Welcome to GradEX21
I am especially proud this year to be welcoming you to GradEX 2021, our annual exhibition of project work undertaken by final-year students at Staffordshire University.
Proud because, while the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted all our students, this event demonstrates their incredible commitment to work through the challenges and achieve their goals.
It is for this reason we are so committed to ensuring their innovative project work is shared with our industry partners, and that employers are presented with opportunities to be introduced to our talented students.
Last year, in response to the pandemic, we moved our GradEX activity online and increased the functionality of our portal. This opened up our students’ final-year project work to a much wider audience and we are delighted to be doing the same again.
Our improved portal, which includes links to students’ LinkedIn profiles, portfolios and CVs, will be shared with our industry partners from Monday 7th June and this will remain accessible to prospective employers throughout the summer months.
Talented students are at the heart of our success and while we strive to deliver the very best infrastructure for our learners through innovative teaching and outstanding support, we recognise that industry partners are key to their overall experience.
GradEX offers our students the opportunity to present their work to prospective employers and plays an important and formative role in their ongoing development. Each year, the interactions that take place between our students and key industry figures result in job offers and career opportunities for our future graduates.
We are therefore incredibly grateful to the companies, alumni and professional organisations who are making the time to view our students’ work digitally. This all serves as a mark of recognition for the hard work and dedication of our ambitious and inspirational students.
I also want to thank our participating students for their incredible focus, resilience and creativity during this immensely challenging year. We wish them every success for their future and hope that they remain #proudtobeStaffs and will stay in touch long after graduation.
Liz Barnes CBE
Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive