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Information for Employers

Abertay prides itself on its ability to offer a friendly and personal service to employers engaging with the University.

Our student population is diverse, with a wide range of backgrounds, skills and experience on offer. Students and graduates are highly motivated and enthusiastic, eager to develop their workplace skills and enhance their commercial awareness. Collaboration between higher education establishments and employers is therefore essential in providing a workforce with the appropriate skills and flexibility for this demanding economy. Students are actively encouraged to undertake work experience to improve their employability skills. If you would like to offer this type of opportunity to a student or talk about other types of work-related activities for students, please contact

Abertay Connect - a Free Vacancy Service

To advertise your vacancies to students and graduates of Abertay, please register and login to Abertay Connect and choose 'organisation login and registration'. If you experience any difficulties using or registering for this service please email

Abertay Mentoring Programme

The Career Development Centre, in partnership with the Development & Alumni Office, run a career mentoring programme. It is designed to help students improve their personal and professional skills, and prepare for the world of work. Participants are matched to mentors based on their course and career interests. The programme runs for six months, from November through to May. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please email

Volunteer Showcase

The showcase takes place every September and runs over 3 days with different local organisations attending each day. It provides students with an opportunity to meet face to face with organisations which actively recruit volunteers.  View the list of organisations that participated in the 2015 Abertay Volunteer Showcase.  If you would like to be part of the next event, please email

The Principal's Award

The Principal's Award is a short student employability programme that runs over one academic year. It recognises and rewards a student's work-related skills and achievements. Employers can contribute to elements of the award by offering sessions in topics such as presentation skills and workplace expectations. Mock interviews are an essential part of the award and we are keen to hear from employers willing to offer these. To find out more, please email Kelly Dawson or Martin Hughes.

Work Placements

Gaining relevant work-based experience is at the core of many of our degree programmes. Courses are designed to offer flexibility to give students the opportunity to participate in work placements or projects. These can vary from one day a week to a short-term full-time placement. If you have a project or other opportunity you would like to offer to a student, please email to discuss further.

Masters Students Projects at The Graduate school   Making the Most of Masters Logo

Many employers have projects that they would like to implement but simply don't have the time, resource or in-house skills to drive these forward. Making the Most of Masters‌ could be the solution. This award-winning project aims to enhance the employability of graduates as they undertake real-world projects for organisations.

The Graduate School can help link employers with highly-skilled and motivated Masters students to undertake this work. Abertay takes a flexible approach – employers can host students in the workplace, or mentor students as they work on employer-informed projects within the University. The school can also help to work up a suitable research project that will benefit the employer and provide appropriate academic merit for the student. In all cases, the student will be supervised by an Abertay academic and because the project forms an integral part of the Masters degree, employers are not required to pay a salary to the student. If you require further information about Making the Most of Masters, please contact Jennifer Smith.

Recruiting International Graduates

The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) has produced a guide to help employers who are considering recruiting international graduates from UK universities.  It aims to provide an overview of the key schemes in place in April 2016. Download Recruiting International Students - A Guide for Employers.

Please note that Abertay University does not participate in the Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme.