Outstanding contribution to widening participation (staff)

Careers Service Widening Participation Team

Widening participation work

University of Manchester graduates from low-income households are less likely than other graduates to be in graduate-level work or study six months after graduation. The Careers Service set out to improve the employability outcomes of students from widening participation backgrounds through the provision of bespoke services and activities, such as work experience bursaries and internships.

The Service also initiated and leads a forum which allows HEIs to share good practice. Since the work of the WP Careers team began, employability outcomes for WP students have improved and the gap between WP and non-WP students has begun to narrow.

Tammy says: “Winning the Making a Difference Award was a great honour and provided a real boost for the Careers team. It gave us the confidence to present at national conferences about our work to help improve the employability of WP students and increased the momentum to continue this important work.”

Watch the Careers Service Widening Participation Team's film