Evolving our service

We are committed to continually evolving what we do, to make employability an unmissable part of the student experience. Data, intelligence and research in the field play a crucial part in how we constantly develop and enhance our students' experience. View our current funded projects, recent publications, and work from across our team of career experts.

Funded Projects 

Liverpool City Region (LCR) Graduate Scheme 

The LCR Grad Scheme aims to connect local graduate talent with SMEs across the Liverpool City Region (LCR). Funded by the European Social Fund, the scheme will ensure businesses have direct and streamlined access to graduates residing in the LCR, from all universities. 

The benefits of the scheme include: 

  • A specialised recruitment programme aimed at finding the best graduate talent in the LCR. 
  • A bespoke six-month graduate Training & Development programme. 
  • Retention of LCR graduate talent by offering a career path to compete with some of the most 
    attractive graduate schemes nationwide. 
  • An extended network of contacts across stakeholders within the LCR. 

For more information on the LCR Grad Scheme and University of Liverpool business support, please click here or email lcrgradscheme@liverpool.ac.uk 

Liverpool City Region (LCR) Founders Project 

LCR Founders is supported by the European Social Fund and aims to co-develop a sustainable co-founder ecosystem. The project teamwork to match up the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University student and graduate talent to form new business start-ups across the Liverpool City Region.  

The project adds real value by: 

  • Providing an online co-founder ecosystem hub offering an online diagnostic vision and values tool, and events booking. 
  • Facilitating a range of face to face and online entrepreneurship skills development and networking working with existing agencies across the Liverpool City Region. 
  • Supporting team building through either 2, 4, or 10-day programmes to introduce participants to lean and agile methods to validate ideas, customer personas and business models. 
  • Offering innovation coaching to grow a solid co-founder team, sustainable business model and become ready to scale. 
  • Providing grant funding for eligible new co-founded business start-ups of up to £2,000 through the LJMU Bathgate Start-up Fund. 
  • Introducing FounderFest, a new event to bring together potential investors, backers and partners through showcase events for co-founder talent. 

To learn more about the project please email Alison.Pountney@liverpool.ac.uk  

Research, articles and publications 

A Very good approach: Employers in the Curriculum (Gillian O’Brien, 2020) 

Bouncebackability: The importance of resilience in the graduate job market (Iwan Williams 2018) 

Catch a falling star and shoot for the moon (Rachael Collins, 2019) 

Embedding authentic careers and employability activities into the chemistry curriculum (Dr. Alexis Nolan-Webster, Dr. James Gaynor & Iwan Williams, 2020) 

Exploring the benefits of implementing peer to peer support principles into .careers and employability delivery (Alexis Nolan-Webster, Elissa Day, Emma Moore, Iwan Williams & Paul Gratrick, 2020) 

Embedding delivery in the modern age: Data, technology and scalability (Iwan Williams, 2020) 

How to focus on student success (Rachael Collins, 2019) 

Rethinking value for money in socially distanced times (Paul Gratrick, 2020) 

Ten important employability ideas that will remain important post Covid-19 (Emma Moore, 2021) 

The careers service demonstrated value beyond metrics (Paul Gratrick, 2019) 

The role of tech and generational theory in bringing about transformational change (Emma Moore, 2019) 

Workshops and sessions 

How to engage students through mobile (Jason Steers with Handshake UK) 

The power of peer to peer (Emma Moore with Gradconsult) 


  • NUE Best Collaboration Between a University and Employer 2022 (Shortlisted) 
  • AGCAS Sustainability Impact Award 2021 
  • AGCAS Building Effective Partnerships 2019 
  • Best University Placement Service (Under 500 Placements) 2019 

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