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Programme promoting Nottingham as a destination for graduate employment, Grads4Nottm, is back!

Grads4Nottm offers businesses in the region the opportunity to showcase their brand and access NTU student and graduate talent.

All Grads4Nottm participants outside Newton Building
Grads4Nottm 2022 participants outside Newton Building

Now in its 9th year, the NTU-exclusive two-week work experience programme focuses on keeping graduate talent in the region, giving employers a platform to showcase their brand to students.

"Fresh injection of talent and creativity.” (Jess Barnett, Treat Kitchen, 2022)

"The key benefit is to have your business looked at with a fresh set of eyes. I came away inspired to try lots of new things. (Andy Baston, Nottingham Contemporary, 2022)

The initiative aims to:

  • promote Nottingham as a great place to live and work;
  • make students aware of the types of businesses and graduate jobs available;
  • help students access the growing and diverse small medium enterprise (SME) network, recognised as the largest recruiter of graduate talent in the region;
  • provide local businesses with a cost-effective way to sample new talent and create a candidate pipeline for graduate opportunities.
Our three students were absolutely fab. Having been our first year with G4N we didn't know what to expect, but were really impressed with their enthusiasm, presentation skills and quality of work. Definitely would be happy to employ any of our three!

Chloe George, Forsyth Barnes, 2022

Judge viewing student projects as part of Showcase Event
Judge reviewing student posters produced during Grads4Nottm challenge 2022

Local businesses are invited to submit real-life challenges which students and graduates will work in groups (of up to 5) to solve during the summer.

Employers must host their group for the duration of the project, before everyone is brought back together for a showcase event.

Brilliantly committed group of students who took feedback on board. From a range of courses and a complex brief which received a lot of feedback but they took it all in their stride. Thank you for this opportunity!

Megan Dawes, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, 2022

Key dates:

Friday 17 March 2023Deadline for employer challenge submissionsChallenges submission form is now closed.
March – May 2023Student applications and challenge matchingEmployer challenges are advertised anonymously to students to remove brand bias. NTU Employability Team match students to employer challenges.
Wednesday 24 May 2023Employer Kick-Off EventPresentation and networking opportunity for participating employers to outline the upcoming weeks and answer any questions.
Monday 5 June 2023 (AM)Launch EventEmployers and students meet for the first time for briefing and introduction presentation.
Monday 5 June (PM) – Thursday 15 June 2023Challenge WeeksEmployer to host student group whilst they undertake project.
Friday 16 June 2023Showcase and Celebration EventParticipants present their findings back to their employer, followed by lunch and networking.

Organisations can host multiple groups should you have unique challenges for them to complete and capacity to host all participants.

Get involved:

We now have over 30 local organisations signed up to support Grads4Nottm 2023. If you are interested in finding out about future cohorts of this initiative, contact

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