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  • I have really enjoyed the insight into a number of different roles in HE management and also different institutions. My first placement was in the Careers Department at the University of Manchester and my second is at Lancaster University supporting business to improve their trade links with China. This breadth of experience will be really valuable in deciding what aspect of HE most suits me and where I want to aim for in the future. On top of this, it's great to have the network of other graduates on the scheme to share experiences with, as well as the learning sets and the support of a mentor.

    Alex Barker, Manchester Graduate Trainee

We realise that to continue to deliver world-leading, university education in an increasingly competitive market, we need to attract the best graduates to lead and inspire. That's why we're looking for high calibre individuals with the ambition to drive their career to the very top.

Having made the most of your time at university, you may value the chance to give something back to the student population. You will be strongly motivated by the opportunity to shape the future of a rapidly-changing sector. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are vital, as you'll be working with and influencing a variety of the brightest people both on the graduate programme and as your career progresses.

You'll relish the opportunity to work on a number of challenging projects, both nationally and internationally, and will be passionate about driving forward your own development so that you can become a first-class future leader in a truly vibrant and exciting sector.



  • You have graduated as an undergraduate or postgraduate since July 2013, or you expect to have graduated by the start of the programme in September 2018.
  • If you do not have a postgraduate qualification, you must have achieved or be predicted to achieve at least a 2:1 in you undergraduate degree.
  • You are eligible to work in the UK for the length of the programme
  • You are passionate about pursuing a high profile career in the university sector
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