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Virtual Activity and Events

Given the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the pressure on teaching space required to accommodate social distancing, we are currently unable to offer our usual range of on-campus recruitment and promotional events. Following consultation with colleagues and a wide range of employers, we are delighted to offer an alternative selection of virtual event types. We hope to begin offering face-to-face events alongside these virtual options in early 2022.

With the exception of career fairs, there is no charge to hold virtual recruitment events with Durham University.

Career Fairs

Our autumn 2021 career fairs will be held virtually.

Each career fair will offer exhibitors the opportunity to chat virtually with students one-to-one and in small groups, as well as proactively reach out to students registered to attend the event. There will also be a central presentation schedule in which exhibitors will be invited to take part.

Bookings for the career fairs are not yet open, but please email to express your interest and we will contact you directly with an invitation to book as soon as we are able to do so.

The Careers & Internship Fair is a cross-sector event featuring up to 70 graduate recruiters from a broad range of sectors. This is our largest single recruitment event of the academic year, attracting up to 2,000 students from a diverse range of degree subjects and across all years of study. This event is a great opportunity to meet a large number of students in one day, and raise awareness of your brand and opportunities among the Durham student community.

This event will take place on Wednesday 20th October 2021.

The STEM Fair is predominantly aimed at Science Faculty students and researchers, however, a significant number of students interested in STEM careers also attend from our other faculties. This is a great event for targeting students with a STEM background to share internship, placement and graduate job opportunities, and we would strongly encourage organisations with a focus on STEM recruitment to attend this event.

This event will take place on Wednesday 3rd November 2021.

The Law Fair enables law firms and legal education providers to engage with the high number of Durham students interested in a Law career, both from our internationally rated Law School as well as across a broad range of other departments where a significant number of non-law students are interested in a legal career. This event is a great opportunity to showcase your vacation schemes, training contracts and legal courses.

This event will take place on Wednesday 17th November 2021.

For more information about career fairs and to discuss if these events will be suitable for your organisation, please contact

Employer Webinar

If you are running a virtual careers event, please do send us the information and we will advertise this on our online student services portal.

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.

If your event is exclusive to Durham University students, this will be made clear in our communications to students. Your event will also appear in our weekly events bulletin. After your event, we would encourage you to send us the link to any recording so that we can make the information accessible to any student who may not have been able to attend 'live'.

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

Recruitment Spotlight

We are offering a limited number of employers from a balanced range of sectors the opportunity to contribute to a dedicated series of events entitled "Recruitment Spotlight". These events will be exclusively designed and delivered for Durham University students and will take place live over a weekday lunchtime, through Durham University's own virtual events platform. Hosting these events on our platform allows us to automatically upload a recording of the event to our student-accessible careers library, to gather data on which students are accessing the events, and to ensure that our students are provided with tailored content by an employer who has invested time in a "Durham only" event. In return, we can offer you the following:

  • A time slot that will not clash with other Recruitment Spotlight events
  • Full IT support with setting up and managing the delivery of your event
  • An upgraded employer advert, which appears higher up in the weekly events bulletin
  • Targeted marketing where possible to specific cohorts or year groups of students, or those from particular societies
  • Additional marketing on social media, by uploading your session as a Facebook event onto our careers page
  • Provision of appropriate non-identifiable data on your event audience, such as breakdown of years or disciplines

We have an extremely limited number of slots available for Recruitment Spotlight events as we are keen to ensure balanced sector representation throughout the term. Slots will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and we are reserving several slots for sectors that are currently under-represented at Durham. To express your interest in these events, please submit an event booking form.

To book a Recruitment Spotlight event, please complete our Virtual Event Booking Form.

Pre-Recorded Content

To mitigate against "digital fatigue", we would love our employers to submit a variety of pre-recorded content that our students can access at their own convenience. If you have any recorded content you are able to share with students, whether it's video, audio, blogs, vlogs or a link to a careers or skills event you have previously delivered, we would love to upload these to a designated web page and market the content accordingly.

Ideally, pre-recorded company presentations should be supplemented by live, follow-up Q&A sessions (see below), whereby our students can interact with you and ask questions based on the content they have previously viewed. We will continually signpost between these two types of events, encouraging students to access pre-recorded content prior to accessing the Q&A sessions and advertising the follow-up sessions on the resources webpage, alongside the pre-recorded content.

To submit Pre-Recorded Content, please email

Employer Q&A Session

If you have submitted a pre-recorded company presentation for students to view at their own convenience, this should ideally be supplemented by a follow-up Q&A session through which our students can interact with you on a more informal basis, network and ask questions based on the content they have previously seen. Perhaps you could offer two or three follow-up sessions to offer students a choice of times, and consider limiting the number of students in order to provide a more valuable experience? We would recommend the use of online features such as polls and chat to encourage interaction and to provide variety from other virtual event types.

To book an Employer Q&A Session, please email

Drop-In Event

Sometimes students prefer to interact with employers on a small group or 1:1 basis. Perhaps they have an application-related question that is very specific to their own individual circumstances. Perhaps they would like to ask a question which they don't feel comfortable asking in a larger group webinar. These drop-in events are a great and flexible way to offer bespoke advice or to chat informally with just one or up to a few students at once, either through pre-designated bookable slots or by asking students to drop by at any point within a fixed time period.

This type of event can be easily facilitated on a platform like Zoom, where the use of breakout rooms could work if you have more than one member of staff running the drop-ins, and the waiting room function could be activated to control the entry of participants.

To book a Drop-In Event, please email

'Hot Topic' Employer Panel

These are informal employer panel & networking sessions, centred around discussion of a "hot topic" followed by speed networking in smaller breakout rooms. This event offers employers the opportunity to align with a pre-organised event, rather than designing their own event from scratch. For the students, it provides the opportunity to meet employers from a range of sectors that they may not have previously considered, as well as providing skills in areas such as commercial awareness. These events are invitation-only, but you can express your interest in being involved by emailing the careers events team.

To express your interest in featuring on an Employer Panel, please email

Employability Skills Sessions

These sessions support students to reach graduation with the transferable skills employers require. They can also provide valuable insight for our students, hearing directly from employers about how to stand out from the crowd and make competitive applications.

The purpose of these sessions is not for recruitment, but rather an opportunity to increase your profile at the University, and to raise awareness of your sector with those who may not have considered it before.

Sessions are open to all students, from any department and specialism. We can promote your event to particular groups, but the attendance must remain open to all.

To discuss Employability Skills Sessions, please email

To book an Employability Skills Session, please complete our Employability Skills Session booking form.


Event and Fair Terms and Conditions can be found on our Booking Information page.