Careers Fair success
Published 13 November 2012
More than 3,000 students were at the American Express Community Stadium in Falmer for one of the largest careers fairs in the south-east.
Over 100 companies exhibited at the fair which was jointly organised by the universities of Brighton and Sussex. Employers were welcomed by Professor Julian Crampton, Vice Chancellor of the University of Brighton.
Sam Rhodes, the University of Brighton's careers service manager, said: "Employers said how impressed they were with the quality of students and their enquiries.
"Students attended throughout the day and there was a constant buzz of interest and enthusiasm. Companies were thrilled by the turn out and the great venue."
Professor Crampton, in welcoming employers, said how impressed he was by the wide range of sectors represented.
He said there were many "talented and enthusiastic" students and graduates in attendance and they were grateful to hear about recruitment opportunities, and to receive advice and guidance on qualifications and skills.
He said: "The event is key to our students' futures, both for UK students and for our international students."
With campuses in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings, and partnerships with colleges across Sussex, Professor Crampton said the University of Brighton itself was one of the largest employers and one that contributes £600 million to the regional economy.
Employer engagement, he said, is an important strategy for the university and it takes working together with employers to help them succeed in what are difficult economic times very seriously.
In addition to the careers fair, he said the university liaises with employers for research, mentoring, course development, knowledge transfer partnerships, internships and placements.
He said the event, the university's first at the American Express Community Stadium, illustrated collaboration between the two universities for the benefit of students and employers.
Professor Julian Crampton, Alex Klyuchnikova, University of Brighton development and alumni projects officer, and Sam Rhodes.
This was the first time the two universities have held their careers fairs together under one roof, and the venue has already been booked for the same event next year.
Sam Rhodes, University of Brighton’s careers service manager, said: "We previously held our careers fair on our Moulsecoomb campus but we needed a larger space.
"By collaborating with the University of Sussex we were able to hire the larger community stadium and we were able to jointly invite more employers and students."
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