Students converge on Manchester for employability boost

Presentation Event


Students from 11 universities will come together with employers from 22 companies in Manchester on Wednesday 20th November for an extra-ordinary developmental experience, as part of their employer-accredited Tech Industry Gold degrees.

Universities Aston, Derby, Chester, Greenwich, Lancaster, Loughborough, Northumbria, Manchester, Oxford Brookes, Queen Mary University of London and the University of the West of England are bringing teams of students to learn from and be inspired by the staff of AOL, Arup, Bain, BBC, BT, CGI, Cisco, Deloitte, Fujitsu, GSK, IBM, Information Catalyst, Informed Solutions, Jaguar Land Rover, Merkle, National Grid, OVO Energy, RBS, Shop Direct, Tata Consultancy Services, Valitudo Technologies Limited and Volutus.

Graduates of Tech Industry Gold degrees outperform computer science overall, all degrees overall, and almost every separate subject area on all key measures, including academic results and employability. Twice yearly student / employer events are an important part of this employability boost, focusing as they do on innovation, entrepreneurship and interpersonal skills development. 

On Wednesday, at the 25th such event since 2006, students will participate in skills development sessions with Accenture, RBS and Merkle, meet as many employers as they can in the popular ‘speed networking’, and get a view of the future from Amazon Web Services and Deloitte keynote speakers.

Deloitte has also generously sponsored this event’s competition, which challenges teams from each university to use technology to design a new commercial model for higher education. Employer judging panels at the event will assess not only innovation in the use of technology, but also business viability and, in a particular theme for the day, relevant data protection and ethical considerations. 

Any employer interested in getting involved in future events should contact [email protected], and any university interested in finding out more about Tech Industry Gold accreditation should contact  [email protected].

About Tech Industry Gold

Tech Industry Gold is the industry accreditation for digital and tech degrees and degree apprenticeships – BSc (Hons), MSci (Hons) and MSc. Designed to meet standards that are defined by employers, Tech Industry Gold programmes integrate industry-relevant academic learning with the technical, business and interpersonal skills new recruits need to excel in digital careers. They not only meet industry standards for content, delivery, and assessment but also offer a unique student experience due to the active support of employers.

All stakeholders benefit: students can choose Tech Industry Gold programmes with confidence because of their results, including outstanding employment and academic outcomes. Employers get easier access to exceptional talent and new recruits with the skills to be immediately productive in work. For universities, offering Tech Industry Gold accredited programmes helps them to grow new markets and recruit highly engaged students who achieve outstanding results.

About Tech Partnership Degrees

Employer-led and not-for-profit, Tech Partnership Degrees unites employers and universities to improve the flow of talent into the digital workforce through industry-accredited Tech Industry Gold degrees and degree apprenticeships.

The Tech Partnership Degrees Employer Board comprises senior executives from Accenture, Air Products, Amazon, Bain & Company, Barclaycard, BT, Capgemini, CGI, Cisco, Deloitte, the Department for Work and Pensions, Equanimity, Fujitsu, HSBC, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover, Network Rail, NHS Digital, Quicksilva, SAS, Tata Consultancy Services and VMWare.

Universities offering Tech Industry Gold accredited degreeand degree apprenticeships include: Anglia Ruskin, Aston, Birkbeck, Blackpool and The Fylde College, BPP, Chester, Chichester, Derby, Exeter, Glasgow Caledonian, Greenwich, Hertfordshire, Lancaster, Leeds Beckett, Loughborough, Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan, Northumbria, the Open University, Oxford Brookes, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Ravensbourne College, Roehampton / QA, Salford, Sheffield Hallam, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Sunderland, Teesside, University of Central Lancashire, University of East London, University of the West of England (UWE), University of West London (UWL) and Winchester.

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For all enquiries, please email [email protected]