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About Employer and Placement Services

The Employer and Placement Services Team is a key part of Career and Employability Services at the University of Bradford. Our primary aim is to develop links and relationships with employers and encourage them to work with us and provide opportunities for students and graduates to learn, work and progress in their chosen field.

We take a progressive approach to employer engagement and welcome discussions about new initiatives and ideas. Working with a university can be difficult if you don't know who to talk to. You may wish to link up to one or more departments to shape the way your future employees learn and think, become involved in pioneering new projects relevant to your industry, or you may simply wish to tap into a pipeline of fresh new talent as students emerge from their studies ready for the world of work. The Employer Services team can help you navigate the different ways you can become involved with the University and draw on the myriad of opportunities it offers.

Talk to us if you are interested in:

  • offering work experience opportunities for students
  • providing graduate level employment
  • contributing to academic programmes
  • running a skills workshop
  • attending networking events and careers fairs

By becoming involved you can contribute to the local economy, benefit directly from the knowledge of academics and their students, and take advantage of our low cost recruitment services. You may also benefit from one of a number of  placement and internship programmes which enable you to see how our students perform and the contribution they can make to your business.

To find out more contact us at employerservices@bradford.ac.uk or call us on 01274 234991.

Please see our Statement of Service for Employers Aug 2017.

Advice and Consultancy

Our knowledge of the graduate employment market and of students' perceptions and needs is considerable. If you want answers to questions such as:

  • What is the average starting salary for an engineer?
  • How can I make my vacancies more interesting to students?
  • Does our degree course in . . . contain modules on . . . ?
  • Would my project be suitable for a placement?
  • How can I recruit a diverse workforce?
  • What are my competitors doing to recruit the best people?

We will do our best to answer any question you have on graduate and student recruitment and selection, and if we don't know the answer, we'll find someone who does.

Meet the team

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. 

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.

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.

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.