NUE Awards
  • Careers and Placements team wins ‘best university placement team’ category
  • Team recognised for going ‘above and beyond’ to support students
  • Winners were announced at a ceremony in London on 4 March.

The Careers and Placements team at Aston University has been voted ‘best university placement team’ in the National University Employability (NUE) Awards 2022.

This award celebrates the contributions made by a university placement service in the UK which has gone above and beyond to support their students to apply and maximise their work experience opportunities.

The Aston University team won the award for the way they adapted to the virtual world during the pandemic, launching Virtual Employability Festivals, with 2,000 students engaged with mock interviews, insight sessions and webinars.

In addition, recognising the power of peer-to-peer communication, the team worked with the Learner Development Centre to pair 500 students looking for placements with 500 students who had completed placements.

The team picked up the award at a ceremony held at etc.venues in London on Friday 4 March.

The NUE Awards, organised by, celebrate excellence in undergraduate employability. They were first started 13 years ago to identify and recognise those who are making a real difference in the industry, and to the lives of undergraduates across the UK.

The panel of NUE Awards judges commented:

“With employability embedded into 80% of subjects in the curriculum through their incredible relationships with academic staff, the university-wide commitment to employability sets the benchmark and this dedication has enabled the service to place 1600 students on placement this year.”

Lucy Holder, deputy head of placements at Aston University, said:

“Attending the awards ceremony was an amazing experience and it’s great to have the team’s efforts recognised in this way.”

Notes to Editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Saskia Hansen is the interim Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world.

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