Nick Wright, our Bolton Award Project Officer, will be presenting at a national conference next month, on the impact of employability skills development work currently being undertaken at the University of Bolton.

Nick will be presenting the findings of a research project titled ‘The Impact of Skills Awards on Student Success: A Collaborative Research Project’ at the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services’ (AGCAS) annual conference. A serving member of AGCAS’ Skills Awards Task Group since March 2020, Nick has collaborated with colleagues from the Universities of Edinburgh, Bristol and Newcastle, to highlight the impact of initiatives such as the Bolton Award on graduate skills acquisition.

One of the primary reasons that the research project has been selected to appear at the conference, has been the project’s findings that a greater proportion than average of students at Bolton, from under-represented backgrounds, such as BAME students and students with a disability, have all been encouraged to participate in career development activities thanks to the Bolton Award.

Nick commented; “I am delighted that our research project has been selected to appear at the conference. As an institution, one of the things we are most proud of at Bolton is our commitment to supporting students from under-represented backgrounds. It is fantastic that we are able to showcase our work to support these students through the Bolton Award, while also demonstrating this to a national audience”.

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