Edge Hill University is celebrating after winning an award for helping boost career opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The University won in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity category at the AGCAS Awards for Excellence, which recognise good practice amongst Higher Education careers and employability practitioners.
Edge Hill was also shortlisted in the Building Effective Partnerships category.
The win is in relation to RE:Action 24/7, a new social mobility programme developed by education and employability firm TG Consulting and national rental agency Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
By signing up to the programme, 600 Edge Hill students had access to live sessions across a free seven-week programme including inspirational keynotes, personal development seminars and aspirational employment masterclasses.
Becka Colley-Foster, Interim Head of Careers at Edge Hill University, said:
“Judges commended our work in developing confidence in students and recent graduates, helping them develop and enhance their career aspirations.
“Winning this award highlights our determination to help students build confidence and develop a positive mindset to help their career development.
“Opportunity for all is a key component of the University’s ethos and we want our students to feel empowered in the knowledge that they can reach their full potential.”
RE:Action 24/7 was also delivered by Leeds Beckett University, Aston University, Middlesex University, Queen Mary University of London, Swansea University and University of Greenwich.
AGCAS is the expert membership organisation for higher education student career development and graduate employment professionals. The organisation supports the best possible career outcomes from higher education for individuals, institutions, society and the economy.