for the Loughborough Employability Award and gives careers information and advice to students in one-to-one appointments, drop ins, workshops and talks.

Tracy joined the Careers Network team in 2009 and worked as an Information Adviser and with the Employer Liaison Team. She then moved into project support on Mentoring and Work Shadow programmes, as well as the Loughborough Employability Award.  Tracy has a background in Higher Education administration, service and support roles in the private sector and has worked in primary education.

Claire Tidmarsh-Brown PG Award Career Education, Information and Guidance in HE, Member of AGCAS

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Employability Development Officer

Responsibilities

Supporting Careers Consultants within the schools of Science (Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematical Sciences and Physics) and SSEHS (Human Biology, Psychology and Sport and Exercise Science), and promoting employability initiatives such as mentoring and the Loughborough Employability Award.

Claire provides careers information and advice to students through drop-ins, presentations, workshops and Quick Advice appointments. This covers a range of topics, including CVs, covering letters and interviews. She promotes relevant opportunities to students to enhance their employability through a regular e-newsletter, and is also assisting in the coordination of the new mentoring platform to support the development of work experience and mentoring opportunities for students and alumni.

Claire has a background of working within community and disability arts, and Higher Education placement advice, delivering tailored workshops and presentations to students and learners within the Arts and Humanities sectors.

Deborah Till BA (Hons), PG Diploma in Careers Guidance, Graduate Teacher Programme, BPS Psychometric Testing Level A, Member of AGCAS

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Careers Consultant

Responsibilities

Caseload:

  • Geography

  • Politics, History and International Relations

  • Social Sciences

Deborah has responsibility for students from Geography, Social Sciences, Politics, History and International Relations programmes.

Deborah joined the Careers Network team in December 2014 from her role as a Careers Adviser at the University of Nottingham for almost eight years, with a varied caseload comprising predominantly of STEM subjects.  She qualified as a Careers Adviser in 2000 and initially worked with young people in school and community settings. Deborah is also a qualified teacher, having taught at secondary level and, prior to that, worked predominantly in the public sector.


 

Eve Uhlig BA (Hons) Social Studies (Lifelong Learning), PG Certificate Career Education, Information and Guidance in HE, Further Adult Education Teaching Certificate and ILM Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring, Member of AGCAS

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Careers Consultant

Responsibilities

Caseload:

  • Research Students
  • Research Staff

As a Careers Consultant, Eve supports the career development of postgraduate research students and research staff across the University.

She works closely with the Graduate School, Research Office and professional development support staff throughout the university to provide career development initiatives and resources.  The career development programme includes one to one consultations, a range of career development workshops and tailored events such as those which bring together employers and students and occupationally themed sessions.

Eve brings experience from working in education and various industry sectors.  Prior to joining Loughborough University she supported researcher development at the universities of Warwick and Nottingham, both in research and project management roles.


 

Tracey Walker

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Careers Network Administrator

Responsibilities

Tracey joined Careers Network in 2001 having previously worked for a Solicitors firm and within the NHS.  Tracey provides daily administrative and secretarial support within Careers Network to the Head of Careers Employability and Employer Engagement, Careers Consultants and Employability Development Officers.  

Tracey is also responsible for HR and Finance within Careers Network.

 

Sally Western BSc (Hons) Physiology and Pharmacology, MBA, Accredited Life Coach, Postgraduate Diploma in Career Education, Information and Guidance in HE, BPS Psychometric Testing Level A, Member of AGCAS

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Careers Consultant

Responsibilities

Caseload:

SCIENCE

  • Chemistry

  • Computer Science

  • Mathematical Sciences

  • Physics

SSEHS

  • Human Biology

  • Psychology

  • Sport and Exercise Science

  • Sport Management

  • Sports Science with Management

Sally is the lead careers consultant for SCIENCE and has shared responsibility (with Gill Clarke) for supporting students studying the Schools of Science and Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.

Joining the Careers Network team in August 2002 as a Careers Adviser for Mathematical Sciences, the Business School and Chemistry, Sally has also worked on employability projects such as mentoring, workshadowing and the Loughborough Employability Award.

Prior to working at Loughborough, Sally was a Human Resources Manager at United Biscuits and Xerox and an Assistant Manager for Finance and Personnel at Marks and Spencer. 

 

 

Lewis Wood BA (Hons) – Drama, Member of AGCAS

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Project Officer – Student Skills and Development

Responsibilities

As Project Officer, Lewis provides wide ranging support to the development and implementation of a ground-breaking and co-ordinated programme of activity that will support Loughborough students’ skills and personal development.

Lewis contributes to project planning, stakeholder engagement, administration, implementation and review, and directly influence the effectiveness and impact of the project. This means Lewis works directly with a wide range of stakeholders in order to maximise student development.