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Civic University Partnership event empowers future graduates

Loughborough University, De Montfort University, and the University of Leicester recently joined forces to host a networking and career development event at the University of Leicester's Space Park.

The event was created to connect students and graduates with local employers and provide insights into the professional world. It was initiated as part of the Civic University Partnership project, a commitment between the three universities and the city and counties of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to work together for the benefit of local people and the prosperity of our places. 

The event began with a lively networking session where attendees could visit employer stands and enjoy refreshments while engaging in preliminary conversations with recruiters.  

Following this local business owner and community leader Eileen Perry delivered an inspiring keynote address, sharing stories of her own development and career journey. Eileen emphasised the importance of building professional networks and seizing opportunities for career advancement.  

The evening then transitioned into interactive panel discussions and workshops. Attendees had the chance to participate in two rounds of sessions, allowing them to gain insights into various career paths and industry trends. These sessions were highly informative, offering valuable perspectives from professionals and industry experts. 

As the event drew to a close, participants were invited to another round of networking, providing a more informal setting for students and graduates to discuss potential recruitment opportunities and next steps with employers.  

The event saw participation from notable organisations such as Samworth Brothers, Mattioli Woods, RSM, Leicestershire and Leicester SCITT, and Eileen Richards Recruitment. A total of 55 students and graduates from Loughborough University, De Montfort University, and the University of Leicester attended the event. 

Chris Cole, Work and Opportunities Manager at Loughborough University said: “It was fantastic to see so many students and graduates from the three partner universities engaging so positively with the evening’s activities and gaining insights into potential career paths with local employers. 

“The first event is part of a wider piece of work which we look forward to building on with local businesses, De Montfort University and the University of Leicester.”