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

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

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 play an important role in highlighting a whole range of employment opportunities as well as providing that all important direct link to employers that are offering employment and seeking graduates. We are currently planning for our 2023/24 careers fairs, please see information below, if you would like to participate in a fair please complete the Expression of Interest form.

Date Event Time
Wed 4th October Part Time Jobs and Volunteering Fair 12.00 – 3.00pm
Tues 10th October Teaching Futures Careers Fair 11.00 – 1.00pm
Tues 17th October Health & Society Careers Fair 12.00 – 3.00pm
Wed 1st November Science, Engineering & Environment Careers Fair 12.00 – 3.00pm
Tues 7th November Arts, Media & Creative Technology Careers Fair 12.00 – 3.00pm
Wed 15th November Salford Business School Careers Fair 12.00 – 3.00pm
Thu 14th March Spring Careers Fair 12.00 – 3.00pm


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) £75 + VAT
SME (Organisations with less than 250 employees) £25 + 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.
  • Feedback from 2020 Virtual Careers Fairs:

‘Best virtual careers fair we have attended in Manchester’ Science, Engineering & Environment Virtual Careers Fair, November 2020

‘Well planned, and explained to us really well in advance. We had all information we felt we needed prior to the event.’ Health & Society Virtual Careers Fair, November 2020

‘Virtual stands are a good idea even when we return to face to face fairs, will allow students to go over the companies they saw.’ Science, Engineering & Environment Virtual Careers Fair October 2021

‘Excellent support before and during the event.’ Part Time Jobs & Volunteering and Salford Business School Virtual Careers Fairs October 2021

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', to employ final year students for 6 weeks.

Please contact Adrian Roscoe for further information on: or 0161 295 0023 (option 5)

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:

Find out more in our Client Information Salford External 21 guide

Funded Internships and Employability Programmes

Santander Universities Funding 2021

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





Employability Scheme

Providing fully funded work placements for employers looking to host a final year student or graduate (within last 3 years). All placements must be in the form of a predefined project containing identified outcomes. Participating employers can be from any sector and include charities. Each employer can host up to 3 students or graduates working on one or separate projects.

All project activity must be concluded by September 2021 and each project should be between 70 and 108 hours maximum.

Participating students will receive a scholarship of £1,000 that will be awarded by the University and made in 2 equal payments.

Funding for this programme is limited.

Internship Programme

This provides final year students and those who have graduated within the last three years with an opportunity to undertake a funded internship with a local SME.

Internships will be for a duration of 6 weeks with interns working no more than 35 hours per week. Employer wishing to host interns can be from any sector and will be reimbursed up to £2,000 dependant on hours worked. Interns will be paid £9.50 per hour.

Participating employers are limited to one intern only and all internships must finish by the end of September 2021.

Funding for this programme is limited.

Employers wishing to participate in any of the opportunities funded by Santander Universities will be required to supply company information and bank details, where necessary, in addition to specific information detailing the work to be undertaken. This information will be in the form of a learning agreement. Employers and interns will also be required to provide a suitable evaluation at the end of the programme.

If you have a project you’d like a student to support or are interested in hosting an intern then please contact us at

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


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