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AGR’s thought leadership comes to fruition as universities and colleges re-think degree assessment

Carl Gilleard, Chief Executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters

Chief Executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), Carl Gilleard, announced this month that he would be stepping down next summer. In the 14 years he has been at the helm of AGR, he has helped position the organisation as the leading voice on graduate recruitment, development and employability issues. Carl is regularly called on to comment in the media and seamlessly manages to both represent employers and keep in touch with the views of students and graduates.Four Colman Getty has been privileged to work with the AGR for over a decade, and we're looking forward to ensuring 2012/13 is a special year for them as the organisation marks the end of an era.This month, Carl contributed an essay to the Pearson Think Tank’s Blue Skies publication. The piece called for a degree classification system fit for the 21st century, and outlined the benefits of the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).The AGR has consistently supported the development of the HEAR, which will give a broader and more balanced picture of a graduate’s achievements, including a full transcript of results for all modules, and a record of extra-curricular involvement such as the students’ union, societies and sports clubs. It was one of a number of recommendations the AGR called for in its 2010 pre-election manifesto, Talent, Opportunity, Prosperity, which has come to fruition.With a new academic year starting, the AGR has been a regular contributor to the news agenda in recent weeks. We have generated coverage in the recent Evening Standard special report examining the situation for unemployed young people, in the Financial Times and on the newly launched Which? University website, where Carl gave his advice on the best ways for students to boost their job prospects whilst studying.

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