The Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Teams at Bishop Grosseteste University have been awarded ‘Employer of the Year’ by Sir Robert Pattinson Academy, one of their local partnership schools.

The teams work with students in Years 9-13 in schools and colleges nationally to help highlight opportunities in Higher Education. All their services, which include presentations, guest lectures, visits to the university campus and structured Widening Participation Programmes, are free of charge to both students and schools.

As highlighted by the school while giving the award, which recognises partner organisations that go above and beyond for the School’s students, this wide ranging approach, coupled with a drive to support, was one of the things that put BGU above its peers:

"This year’s winner have taken part in our Post 16 Pathways Market Place, spent the day with us carrying out mock interviews with our Year 11 students. They invited our whole Year 9 cohort to their campus for a day of activities, worked with the Academy delivering a multitude of workshops to students in Years 9-13 including their First Step/Next Steps programme. Always willing to come in and support with our curriculum delivery or host us on campus this year our Employer of the Year Award goes to BGU"

Speaking following the award, Gemma Gazi, Widening Participation Officer at BGU, shared her delight:

“We are delighted to be awarded the employer of the year award, it is great to be able to offer support to students helping them with decisions around their futures and helping to raise their aspirations”

Further information on how you can interact with our Student Recruitment and Widening Participation teams can be found at

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