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ISSUE SEVENTY FOUR: OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2013


t seemed fitting to celebrate success in this issue of Graduate Recruiter, following the impressive array of


award winners at July’s annual AGR Conference, not to mention a number of other laudable stories unfolding throughout the industry. One organisation that certainly deserves a gold star is


Teach First, which is dedicated to tackling educational inequality in the UK. The social enterprise not only scooped the Best Employer Brand Award in July but also recently overtook PwC as the largest single recruiter of graduates in the UK. On page 14 its Director of Graduate Recruitment, James Darley talks about why the organisation’s progress marks such a significant milestone for the wider education space. On page 12, legal practice, Allen & Overy explains more about the various social mobility programmes it has run for the last ten years – initiatives which saw it win the inaugural Best Social Mobility Award at the AGR Conference this year. As the company’s Graduate Recruitment and LLM Specialist, Sally Shoult says, it doesn’t have a shortlist of preferred universities and instead works with 47different institutions, while 42 different universities are represented among its current trainee cohort. Food for thought? Others sharing their expertise are Bernard Hodes, the team behind Enterprise-Rent-A-Car’s winning Digital Marketing Strategy entry in July, as Cathy Hyde, Practice Leader for Future Talent takes time out to offer her top tips for fine tuning your digital marketing strategy (page eight).


ThirtyThree is also in the house in the wake of being shortlisted for two entries in AGR’s Best Employer Brand category, with Nick Holker contributing a heartfelt piece in defence of employer branding, following a columnist’s scathing words in Marketing Week (page 10). Other notable success stories come in the form of supermarket chain, Morrisons, which has grown its intake from 12 graduates three years ago, to a predicted 135 in 2014, not to mention featuring in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers. On page six, the company’s Graduate Resourcing Manager, Carla Murray explains how the company has become a preferred graduate destination. On page 16 Nottingham Business School’s Dr Richard Howarth also shares his wisdom, explaining why partnerships – in the form of the School’s sponsored degree programme - can reap great results. Elsewhere, colourful AGCAS President, Dr Paul Redmond lets us glimpse a typical – if unusual – day in his life (page 23); while Ben Reeves drops in from AGR’s Australian counterpart, AAGE, to offer an insight into the industry down under (page 19)… We hope you agree, it’s a bonzer issue!


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