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As a Durham graduate now working in the field of Human Resources, there are certain things we look for in our graduates: influence, judgement, integrity, leadership, breadth of knowledge and teamwork, to name but a few. We consistently recruit high calibre graduates from Durham University who demonstrate these competencies and are a true asset to our organisation.

Alice Taylor
HR Business Partner at Rolls Royce, Canada


Careers and Employability

We are amongst a small number of general engineering departments in the UK. Engineering is viewed as an integrated subject and students are given opportunities to develop a diverse technical grounding during their degree courses. We believe this overarching understanding of engineering and how engineers work together, not only provides wider knowledge but also equips graduates to be leaders in their fields.

The Department is closely linked to many industrial partners for both teaching and research purposes, which ensures that graduates are best placed to apply their learning on entry to the working environment.

Work Experience

We have a close working relationship with the University's Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre (CEEC) and a dedicated Academic Careers Contact for Engineering. Work experience and placement opportunities are advertised to the students both via the CEEC resources and internally within the Department on our DUO pages. The following activities take place within the Department each year to advertise work placement and graduate recruitment opportunities:

  • Multi-employer careers fairs
  • Company graduate visits
  • Internship opportunities advertised
  • Placement recruitment presentations

On average there are 10 companies per year that visit for individual presentations, plus the Careers Service provide advisory talks to penultimate year students and mock interviews. Our students also benefit from an active Industrial Partnership Committee which currently has representation from approximately 20 local and national and international companies, with the Committee forming a direct link between the Department and employers. Its objectives include ensuring that students are given the best possible opportunities in terms of industrial placements and graduate employment.