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Underpinning this project is a commitment to creating equity and inclusion, recognising that students from underrepresented groups, can lack the social capital needed for securing graduate level employment and, as a result of complex demands on their time, may be less prepared for online careers events.


This project aims to develop a toolkit, co-created by students, recent graduates, academics and employers, which enables students from underrepresented backgrounds to develop the confidence and competencies required to access and participate successfully in virtual events for graduate-level employment. The project will be informed through a reverse mentoring programme which pairs students with employers to learn from each other,  helping  students develop graduate skills including self-awareness, self-promotion, networking and interpersonal and commercial awareness and enabling employers to develop more inclusive recruitment practices, removing unnecessary barriers for underrepresented groups.


The toolkit will be complemented by an Inclusive Futures Online Careers Fair in partnership with Group GTI, where students will be able to apply their learning from a range of resources including videos, case studies and good practice guides. 


The project team aim to prepare students from underrepresented groups to engage fully and effectively with graduate employers, enhancing their student learning for the purpose of career decision making and creating opportunity – a key outcome will be the development of confident students who have reflected on their strengths and understand how to articulate these at online careers employer events.


The toolkit of online resources will be available for all UK higher education providers.

Project lead:

London Metropolitan University

Project partners:

University of West London, University of Westminster, University of Hertfordshire, Kingston University and University of Roehampton

Other Collaborative Enhancement Projects

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