The campaigning team started 2014 as they mean to go on, with a Sunday-for-Monday sell-in on the first weekend of the year.
ILM’s workplace New Year’s resolutions news story really captured the media’s attention - generating a terrific array of coverage across broadcast, print and online including BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 2, BBC News channel, Daily Telegraph, City AM and MSN. The Association of Graduate Recruiters held its AGM on 27 January, where its latest biannual, state-of-the-nation survey of graduate vacancies was presented to members. The results will be released to media in a few days.
Meanwhile, the AGR had another reason to celebrate at the turn of the year as long-serving former Chief Executive, Carl Gilleard, was awarded an OBE for services to higher education. Education charity, Brightside, was featured in SecEd magazine, in a piece from chief executive, Dr Tessa Stone, on how the organisation’s work connecting young people with a trained mentor helps social mobility. The campaigning team had a letter published in the FT from Penny de Valk, Chief Executive of Cedar, highlighting their recent YouGov research which revealed UK public’s lack of optimism about the economy compared with positive rhetoric coming from top business leaders and politicians.
67 inspirational individuals from up and down the country were revealed as the Local winners of the Halifax Giving Extra Awards with coverage appearing in the Nuneaton News, Ballymena Times, South Wales Evening Post, Sutton Guardian, Hendon Times and Nottingham Post. The seven regional winners and one national winner will be named next month. Lloyds School for Social Entrepreneurs challenged people thinking about starting a business in 2014 to consider a social enterprise instead, inviting anyone with an idea for how to improve the environment or their community to attend one of several taster sessions taking place across the UK.
This month also saw the launch of the Lloyds Scholars MBA Scholarships for Women, to help improve the number of women in executive positions. Salix Finance Schools programme, funded by the Department for Education, has published a series of case studies and made an inspiring short film to encourage more schools to apply for funding to invest in installing energy efficient technologies to cut down on CO2 emissions and energy bills.