Social Mobility, Diversity and Inclusion at NTU
Here at NTU, we are committed to supporting our diverse student population to succeed whilst at university, and in their careers, regardless of their background.
NTU were the first Higher Education institution to sign the social mobility pledge and were named University of the Year at the 2019 Social Mobility Awards. Our work in this area also contributed to winning the Guardian University of the Year award in 2019 – recognising our commitment to narrowing the attainment gap for low participation groups.
Our ‘Rise’ programme provides additional support for students who are statistically the most disadvantaged in terms of their career prospects. This includes students with low household incomes, those with disabilities, and care leavers. Students from ‘Rise’ backgrounds make up almost 50% of NTU’s population.
We support students through initiatives such as funding and bursaries for undertaking work placements, reimbursing costs incurred to attend interviews, and tailored development programmes to improve students’ confidence and commercial awareness.
How your business can get involved
We recognise the value of industry insight in shaping our students’ career journeys. We are keen to work in collaboration with industry to support students whilst helping employers to develop their diversity and inclusivity practices and connect with target groups. This could involve promoting EDI focused events and opportunities you are hosting in-house or exploring platforms to connect with diverse groups through NTU-led programmes.
Engaging with any events or initiatives at NTU will naturally open your organisation up to a diverse student audience. We also run targeted programmes which provide opportunities for employers to engage with widening participation students:
Women's Development Programme
NTU’s Women’s Development Programme (WDP) exists for female, female identifying and non-binary students, aiming to boost qualities such as confidence and assertiveness. Research has proven that female graduates are not attaining the same employment outcomes as their male counterparts*. This is not due to female graduate capabilities, but more to do with elements of confidence, attitude, aspiration and identity.
Students on the programme complete a series of live webinars and online modules to develop their leadership skills, confidence and resilience, exploring topics such as imposter syndrome and personal branding.
We invite inspirational female professionals to share their career journeys with the students at the programme’s launch event. The aim of this is to empower and inspire students about their future careers, whilst providing organisations with a platform to celebrate their female talent, position themselves as an inclusive employer, and connect with the next generation of professionals.
The WDP launch event will take place on Wednesday 25 January, 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm.
*Graduate Outcomes 2019/20, HESA, 2022
Our Inclusive Recruitment course is a non-accredited interactive learning and development programme, delivered by NTU's Employability team. Delivered weekly over five bitesize sessions the programme aims to develop your understanding and knowledge around inclusive recruitment of early career talent.
Find out more about the course and secure your place here.
We are keen to support employers with their own EDI events and initiatives or explore developing something bespoke to meet your objectives.
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