Recruiting Students

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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

Please note all international opportunities will not be promoted until further notice.

Employer Advantage vacancy promotion service reaches over 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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Read our policy for more information on the type of employers, vacancies and information that can be promoted, and information on employing international students.

Recruitment Fairs & Employability Events

This academic year we’ll be using a virtual platform to deliver our Careers and Recruitment Fairs.  Although in a different format due to the impact of COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, we plan to continue to provide fantastic opportunities to engage directly with our students and graduates that will support ongoing recruitment and help build your profile as a future employer.

The move to a virtual event has meant some necessary changes to our booking process and you'll need some important details to hand when making your booking. We've provided some instructions to assist you Virtual-Careers-Fair-Booking-Instructions.pdf

You'll need to create an employer account before submitting a booking form.  This takes just a few minutes and simplifies the booking process by ensuring we have all the necessary information for administration purposes.

The Twitter hashtag for all the events is #UoSCareersFairs and @UoSCareers

2020/21 Virtual Careers Fairs 

Salford Business School

For students studying Business, Management, Finance, Law Marketing, HR, Transport and Logistics  Book here

04 November 2020

10.00am - 4.00pm

School of Arts, Media & Creative Technology

For students studying Creative & Digital Media, Games Design, Photography, Video & Film Recording, Art & Design, Performance Art and Humanities  Book here

11 November 2020

10.00am - 4.00pm

School of Health & Society

For students studying Nursing for adults, children and mental health pathways, Midwifery, Allied Health and Health Science professions, Social Work, Criminology, Psychology and other social sciences  Book here

18 November 2020

1.00pm - 7.00pm

School of Science Engineering & Environment

For students studying Acoustics, Audio & Video Engineering, The Built Environment, Computer Science, Engineering, Science and Environment & Life Sciences  Book here

25 November 2020

10.00am - 4.00pm

Matillion logo

The School of Science Engineering & Environment Virtual Career Fair is sponsored by Matillion.

Employer Stand Cost:

Medium/large business (Organisations with 250 or more employees) £75 + VAT
SME (Organisations with less than 250 employees) £25 + VAT
Third sector/public sector/Armed forces No charge

Each booking is allocated the following:

  • Virtual stand consisting of logo and organisation profile with information about your company and opportunities
  • Provision for links to recorded media content such as corporate videos, recruitment processes etc
  • 1 x 1-hour live student engagement slot
  • Links to specific hosted graduate vacancies
  • Continued hosting of organisation page for 2 days after the event

Additional extras can be purchased to enhance your organisation's profile and offer a variety of engagement opportunities. Further details about these can be found on the booking form and more detail is contained within the Booking Instructions.

If you would like any further information or wish to discuss our Careers Fairs and Events then please contact: or tel: 0161 295 0023, option 5


You can sponsor a recruitment event to raise the profile of your organisation with University of Salford staff and students and with other organisations. 

Sponsorship Packages will include:  

  • Premier listing with company logo on the event website with vacancy information;      
  • Company logo displayed prominently at the entrance to the virtual event, on the cover of the downloadable fair guide and marketing material (social media posts, online advertisements and email campaigns);          
  • All optional extras are included.      

Please indicate on your booking form, if you would like to discuss our sponsorship packages and a member of the team will be in touch.

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: 0161 295 0407/07976424857 or email or visit:

Funded student and graduate Internships

Funded student and graduate internships

We work with Santander Universities UK to deliver an internship scheme that offers funding to recruit students and recent graduates as interns in your organisation.


Hire a graduate

Are you a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) looking to benefit from the skills a final year student or graduate can bring to your organisation?

We have partnered with Santander Universities (a division of Santander UK plc) to offer 50% funding to your business for an internship. The internships will be for a duration of between 4 and 8 weeks with the intern working on a full-time or part-time basis. Full time positions are based on a 35 hour week.

You should be in a position to pay your intern via your organisation’s payroll. You need to supply the University of Salford with your business bank account and finance administration details.

You and your intern must fill out an evaluation before the end of the internship.

Full time positions can only be offered outside of study time for current students.

How can a Santander Internship benefit my organisation?

  • A chance to trial new talent
  • Take on up to 2 interns during 2019/2020!
  • Tap into our industry connections and  bring fresh ideas to your business
  • CVs are shortlisted by us


To be eligible for the University of Salford final year student and graduate internship schemes, your organisation needs to:

  • be a small-to-medium-sized enterprise (SME) with a turnover of less than £50 million per year and a maximum of 250 employees
  • be based in Greater Manchester – although applications from organisations based elsewhere in the UK will also be considered
  • be a registered company, sole trader or partnership
  • submit full details of the work experience opportunity available.
  • you can recruit a maximum of two interns for each cycle through this scheme.
  • SME’s cannot apply for further Santander Universities funding to either extend an intern's contract or employ the same final year student or graduate after the internship has completed.


