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The Careers & Employability Service


Opening times

Luton Campus
Monday to Thursday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm

Bedford Campus
Monday to Thursday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Friday closed

To meet the team and find out what we do, please see below.

About us

We are based at the Luton campus with a small team also operating from Bedford and are here to help current students or graduates from the University of Bedfordshire with their career planning and progression. A range of services are available; please see our Get Advice section for further details of these services and how to access them.

Quality Assurance

The Careers and Employability Service network with local and national employers and organisations. Building good relationships enables us to keep up to date with relevant resources and information about graduate schemes, employment legislation, current vacancies, careers events and subject specific information. We are members of the following professional bodies:

  • AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services)
  • ASET (The Work Based and Placement Learning Association)
  • HECSU (Higher Education Careers Service Unit)
  • ISE (Institute of Student Employers, previously AGR)
  • NASES (The National Association of Student Employment Services)

Statement of Service

Statement of Service - PDF 646.0 KB

This statement is available in English language only. If your require an alternative format, please let us know by emailing careers@beds.ac.uk

Employers

For employers wishing to work with the Careers & Employability Service to advertise vacancies and/or source suitable candidates; please refer to our Employers section.

Data Protection

Whilst working with students, graduates and employers it may be necessary for us to retain data such as name and contact details. The Careers and Employability Service ensure data security is maintained in accordance with General Data Protection Regulations. See below for how we use your data. Should you have any further questions regarding this, please get in touch via careers@beds.ac.uk or by calling 01582 489293.

How we use your data - frequently asked questions - PDF 259.6 KB

Staff

Michelle Everitt

Michelle Everitt, Assistant Director Student Experience/Head of Careers & Employability Service
michelle.everitt@beds.ac.uk 01582 743352

Lucy Randall

Lucy Randall, Deputy Head of Careers
lucy.randall@beds.ac.uk 01582 743082

Reporting to the Head of Careers and Employability Service, I manage day to day operations and key teams within the service to ensure that available resources are allocated to support students, academic departments, employers and graduates.

Recruitment Services Team

Our recruitment service helps students and graduates into employment by providing an agency style solution to employers.Students who register their details with us will be alerted to vacancies relevant to their job preferences, receive our weekly vacancy bulletin and be offered feedback on their applications and interview process.

Priya Chauhan

Priya Chauhan, Recruitment Services Manager
priya.chauhan@beds.ac.uk 01582 743426

My role involves engaging with employers and other organisations to help students and graduates into employment. Through various initiatives between organisations and the University,  I build partnerships to enhance our relationships outside of the institution.

Zane Vilsdorfa

Zane Vilsdorfa, Recruitment Services Adviser
zane.vilsdorfa@beds.ac.uk 01582 489223

I contribute to the delivery of a professional recruitment service on behalf of employers, targeting extra-curricular work-based opportunities for students and employment opportunities for graduates. As a Recruitment Services Adviser I work with specific employment opportunities that provide our students and graduates with relevant options for developing skills and launching graduate careers.

Matthew Harris

Matt Harris, Service Administrator (DLHE)
matthew.harris@beds.ac.uk 01582 743806

As Service Administrator, I manage and co-ordinate the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey at the University of Bedfordshire. I also manage recruitment accounts for local and national employers, placing students and graduates into full and part time roles as part of the Recruitment Services team.

Student Development & Awards Team

Student Development and Awards support students to develop their employability skills whilst studying at the University of Bedfordshire. The team support students on over 85 professional practice year (sandwich) undergraduate degrees. We work with students to prepare them for work, sourcing a placement, the recruitment process and during their placement. The team manage other activities designed to aid in developing employability skills, including a suite of credit-bearing optional employability units from Arabic through to Public Speaking!

Darsh Hawtin

Darsh Hawtin, Student Development and Awards Manager
darsh.hawtin@beds.ac.uk 01582 743920

My job is to manage all professional practice year and employability unit activities, including managing the Work Placement Co-ordinators based within the SDA team.

Sulaman Sunny

Sulaman Sunny, Placement Co-ordinator
sulaman.sunny@beds.ac.uk 01582 743929

I am one of the first points of contact for all professional practice year enquiries. I closely work with our students who wish to go for a PPY (placement) to help and support them secure one. I also liaise with local, national and international employers to get them involved with our students by advertising available placements and delivering presentations.

Employability Advisers & Graduate Support

Sian Pickard

Sian Pickard, Graduate Support Manager
sian.pickard@beds.ac.uk 01582 489087

Supporting any graduate and student to access employment and further study. One-to-one advice and information on relevant projects and opportunities to develop the necessary skills and experience to achieve aspirations.

Richard Farquhar

Richard Farquhar, Employability Adviser (Luton)
richard.farquhar@beds.ac.uk 01582 743536

I work with the Computer Science & Technology (CST), Art & Design, Media Arts & Production, Sports Therapy and Life Sciences departments and support students through guidance sessions and drop-in.

April Gibb

April Gibb, Employability Adviser (Luton)
april.gibb@beds.ac.uk 01582 489220

I support students and graduates with career planning, finding work, submitting applications and interview prep. One-to one-guidance and group sessions. Actively promoting an inclusive and accessible careers service for students, staff and graduates alike.

Catherine Bernet-Wilson

Catherine Bernet-Wilson, Employability Adviser (Luton)
catherine.bernet-wilson@beds.ac.uk 01582 743492

As Employability Adviser I support students across the University via guidance appointments, drop-ins and through workshops; providing information, advice and guidance relating to career entry and career progression. I work in particular with the School of Applied Social Sciences, School of Psychology, School of Culture and Communications and Business School.

Christine Smith

Christine Smith, Employability Adviser (Bedford)
christine.smith@beds.ac.uk 01234 793072

I work with all courses based at the Bedford campus including Education and Sport. Specialising in all aspects of routes into teaching and related professions. I am also a member of the Teaching and Related Professions Task Group, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS).

Information, Marketing & Admin

Sue Glenister

Sue Glenister, Careers Information Adviser
sue.glenister@beds.ac.uk 01582 743397

I manage careers information resources, both printed and online. I also maintain the Careers website, process finance/departmental statistics, assist with marketing activities and cover drop-in sessions for students and graduates.

Contact Us

Students and Graduates

To contact the Careers and Employability Service:

Employers

To recruit from the University of Bedfordshire, contact the Recruitment Services Manager:

Please note that our terms and conditions for advertising must be adhered to; see our Employers page for details.

Location

Luton Campus
Careers and Employability Service
University of Bedfordshire
H003, Ground Floor, Campus Centre
University Square
Luton
LU1 3JU

Bedford Campus
Careers and Employability Service
University of Bedfordshire
SiD Desk, 1st Floor, The Gateway
Polhill Avenue
Bedford
MK41 9EA

Travel information and maps are available in the main Contact/Find us section

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