Monday, 10 March 2014

The National Undergraduate Employability Awards

On Friday 7th March, RMP Enterprise hosted their annual celebration of the world of placements, internships and work experience. Rebranded this year as the National Undergraduate Employability Awards (having previously been known as the National Placement and Internship Awards), the event drew together employers, placement services and some very talented interns.

PlaceNet were well represented at the Awards, with five of our Trustees in attendance. Virginia Goodwill presented the headline award 'Top Undergraduate Employer' to the winning organisation (the result of which is embargoed until RateMyPlacement publicise their Top Employers Guide for 2014-15). Vanetta Cayenne and Alex Elkins were on hand to network with other attendees and to promote the upcoming #PlaceNet14 Conference

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The Top 100 Undergraduate Employers - Award sponsored by PlaceNet
Mike Grey and his EC Futures team at Coventry University were deserving finalists in the Best University Placement Service category. Meanwhile it was third time lucky for Graham Kaye-Taylor who after narrowly missing out in 2012 and 2013, left with the 2014 Outstanding Contribution to Work Experience award.

We would like to extend our congratulations to all of the winners, but particularly those in the University Awards

Aston University - Best University Placement Service
University of the West of England - Best University Careers / Employability Service
University of Birmingham (College of Social Sciences) - Most Improved Commitment to Employability
Graham Kaye-Taylor - Outstanding Contribution to Work Experience
Tim Ward - Highly Commended - Outstanding Contribution to Work Experience

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The PlaceNet table - with new hot off the press tablecloth
Thank you to RateMyPlacement for staging another superb awards and we look forward to returning to the #NUEAwards in 2015

Thursday, 6 March 2014

PlaceNet Rebranded

You may have noticed that PlaceNet has had a bit of a rebrand. As a modern 21st century organisation, we felt that our existing logo looked a little dated and wanted to adopt something fresh which encapsulated the collaborative approach that our members use in linking students with industry.

Rather than approach a specific designer direct, PlaceNet's Alex Elkins (Branding & Marketing) sourced designs through crowdsourcing. A brief was posted online via DesignCrowd and the submitted entries were voted upon by our Trustees.

We are very pleased with the finished product and proud to unveil our newly designed logo below. Please feel free to leave feedback in the comments section below.

Monday, 3 March 2014

#PlaceNet14 Conference Announcement

The PlaceNet Trustees are pleased to announce that our 2014 conference will take place in Leeds. #PlaceNet14 will run from Wednesday 21 May - Friday 23 May at the Leeds Marriott Hotel. The team are working hard behind the scenes to bring you a exciting group of speakers at what we hope will be our best conference yet.

Booking information and membership renewal details will be released shortly. In the meantime, put the dates in your diary and we'll look forward to seeing you in West Yorkshire.