The academic calendar is always full to the brim with deadlines and university socials but there are a number of student events that it may be vital you note down. From graduate employability events to UCAS information and guidance, there are endless events out there, besides university open days, that could make your life and future far easier. Here we have done the hard work for you and put together the ultimate academic calendar so that you don’t miss a thing.
As the academic year kicks off and UCAS applications are distant memory there are a number of events to get your university career off to a flying start. Firstly the Student Lock In London promises to ease you in to student living and before you are scraping pennies together for the weekly shop you can enjoy amazing deals on the high street. This event takes place in Uxbridge every October and sees entertainment, giveaways and exclusive discounts, just for students! See their website studentlockin.com for more details and dates.
If you are not the fresh faced first year that is new to the world of lock ins and freshers fairs there are still important events for you. The London Graduate Fair offers CV advice and networking opportunities that aim to steer your career in the right direction, particularly useful for those looking into competitive industries such as a business management degree students. With the reputation as the biggest national graduate recruitment fair in London with thousands of jobs and over 80 top employers to network with and meet, you can’t afford to miss it during your final year.
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February 2014 sees Student Pride come to London for the first time. This prominent LGBT event has been running annually since 2005 and is run by students for students to promote support and providing a forum for LGBT individuals to feel safe and secure whilst getting any questions they might have answered and introducing them to relevant groups and societies. As well as providing such a forum the event also offers networking opportunities with potential employers.
A number of conventions are run by UCAS up and down the country throughout the year and London’s addition occurs in April with the UCAS London Convention. These conventions see hundreds of thousands of visitors every year and provides a space in which students can learn about what options are available in regards to their futures and career prospects. Hosting higher and further education institutions, graduate recruiters, gap year companies and commercial organisations, you will soon learn UCAS has a lot more to offer past getting you to university, keep up to date with the hash tag #UCASConventions.
The National Graduate Employability Conference, run by Target Jobs and Bright Futures, occurs every April and provides a unique opportunity for students to meet other students to discuss employability skills as well as meet potential employers from around the country. 2014’s event will see Aled Haydn Jones from BBC Radio One host, with talks and networking opportunities from recruitment professionals taking place throughout the event.
The British Conference of Undergraduate Research is the academic conference with a difference, running since 2010 it offers students the opportunity to see their research promoted on a huge scale. Research is encouraged across all disciplines from computer science degree research through to ecology.
Finishing off the academic calendar is the Summer Graduate Fair where students will be starting to seriously think about their futures. This Graduate Fair offers the largest fair of its kind during the summer so you can make the most of the summer break and start thinking forward. Sponsored by Milkround, one of the largest graduate recruitment sites, this free London event provides students and graduates with the opportunity to meet exhibitors offering internships, employment, gap year options and employability advice, you can read more about the exhibitors that will have stands and what else is on offer on their website summergradfair.co.uk.
So whether you want to get a jump start on graduate employment or make the most of student discounts on the high street, mark these useful events on your calendar before it’s too late! Know of any other great student events? Let fellow students know on the GSM London Facebook page.
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