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Support for SMEs

We appreciate that University support can be difficult for businesses to navigate, particularly for those with limited resources.

We have listed the main ways we can support SMEs below, but please do get in touch using the contact details provided if you have any specific requirements or would like to discuss anything in more detail.

Laura Smith
Employer Services Manager, Careers & Enterprise

Recruiting Graduates, Interns or Placement Students

  • We offer a free vacancy advertising service where you can register your organisation and upload job adverts for graduate roles, internships, placements or local part-time work. The system is self-service and simple to use, and all vacancies listed are available to all current Durham University students and a number of registered graduates.
  • You can take out an advert in our weekly email bulletin to further promote your vacancies - a discounted rate for SMEs is available for this service. Visit our Digital Advertising webpages for more information.
  • Businesses offering exclusive opportunities to Durham University students will be offered email advertising, social media postings and targeted promotion to students free of charge.

For more information about online vacancy advertising and a link to the online system, please visit our Advertise Opportunities webpage.

To discuss offering exclusive opportunities or developing a collaborative relationship with the Careers Service, please contact Ann Herzog, Employer Engagement Officer, at

Recruitment Events and Marketing

Engaging with students directly to promote opportunities with your business is a great way to generate interest and talk to students about what it's like to work for your organisation. We offer a range of events and activity that you can get involved in, the majority of which comes at no cost at all to you as an SME.

Due to the pandemic, we are currently only offering virtual career fairs and recruitment events, but we hope to be able to offer face-to-face activities again starting in early 2022.

Financial Support and Funding

We have a range of funding opportunities and discounts available to SMEs:

  • SMEs can attend Durham University career fairs at a discounted rate.
  • SMEs based in County Durham may be able to access funding to employ interns through the Durham Internships & Collaborative Enterprise Project.
  • Any SME may be able to access part or full funding to employ a student or recent graduate into a short-term project role through the Santander Universities SME Internship Programme.
  • Social Enterprises may be able to engage with Durham University students via the Social Enterprise Live Programme.

All of the above financial support and funding is subject to availability. Please visit Tailored Recruitment Services & Funded Projects for more information about the funded schemes available.

For more information please contact Laura Smith, Employer Services Manager, at

Research & Innovation Services

Durham University works with external organisations across a wide range of sectors. Whether you are interested in collaborating with our world-leading academics or you wish to access our research facilities and equipment, we can work with you.

For more information on how Durham University can help you with all aspects of research and research-related work, including securing funding, working with partners, undertaking knowledge exchange, demonstrating impact, commercialising outputs, ensuring good research practice and supporting professional development, visit the Research & Innovation Services webpages.