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Loughborough University to host largest graduate recruitment fair

More than 190 organisations are aiming to recruit Loughborough students and graduates next week when the University hosts the country’s largest campus-based graduate careers fair.

Students will have the opportunity to network with some of the UK’s leading employers including Aldi, GE, Microsoft, Caterpillar, Apple, Marks & Spencer and Decathlon at the Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair on Tuesday, October 21. 

Companies will be promoting opportunities for placements, internships and graduate programmes to more than 6,000 Loughborough students who are expected to attend.

Event manager Louise Donaghy, from the University’s Careers and Employability Centre said: “The Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair is an invaluable opportunity for Loughborough students to network with the country’s top employers, find out more about opportunities available to them, and speak to recent graduates or students currently working for the company.

“This number of employers attending our careers fair year-on-year is a real testament to the employability of Loughborough’s students and graduates.”

Accounting and Financial Management graduate Chris Nelson attended the University’s careers fair in 2012 and was subsequently offered a placement and then a graduate job with accountancy firm EY.

He said: “The careers fair is a vital tool for any student searching for a placement or graduate opportunity. Attending the fair allowed me to talk to employers I was interested in, get a feel for the company and ask recent graduates specific questions that ultimately helped me during the application process.

“As a result I was able to secure a placement and subsequent graduate job from EY and I have no doubt that the conversations and information I gained at the fair helped immensely.’

Graham Hetherington, Regional Managing Director at Aldi, who are sponsoring the careers fair, said: “Aldi are delighted to sponsor the 2014 Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair at Loughborough.  It is an extremely important event for Aldi in attracting the best graduate talent.  Many students from Loughborough have gone on to become successful Area Managers within our business and we’re looking forward to meeting potential candidates next week.”

The Graduate Placement and Careers Fair takes place at the University’s Sir David Wallace Sports Hall and James France Exhibition Centre on Tuesday, October 21 from 11am to 4pm. Visit the event website for a full list of exhibitors and for more information.

Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 14/184

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University in London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.


Chris Goddard
Public Relations Officer
Loughborough University
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