You should be in a position to pay your intern via your organisation’s payroll, with 50% to be reimbursed at the end of the internship. 

All internships must be paid a minimum of £315 per week based on a 35 hour week or £9.00 per hour if working on a part time basis. 

The contribution from Santander should be claimed at the end of the internship. Funds will be issued up to 30 days after receipt of the invoice.

Start dates and duration

Start dates are flexible, but all eligible activity must conclude by 30thSeptember 2020

The minimum term should not be less than 4 weeks on a full-time basis.

How do I register?

Step 1… Register your organisation or log into your account here.

Step 2… Add your vacancy to our vacancy portal.  

To ensure the role is advertised as a Santander Internship and that we allocate funding for this opportunity you must enter the following in the vacancy template:

  • include the word ‘Santander’ in the ‘Vacancy title’ field followed by the job title.
  • add £9.00 in the ‘Salary/Wage’ field (£9.00 in line with Santander policy).
  • state the duration of the internship in the ‘Details’ section.
  • state the number of hours per week or the total number hours of the internship period.
  • Ensure you include a job description outlining primary duties and responsibilities and the necessary skills, experience or course requirements the applicant must have.
  • Indicate any benefits or learning opportunities the company will offer as part of the internship.

Step 3. ..You will receive an email once your vacancy has been accepted.

Step 4… If successful, we will promote the role to our final year students and graduates via our vacancy portal.

Recruiting Volunteers

If you are a charity, a not-for-profit organisation (including social enterprises and public sector organisations), or a community group in the UK and would like to advertise a volunteering opportunity, please complete our Volunteering Opportunity Registration Form.  

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

Candidate Verification

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

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1) Can I take more than one student/graduate under this programme?

Each SME is permitted to recruit a maximum of 2 interns during 2019/20

Q2) How are students selected for an internship opportunity?

The application process is initially managed by the University, with all internship opportunities advertised on our student/graduate jobsite. Applicants will submit their CV and covering letters to us for initial screening, after which we will forward all suitable submissions to you for consideration. As the employer, you can then arrange interviews and make the final candidate selection for the internship position. We find this saves you time and makes the recruitment process hassle free.

Q3) If I am selected to take part in the scheme, do you guarantee to provide a final year student/graduate intern?

We will advertise all approved internship positions across a number of channels to our student and graduate population; however we cannot guarantee to find a suitable candidate for any particular internship opportunity. Our best advice is to be flexible with regards to the start-date of the internship opportunity and to devise a role that will be challenging enough for graduate-level students. We find that a higher quality job description that details the benefits of the role is more attractive to potential applicants.

Please also be aware that we are allocated a set amount of funding each year from Santander Universities.’

Whilst we are happy to advertise all potential Santander vacancies, funding can only be allocated once the programme manager at the University of Salford has been informed of the start date agreed between the employer and final year student or graduate. ‘

In the event of the funds being exhausted organisations with live vacancies will be informed.  Please note that the funding is an annual allocation and any unfilled vacancies would be able to be advertised in future years.

Q4) What type of roles can employers offer?

Marketing & PR, Business Development & Research Projects, Environmental Management, Computer Science & IT, Biological Science & Research, Media, and Construction related  opportunities have proved popular in previous years. However, we consider all areas of employment in which the University offers related courses. Our advice with regards the type of internship to offer would be to ensure it is sufficiently challenging for a graduate level employee, perhaps a graduate position you are looking to recruit for in the long term for which you can trial a student or graduate.

If you have any further questions please email our team at or call +44 (0)161 295 0023.

Q5) Does my organisation qualify an SME?

To qualify as an SME (small or medium sized businesses) your organisation must have less than 250 employees, with a turnover of £50 million or less.

Q6) What do I need to include in my vacancy?

When adding a vacancy to our vacancy portal please include the following:

  • Include the word ‘Santander’ in the ‘Vacancy title’ field followed by the job title.
  • Add £9.00 in the ‘Salary/Wage’ field (£9.00 in line with Santander policy).
  • State the duration of the internship in the ‘Details’ section.
  • State the number of hours per week or the total number hours of the internship period.
  • Ensure you include a job description outlining primary duties and   responsibilities and the necessary skills, experience or course requirements the applicant must have.
  • Indicate any benefits or learning opportunities the company will offer as part of the internship.

Contact us

Employer Liaison Team
Floor 0
University House
The University of Salford
Greater Manchester
M5 4WT
United Kingdom


t: +44 (0)161 295 0023 (Select Option 5)