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Career and Employability Services is made up of three teams:

Career Consultants

Our Career Consultants offer one-to-one appointments throughout the year, with advice and guidance to enable you to make informed choices about your career plans and help you to achieve your aims and ambitions. They also run employability workshops and sessions within faculties, as well as teaching employability modules on certain courses.

Information and Communications Team

Our Information Team are responsible for running the Careers reception, providing drop-in services to students, managing our website & social media, and promoting & marketing all our services. 

Employer and Placement Services Team

Our Employability Advisers work with a range of local and national employers, and they use this insight to offer students advice on finding and applying for part-time work. They are also responsible for organising the Summer Experience internships, Bradford Graduate Internship programme, our regular careers fairs and the contracts for all students working on campus.


See our individual contact details and biographies below.

Joanne Beaumont

Joanne Beaumont

Head of Careers & Employability

Jo is Head of the Career and Employability Services and University lead for employability. She also represents the University with a range of local strategic organisations regarding employment and skills matters. Jo has extensive experience in the pre and post-16 schools and college sectors, HE sector and career guidance sector in a variety of roles including frontline service delivery, operation and strategic management, project management, training and development, quality assurance and teaching, and lecturing.

Hermione Berry

Hermione Berry

Career Consultant

Hermione is an experienced Career Consultant with responsibility for links with the Faculty of Management and Law and supporting MBA students. She has lead responsibility for the Careers Guidance Service and has a specific interest in enterprise and self-employment. With over 15 years as a Careers Practitioner, Hermione has supported a range of clients from ‎undergraduates and graduates to experienced executives. She has previously been Programme Leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Career Management in Practice and currently teaches on a range of modules.

Hermione also has over 10 years prior experience in Human Resources, specialising in graduate recruitment, in ‎investment banking, retail and a call centre and also worked as Placement Manager with the East London Business School. She also works as a Freelance Careers Consultant.

Roy Christian

Roy Christian

Career Consultant - Faculty of Engineering & Informatics

Roy is an experienced Career Consultant with responsibility for the Faculty of Engineering & Informatics. She has lead responsibility for the Career and Employability Services Programme of Employability Workshops and Presentations, Psychometric Tests, Career Ambassadors and International Students.  Roy has 17 years’ experience as a careers practitioner and has supported a range of students and graduates focusing on developing and enhancing their employability.

Roy has taught on the Personal, Career and Professional Development Module for Clinical Science Students (and acted as Personal Academic Tutor for Foundation and first year students), CPD Module for IT, Technology and Industrial Engineering and contributed careers sessions to other Module Programmes in various faculties.

She also works very closely with various companies and was recently nominated by IMI Precision Engineering (IMI Plc) for the National Undergraduate Employability Awards (sponsored by RateMyPlacement) for outstanding contribution to Work Experience.

A geology graduate, Roy worked initially as an Exploration Geologist with Sarawak Shell in Malaysia which included working on off-shore oil rigs in South China Sea.  Since coming to the UK, Roy worked for 13 years in HR and recruitment in a charitable organisation before switching role to become a Careers Practitioner.

Gillian Coyle

Gillian Coyle

Career Consultant

Gillian is an experienced Careers Adviser currently working at the Universities of Bradford and Huddersfield. She has also worked previously at Sheffield Hallam and the University of Sheffield universities and as a schools and FE careers adviser. She has a very broad experience of 1:1 careers guidance, teaching career management and employability skills, across the full range of non-vocational, vocational and professional subject areas. She has a special interest in working with postgraduate taught and research students and is an active member of AGCAS's Postgraduate Students Task Group.

Patricia Farren

Patricia Farren

Career Consultant- Faculty of Health Studies

Patricia is an experienced Career Consultant and trainer (CIPD accredited).  She is the link Career Consultant for the Faculty of Health Studies and is jointly responsible for the Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Career Management in Practice from Sept 2017. 

Patricia has substantial management experience, alongside her careers and training portfolio.  

Marah Gardner

Marah Gardner

Career Consultant- Faculty of Social Sciences

Marah has twenty years’ experience of employability and personal development work in several Yorkshire universities. Her particular interests are in languages, literature, UK/ global politics, and working with postgraduates. She has led various projects on widening access to higher education for Leeds University. She has a PGCE and an MA in Education which focused on mature students and mental health. Marah’s other experience includes organising and leading international cultural exchanges; and working in the USA for a University of Hawaii/ State Department of Health programme supporting children with disabilities and their families.

Heather Marshall

Heather Marshall

Career Consultant- Faculty of Life Sciences

Heather is the Career Consultant who links with the Faculty of Life Sciences. This role includes teaching on the Personal, Career and Professional Development module for Clinical Sciences students.

She is the lead Career Consultant for the teaching work done by the Career and Employability Service, and also leads on staff training and development.

She has acted as External Examiner, in connection with Career Planning modules at the University of Dundee. Heather’s experience as a Higher Education Careers Adviser has included working at the University of Leeds, Huddersfield University and Leeds Trinity. 

Beverley Thomas

Beverley Thomas

Lead Career Consultant - Faculty of Social Sciences

Beverley has responsibility for working with the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Beverley is also Course Tutor on the Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Career Management in Practice.

Andrew Rowbotham

Andrew Rowbotham

Careers Information and Communications Coordinator

Andrew leads the development and provision of information resources and communication services for Career and Employability Services and coordinates the day-to-day provision and development of front line services to students. Working closely with the Employer Services Manager he is responsible for the hosting our biannual careers fairs. He has over 20 years' experience of managing information services and a passion for driving up quality standards and customer satisfaction.

