ParliaMentors 2015/16 – Applications Now Open!

Do you see yourself as a future community or political leader? Would you like to develop your skills through a fullyfunded, year-long programme? How often do you get the chance to be mentored by an MP?  
ParliaMentors is a UN Award winning leadership programme where teams of university students of different faiths and non-religious beliefs collaborate to create real social change while being mentored by a local MP.  
Through expert-led training, support from local and national NGOs and opening up access to Westminster, ParliaMentors gives students the networks and skills they need to affect real change in their communities, in their careers and in the political arena.  
On the programme, you will: 
  • See politics in action: Gain a unique insight into the political process while being mentored by MPs and Peers. 
  • Create social change: Work in mixed-belief teams to create social action projects with support from leading charities. 
  • Develop leadership skills: Learn through direct experience, expert-led training workshops and events. 
  • Build networks: Create new professional and personal links and join our 300-strong global network of young leaders. 
For more information and access to our online application form click here:  
ParliaMentors runs alongside the academic year, starting in September 2015 and running until June 2016. You must therefore be a current student next academic year to apply. The deadline for applications is Friday 27th March, but places are limited so apply as soon as possible  
This video also gives a great idea of what the programme is all about. 
If you have any questions that aren’t answered by our FAQs then please get in touch at or call us on 0207 485 1350. 

Social Policy – Spotlight on ‘Employability’ (Throughout February 2015)


Throughout February Social Policy students will have access to a range of events and activities especially designed to support career planning and employment skills.

  • ‘What’s Next?’ employability conference. 3rd year Social Policy students only. Wednesday 4th Feb 2015 @ The mac. Register here
  • Weekly career guidance drop-in sessions exclusively for Social Policy students. Open to all years. Every Wednesday 1.30pm-3pm, 9th Floor Muirhead Tower, room 911.
  • Delivering a knock-out presentation: A masterclass. A how-to guide to giving effective presentations inside and outside the classroom. 1st and 2nd year students only. Monday 9th February 11am -12noon Muirhead Tower, room 710. Register here:
  • ‘Finding Hidden Work Experience’ – A how-to session to support Social Policy students in approaching organisations to ask for an internship or work experience. Open to all years. Friday 13th February 1pm Muirhead Tower, room 415. Register here:
  • Professional mentors – Want access to a mentor who will help you to build confidence or provide you with insight into a particular career? Come and hear about the University mentoring scheme! 1st and 2nd years only. Wednesday 25th February 1pm Muirhead Tower, Room 427. Register here:

Social Impact Reporter – Exclusive to UoB students. Up to 6 opportunities available


Work placement opportunity with a small community interest company (CIC) based in Smethwick. TAAGS (Training Advocacy & Guidance Services) are a group advocating on behalf of the Deaf community in and around the West Midlands.

We are looking to assemble a team of students from multi disciplinary academic fields to conduct research on data gathered from a year long pilot project. The main object is to demonstrate the Social, economic and environmental impact of our drop in centres here at TAAGS. Your specialist skills will identify and uncover the extent of impact TAAGS have achieved through working with the deaf community and services.

You will be working as part of a small team which will include researchers from other disciplines. The object will be to measure social impact and decipher data from a year long pilot project that has highlighted the value of this specific service with the Deaf community. We need your help to formalise the data and ask what you can see that we may have missed.

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Final years! University of Birmingham Graduate Scheme is open for applications!


The University is committed to attracting the best and the brightest students, academics and staff. Our Graduate Training Scheme in Professional Services (GTS) is a one-year programme that provides Birmingham graduates with an entry point into an extremely exciting and diverse career in Higher Education Management. The aim of the GTS is to recruit the University’s next generation of leaders and managers and equip our students to be able to stand-out from the crowd when applying for jobs in the future.

The one-year programme includes a planned rotation of placements in different areas of the University, complemented by training and development and mentoring throughout from a senior member of staff. Trainees gain experience in key areas of University operations and build an understanding of the institution, its strategy, its environment, and its stakeholders. Trainees are supported to develop the skills and behaviours of theBirmingham Professional, the University’s statement and programme of what it means to be a member of Birmingham Professional Services. At the end of the one-year programme, the skills and experience Graduate Trainees will gain should position them well for jobs at the University of Birmingham or externally.

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Birmingham City Council summer work experience programme now open!


Applications for the Birmingham City Council Summer Programme are now open!

21 different departments have offered opportunities for students at the University of Birmingham to gain work experience over the summer.

To see the full list of positions available to apply for, please log in to Careers Connect and search for ‘Birmingham City Council’ under Opportunities.

Deadline for applications is the 5th January 2015.

For any questions please email

Social Policy Careers Event

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When: 4/12/14, starting at 17:30                   Where: Learning Center UG06

The Social Policy Society are hosting their own careers event with special guests who will give talks and practical advice on careers in social policy related fields. Guests include:

  • representatives from the police force
  • a Social Policy alumni working for envision
  • Social Policy graduates working in regional administration and educational associations
  • a student doing law conversion and citizenship foundation.

Even if you’re not interested in these areas yourselves they will be talking about their experiences in both getting a job and the work place, as-well as a great opportunity to network which will help you in your future career.

Food will be provided!

Careers Club: Finding hidden work experience seminar


When:  10-Dec-2014 – 13:30 14:30          Where: Arts 360

Do you struggle to find advertised work experience and internships in your chosen area? Then why not take action and create your own! Facilitated by two Internship Officers from Careers Network, we will discuss the subject of ‘creating your own work experience’ and the ways to do this. This is a great opportunity to share your ideas, get advice and find out more about gaining work experience through speculative applications, in an informal group environment. Come along if you want to learn and share with others!

Register here