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2022 EY Global Career Services Summit Awards

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Tom Devlin Founders Award for Innovation

Binghamton University (USA) for Career Clusters: Using technology to connect students to tailored career content

Kelli Smith and Denise Lorenzetti

In analyzing the most common career paths pursued by Binghamton University students, the center created seven career clusters. Through these clusters we provide students with the most relevant, updated, and useful career information based on their specific career interests.

The implementation of this model was facilitated using the uConnect platform. Rather than a stagnate website, this interactive tool that enables students to join career clusters and select the types of information they want to receive and it’s available 24/7.

Comparing 2020 and 2021 data, there was a 50% increases in students’ use of the platform due to the ease with which they can access tailored career information.

Best Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Program

University of Miami (USA) for BreakThru Meet-Up: Diversity Recruiting

Christian Garcia

In collaboration with the United Black Students, Black Student Leadership Caucus, and Multicultural Student Affairs, the University of Miami’s “BreakThru” program was held the hour prior to the start of our Job & Internship Expo and provided a space for BIPOC students to network and dialogue with company representatives – recruiters who represented the diversity of the student body and could speak to their company’s DEI strategies. Since the program started, it has expanded and transitioned into “BreakThru Meet-Up: Diversity Recruiting,” a three-hour event that featured employers, the student government, and a keynote speaker. In addition, a comprehensive DEI Recruiting Kit was made available to all employers and a DEI Employer Index was compiled for students so they could clearly identify the DEI actions and policies made by each organization. 

Best Faculty Program

Kingston University London (UK) for Navigate personal development programme

Ali Orr

Navigate, a series of three 2-hour workshops entitled ‘Understanding Each Other’, ‘Understanding Yourself’ and ‘Understanding Your Future’, was embedded into the curriculum in over 30 different degree courses across the university, enabling us to reach over 1000 students in the pilot year. Topics explored through the programme included: Meeting new people; Strengths and weaknesses; Building confidence; Values and motivations; Imagined futures; Design Thinking; and Signposting to support services. Working with course leaders, in some courses the Navigate programme was embedded alongside the Personal Tutor (PT) system, giving PTs greater insight into their students and allowing them to follow up on the themes explored in the workshops to develop stronger learning communities. In other courses, the workshops were integrated with more in-depth exploration of salient issues including sustainability and anti-Racism.

Best Student Program

Queen Mary University of London (UK) for The Student Consultancy Project

Judith Baines and Lindsey Shirah

The Student Consultancy Project (SCP) is a multi-disciplinary work-based learning programme designed to offer students an opportunity to build their employability through working on real-life consultancy projects with local businesses and charities. After working on a consultancy project in multidisciplinary teams of 5, students deliver their research and recommendations to the client in the form of a short report and presentation. All projects involve elements of research, analysis and recommendation. The consultancy work is complemented by a bespoke programme of “wraparound support” which consists of a series of training and reflective sessions led by university careers professionals to support their development of employment skills.

Best University Employer Partnership

University of Limerick (Ireland) for The UL Diversity & Inclusion Employability Programme

Gavin Connell

At UL, we have created an innovative, fully inclusive Employability Programme for students with disabilities that provide positive employment outcomes. This multi-stakeholder model includes students, employers, academics, UL’s disability support service, and external agencies.

Each student with a disability requires a unique programme, which considers the nature of their disability. The project’s success indicates that all students with disabilities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disabilities, have been successfully placed in suitable work placements and that final-year students have been supported in their transition to employment.

Since the programme commenced, there have been 800+ students who have been supported in the workplace. Currently, 175 students are on the programme for this academic year.