Daniel Penn

Daniel Penn

Careers Data and Planning Officer

Daniel is responsible for coordinating and analysing the Destinations of Leavers from HE survey (DLHE). He undertakes analysis of employment data at local and regional level (LMI) and is editor of “What Do Graduates Do?", an AGCAS publication. Daniel is also the Health and Safety Representative for LSS / CDS. Daniel spent 2 years working in Personnel / HR for the NHS, and was involved in MBA student recruitment while working for the School of Management. He also has experience of ERDF funded projects working with SMEs locally.

Aruna Bhardwaj

Aruna Bhardwaj

Information Adviser (Events & Activities)

Aruna is responsible for the administration of all Career and Employability Services Modules and liaison with the External Examiner. She is the First Aider for CES and coordinates the effective use of office space and ordering of stationery. She is also part of the team providing frontline services and one-to-one information and advice drop-in services to students and graduates. Aruna has more than 21 years experience of secretarial / administration work within the HE sector.

Naila Hussain

Naila Hussain

Information Adviser (Customer Service)

Steve Tillotson

Steve Tillotson

Information Adviser (Communications)

Steve has been part of the information and communications team since July 2014. He is responsible for maintaining and developing our web and social media content and hard copy materials as well as contributing to the delivery of one-to-one information and advice drop-in services to students and graduates.

He has a Masters Degree in Fine Art from The Royal College of Art, and as well as creating and marketing his own art and illustration projects, he has experience in a variety of roles including copywriting, customer service and administration.

Alison Hedley

Alison Hedley

Employer & Placement Services Manager

Alison leads on the development of work-based learning and employer engagement for Career & Employability Services with the purpose of providing students with opportunities to apply their knowledge in practice, develop their employability skills and make a successful transition into their chosen profession on graduating. 

She manages the Employer & Placement Services Team who work alongside Career Consultants to develop work-based learning and placement opportunities in Faculty, deliver extra-curricular student and graduate internship programmes, organise career events and graduate recruitment fairs, manage a range of opportunities and funding for students to study or work abroad and run the University’s on-campus Student Employment Service. 

Nicola Crowther

Nicola Crowther

Employment and Information Adviser

Nicola is responsible for all of the operational aspects of the University Work Register and is the main contact for internal departments wishing to recruit student workers. She issues Casual Worker Agreements to students who work on campus and manages the monthly payroll for student staff.

Nicola is the main contact for employers wishing to promote their vacancies to our students and supports the administration of central Careers fairs held on campus. She is also part of the team providing one-to-one information and advice drop-in services to students and graduates. 

Elaine Dean

Elaine Dean

Employer and Placement Services Consultant

Elaine is the Employer and Placement Services Consultant with responsibility for the Faculties of Management & Law and Engineering & Informatics. She is part of a team approach to supporting faculties working alongside a link Careers Consultant and Employer & Placement Services Adviser.

Elaine offers support to academic staff in developing work-based learning activities within the curriculum, in forging links with employers to participate in such activities and in sourcing relevant internship, placement and employment opportunities for students and graduates. She also provides support directly to students in seeking out and securing placements and other activities which will develop employability skills.

Elaine is also team lead for student engagement in employer events and activities.

Urfan Faqir

Urfan Faqir

Employer and Placement Services Adviser

Urfan engages with employers across the region and beyond to source professional level employment opportunities for our students and graduates. He is responsible for delivery of the Summer Experience programme which is open to first and second year students across the University offering an opportunity to gain paid work experience during vacation time. He also supports the Bradford Graduate Internship programme, actively securing and promoting opportunities to students and recent graduates.

Urfan also works directly with students, offering support in finding work experience, developing employability skills, CV writing, and interview preparation.

Urfan is also the link Employer and Placement Adviser to Faculty of Engineering & Informatics and Faculty of Social Sciences as part of the team approach alongside the Careers Consultant and the Employer & Placement Services Consultant.

Catherine Jandzio

Catherine Jandzio

Employer and Placement Consultant

Catherine is the Employer and Placement Services Consultant with responsibility for the Faculties of Health Studies, Social Sciences and Life Sciences. She is part of a team approach to supporting faculties working alongside a link Careers Consultant and Employer & Placement Services Adviser.

Catherine offers support to academic staff in developing work-based learning activities within the curriculum, in forging links with employers to participate in such activities and in sourcing relevant internship, placement and employment opportunities for students and graduates. She also provides support directly to students in seeking out and securing placements and other activities which will develop employability skills.

She is also team lead in working with the Disabilities team to ensure work-based learning and placement opportunities are accessible to students who require additional support.

Ithsham Tariq

Ithsham Tariq

Employer and Placement Services Adviser

Ithsham is project lead for the Bradford Graduate Internship programme which provides recent graduates from all disciplines at the University of Bradford with opportunities to secure an initial internship position after graduation. He also supports the Summer Experience student internship programme.

His role involves raising awareness amongst students of placement and job opportunities, and building relationships with opportunity providers to facilitate their engagement with the University. He also offers CV advice and provides one to one careers information and advice to students and graduates seeking work experience and part-time work.

Ithsham is also the link Employer & Placement Services Adviser for Faculties of Life Sciences, Management & Law and Health Studies as part of the team approach alongside the Careers Consultant and the Employer & Placement Services Consultant.

Claire Hunter

Claire Hunter

International Opportunities Coordinator

Claire is the lead on the University’s international exchange programmes for students and staff, and also the Erasmus Institutional Coordinator. She is a main point of contact for both inbound and outbound students and the University’s exchange partner institutions. Claire can advise on a range of international opportunities appropriate to a student’s degree course, and also on sources of funding.

Claire has ten years’ experience working in Higher Education, and previously worked in export sales and the NHS.  She has travelled widely, including a year spent studying in Beijing, and has a MA in International Higher Education.