Working with us

As part of the Careers and Employment Service, the Derby talent team are specialist in student and graduate recruitment, offering help, advice and guidance to organisations. 

There are a wide range of different ways you can work with the Derby talent team. The ways in which you can work with us include:

Careers fairs and events, employer presentations, panels, webinars and skills sessions

The Derby talent team host a wide range of on campus and virtual events including; careers fairs, employer presentations, panels, webinars, skills sessions, networking events and conferences. 

Careers fairs

We host two Derby talent fairs during the academic year, these are a great opportunity for your organisation to showcase your placement and graduate opportunities. These fairs are open to students from all year groups and programmes, and recent graduates.

We also host fairs that promote specific opportunities and are aimed at students on specific programmes across our campus sites such as our engineering and technology fair. 


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Employer presentations and panels, webinars and skills sessions

Can you help our students prepare for the world of work? We are always looking for employers to run insight, information, and skills sessions. These can be on campus or held virtually.

These sessions help students gain knowledge, understanding of specific sectors and awareness of the skills they need for their job-hunting, recruitment processes and future careers as well as raising awareness of the organisation and opportunities.

Work experience and work-based learning projects/live briefs

As part of the learning and teaching strategy at the University of Derby, second-year students are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of integrated work experience.

We have two defined types of work experience: work experience placement and work-based learning project/live brief.

Work experience placement - 30 hours

For organisations and employers, 30 hours of work experience placements allow you to contribute to the development of the next generation of potential employees and get a sneak peek at the quality of the students and graduates at the University of Derby.

Taking on a work experience student is a good way to get extra, short-term support into your business. Students could work on a small project to solve a problem, tackle low-priority but impactful jobs or undertake research using their specialist skills and knowledge. There is no cost to your organisation hiring a 30 hour work experience placement.

Work experience placements are a fantastic way for our students to experience what their chosen area of study can lead to in terms of a career path.

Work-based learning project/live brief

Give us a real business problem and we can challenge our students to come up with creative ideas and solutions, while being supported by a tutor. We will work with you to see where your project can align with the module outcomes on specific programmes. 

If you have the capacity, you may also wish to consider some of our other programmes of support that could develop from your live brief, such as an internship or a longer placement.


Recruitment support including use of our onsite facilities

The Derby talent team can offer practical recruitment support, whether this be uploading roles, shortlisting, support with interviews or just additional promotion of roles via our social media channels. We can book rooms free of charge for student and employer activity, and interviews or assessment centres.


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Get funding for student and graduate internships

Through the Derby Talent Programme your business may be eligible for financial support towards the costs of employing a student or graduate intern.

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Connecting in curriculum

Some of our programmes include embedded placements which are managed by the individual college. These programmes ensure students meet the number of hours required for their professional qualification. If you want to discuss an embedded placement, we can connect you to the relevant academic team.



Is your no-for-profit organisation or charity looking for volunteers? If so, we can help you advertise your opportunities to thousands of students and graduates who are often looking for ways to build experience and do something positive for their community.

If you're a registered charity or non-profit, you can promote opportunities for free to our students and graduates through our online vacancy portal. Please view our step-by-step guide on how to use the portal.

Alternatively, email our volunteering team via if you'd like to talk through your options.


Work shadowing

Work shadowing is a great way for students and recent graduates to meet professionals from your organisation, observe their working day and ask questions about the role, organisation and sector. Work shadowing would usually range from half a day to two days.


Industry advisory boards

Colleges within the University have established industry advisory boards. The intention of these boards is to work closer with organisations to develop the skills and attributes in our students that employers are looking for. These are 'critical friends' groups and have representation from a wide range of sectors and size of organisations.


Networking events and professional events

The University and Careers and Employment Service offers a range of networking events including talent fairs, Derbyshire Festival of Business events, Derbyshire Top 200, specific fairs and panels and the Derby Impact Collaboration and Engagement Network (DICE).

To view a range of the University of Derby business events, please visit Business events - Events - University of Derby

Sponsorship of awards, events or places

There are a range of ways you can support and inspire our students and recent graduates and raise your organisation's profile. Your organisation can sponsor a careers fair or conference and provide a keynote speaker or sponsor a Union of Student Employability award.


Service promise

We promise to listen to your requirements, offering you advice and guidance and a streamlined process to access the University of Derby’s excellent talent. You will receive a personalised service, responsive to your needs. 

Wider business services

The University of Derby is a university of and for business; an applied university, committed to using our research and knowledge, expertise and resources to inspire and develop the organisations of today and tomorrow. Using technology, we offer learning and personal development, industry-shaping research and innovation, digital networking events and seminars along with support to nurture and recruit your workforce. For further information, learn about our growing innovation and business.

Contact us

To discuss any of this information in more detail, please get in touch with the Derby talent team directly via email: or telephone: 01332 592939.