Recruiting Students

Students chatting in breakout room

We are dedicated to helping employers meet their recruitment needs. Give your business a unique opportunity to attract some of the North West's best students and graduates, and tap into the talent and skills that they can offer.

Recruiting students

Free vacancy service

Employer Handshake vacancy promotion service reaches more than 70,000 University of Salford students and graduates.

Opportunities that can be promoted include: 

  • Part-time job vacancies
  • Graduate vacancies
  • Vacation period work (Christmas/Easter/Summer holidays)
  • Year-long Industrial Placements
  • Summer Placements
  • Volunteering opportunities

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Our Employer Advertising Policy for more information on the type of employers, vacancies and information that can be promoted, and information on employing international students.

Recruitment fairs and employability events

All our fairs offer you the opportunity to start a recruitment journey with us, and to promote your graduate roles and internships to our high calibre candidates. Engaging with representatives from the world of work inspires our students and provides them with insight and inspiration to help them develop their career ambitions.

For more information on how to engage with University of Salford students and graduates, please contact the Employer Liaison team

Careers Fairs 2024/2025

Careers Fairs play an important role in highlighting a whole range of employment opportunities. They also provide a direct link to employers that are offering employment and seeking graduates. We are currently planning for our 2024/25 Careers Fairs - the dates, locations and times shown below are all to be confirmed.





2nd October 2024

Part-time Jobs & Volunteering

Maxwell Upper Hall

12pm – 3pm

16th October 2024

Teaching Futures

Clifford Whitworth Library (Ground Floor)

11am – 1pm

23rd October 2024

School of Arts Media and Creative Technology

Media City

12pm – 3pm

6th November 2024

School of Science Engineering and Environment

Maxwell Upper Hall

12pm – 3pm

13th November 2024

Salford Business School Maxwell Upper Hall 12pm – 3pm

19th November 2024

School of Health and Society Allerton Sports Hall 12pm – 3pm

12th March 2025

Spring Fair Maxwell Upper Hall 12pm – 3pm

Information for employers:

These events will be aimed at students from all year groups looking for placements, summer jobs/internships, or course-related part-time work. Also open to graduates.

Brief overview:

  • Cost to exhibit:
Medium/large business (Organisations with 250 or more employees) £150 + VAT
SME (Organisations with less than 250 employees) £75 + VAT
Third sector/Public sector/Armed forces/Online ONLY* No charge

Roles: Placements, summer jobs/internships, graduate schemes, graduate level roles or course-related part-time work.

Communication with students: You can let us know on a booking form which students you want to meet; year groups, relevant courses etc. we can then target advertisements to these students ahead of the fair.

Sponsoring our Careers Fairs: A £500 + VAT sponsorship for the fair includes:

  • Main sponsor billing on the Careers Fair landing page
  • Sponsor logo featured on students’ fair booking page
  • Sponsor logo featured on event advertising and promotional material
  • Sponsor logo featured on pre-event Careers & Enterprise content
  • Pre-event email communication to students in your selected target* [content required]
  • Opportunity to identify stand location at the venue

Feedback from 2024/2023 Careers Fairs:

  • ‘It was most useful to be interacting with students, and have the chance to network with our local businesses.’ Spring Fair 2024
  • ‘Great networking with UoS students and staff, very busy and well organised.’ Spring Fair 2024
  • ‘It was amazing connecting with students from the SEE school and understanding what they’re looking for!’ SEE Fair 2024
  • ‘Well organised and well attended’. ‘Well organised, helpful staff’. Spring Careers Fair 2023

As well as organising Careers Fairs, the University of Salford has a free to use online jobs portal for employers, which gains more than 22,000 views each year.
Jobs can be added throughout the year, for part-time work, placements and graduate level vacancies, either local or nationwide.

SMEs based in the North West might also be interested in our match-funded internships which you can read about on this page under 'Funded Internships and Employability Programmes'.

Please contact Rachel Martin for further information on: or +44 (0)161 295 0023 (option 5, then 3).

Unitemps recruitment agency – recruit students and graduates

Commission the Unitemps on-campus recruitment agency to identify and recruit appropriate student and graduate candidates for you. To enquire please telephone: +44 (0)161 295 0407 or email or visit our Unitemps page.

Find out more in two Unitemps guides: Looking for some extra help with your vacancy? and Why use Unitemps?

Funded internships and employability programmes

Santander Universities Funding 2023-24

The red and white logo for the Santander Universities initiative

The programme provides final year students and those who have graduated within the last three years with an opportunity to undertake a paid internship or work experience with a local business or organisation. Host employers can elect to use the Santander Universities funding to fully fund or part fund an internship or work experience opportunity. The available funding will be no more than £1,000 per student or graduate and who would be paid at no less than the current Real Living Wage [RLW] of £12.00.

Taking full advantage of the funding the internship or work experience will therefore be no less than 83 hours with interns working no more than 35 hours in any working week. Employers wishing to host a student or graduate can engage them for a longer period provided they make no less than an equal contribution and their wage i.e. £1,000 and ensure that they are paid at the RLW.

Host employers can be from any sector and will be reimbursed up to £1,000 whether they chose to part fund or fully fund the employment. Any funding provided by the University will be paid based on the actual number of hours worked. The rate of pay is set at £12.00 per hour which is the current [as of October 2023] Real Living Wage.

Programme basics

  • Graduates will be paid no less than the Real Living Wage rate of pay £12.00ph
  • Host employers can use the funding to fully fund or part fund the employment opportunity
  • Maximum 83 hours working fully funded
  • Maximum 166 hours working 50% co-funded
  • Total funding provided will not exceed £1,000.00
  • Eligible to final year Students or Graduates from within the last 3 years
  • Open to SME’s (Small / medium Enterprises)
  • Funding paid retrospectively on receipt of invoice
  • Funding payment not subject to VAT
  • One student/ graduate per organisation

Funding for this programme is limited and will be allocated once a student or graduate has agreed to commence an internship or work experience opportunity and a start date is confirmed.

Employers wishing to participate in any Santander Universities-funded opportunities must supply company information and current bank details. They must also supply specific information detailing the work to be undertaken by the student or graduate. This information will be in the form of a Learning Agreement. The employing organisation and intern will also be asked to provide a suitable evaluation at the end of the programme.

Please note: Employers will not be paid until they have provided the necessary information to be set up as an official supplier to the University of Salford.

To find out more or apply to be a host employer please contact us at

Recruiting volunteers

Would you like to advertise a volunteering opportunity? Are you based in the UK and a: 


not-for-profit organisation (including social enterprises and public sector organisations)?

community group? 

If so, please complete our Volunteering Opportunity Registration Form.  

Volunteering opportunities can then be promoted through our Employer Handshake vacancy promotion service. Read our policy on advertising for more information.

Candidate verification

Contact HEDD (Higher Education Degree Datacheck) for verification of candidate qualifications and study.


Get in touch

Employer Liaison Team
The Library, Clifford Whitworth Building
The University of Salford
Greater Manchester
M5 4WT
United Kingdom