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Recruitment Events

If you would like to hold an event which is not part of one of our Careers Weeks, we have plenty of opportunities for you to meet our students, both in person and virtually. There are no charges for holding a recruitment event at Durham University apart from Outdoor Promotional Events. 

Please read Durham University's Careers Events Terms and Conditions before reaching out to hold an event with us.


Outdoor Promotional Events 

Have you ever considered a different approach to your recruitment and brand awareness campaign? Employers are becoming ever more creative with their activities on campus, from promotional giveaways and interactive games to temporary structures and vehicle displays.  

To book your promotional event at Durham University, please complete the Promotional Event Booking Form.

Promo events are chargeable events, for further details see Promotional Event Fees.

Best for: 

  • Raising your brand profile across large numbers of students in a high footfall location
  • Engaging informally with students in a fun and interactive way
  • Organisations with a budget for more eye-catching and wide-reaching events. 


Café Pop-Ups 

Pop-ups are usually held in one of our busy on-campus cafés. You will be provided with a table and surrounding space to display a pull-up stand and a selection of branded materials. This is a great way to chat informally with students and to engage with those who may not have previously considered your organisation.  

There is no charge for most café pop-up events. To book this activity, please complete the Café Pop-up Event Booking form. 

Best for: 

  • Those who have never previously held a recruitment event on campus - this is a great introduction to your brand 
  • Organisations who wish to raise their brand profile amongst students but who don't have the budget for a large-scale promo event 
  • Chatting informally with students who may not have previously encountered your organisation 


Presentations (virtual or in person) 

Recruitment presentations are a great way to give an in-depth insight into your organisation and the opportunities available. You may wish to cover your graduate recruitment process, typical assessment day activities and the major attributes your company looks for, as well as highlight specific graduate or placement opportunities. These presentations can take place either virtually or on-campus during the lunch period, or off-campus during the evening.  

There is no charge to hold a presentation at Durham University. To book a presentation event at Durham University, please complete the Presentation event booking form.  


Virtual Employer Webinars 

If you are running a virtual careers event, please send us the information and we will advertise this on our events calendar at no charge. No booking form is required, but we do require the following information: event date & time, event title, 80–100-word event description, whether your event is exclusive to Durham University students, link for booking onto or joining the event. Ideally, we would also like some information on the types of graduate opportunities you typically have available. 

To advertise an Employer Webinar, please email details of your event to 

Best for: 

  • Providing detailed recruitment information to a captive audience 
  • Companies that already have a strong brand profile amongst students


Active Recruitment 

A variety of lecture theatre or meeting room space is available for employers to carry out active recruitment activity, whether it is for formal interviews, aptitude tests or assessment centres. Whatever your recruitment needs, we will offer you bespoke support including an appropriate venue and advertising. 

There is no charge to book a space for direct recruitment activity where this is offered exclusively to Durham students. To book please complete the Room Booking for Direct Recruitment booking form. 

Best for: 

  • Employers outside of the local area who wish to offer Durham University students a convenient and practical location for recruitment activities 
  • Carrying out formal assessments & interviews within an appropriate and confidential space 


Drop-in Sessions 

Many organisations like to supplement their formal recruitment activities or promo events with informal drop-in sessions, which give students an opportunity to chat with employers on a 1:1 or small group basis. This is especially useful for those students who might find larger, more structured events difficult, and provides space for them to chat and ask questions in a relaxed environment. This could either be run with students dropping in at any time over a couple of hours, for example, or we can allocate specific time slots and run a sign-up. 

These events can be held virtually or on campus. A variety of meeting room space is available for this type of activity, and an on-site cafe serves a selection of refreshments throughout the day. 

To book a drop-in event at Durham University, please complete the Drop-in event booking form.  

Best for: 

  • Meeting individual or small groups of students on an informal basis 
  • Providing tailored information and guidance in a confidential space 
  • Organisations who wish to supplement their formal recruitment presentations by offering students an alternative way to engage and ask questions 


Skills Sessions 

Ever thought about running an event that gives students an insight into your organisation's application and recruitment processes? Skills sessions provide advice and guidance to students on the attributes your organisation looks for, what to look out for during the application process, and how to approach the interview. These sessions could include CV clinics, mock interviews or group skills sessions e.g. commercial awareness, teamwork, etc. If you have an alternative session in mind which is not reflected in the information on this page, please feel complete the booking form, selecting "other" event type and we will be happy to collaborate with you to run a bespoke event tailored to your needs.

There is no charge to book a Skills event at Durham University, please complete the Specific Skills event booking form.  

Best for: 

  • Employers who wish to maximise their investment into their recruitment & selection processes by highlighting and developing the skills which are required during application 
  • Those who wish to enhance the core competencies of their future workforce 
  • Organisations who wish to complement their usual recruitment events with an alternative that can attract a more varied audience 


External Employer Events

Please note that although we try to advertise external employer events to students, this is not always possible. Targeted Careers Week activity and events exclusive to Durham students will be prioritised so please do consider this type of activity if you're interested in attracting students from Durham University. Unfortunately we aren't always able to respond to emails advertising external employer events.