Norfolk Network and the University of East Anglia have collaborated in many projects: GradsEast, GENE, Project Evolve, Postgraduate Research Showcase and several business plan competitions.
For over seven years UEA and NN have collaborated to attract the interest of local SMEs upon the university’s activities and “smooth the access of business into the university” by creating mutual events and engaging with students’ societies so that the latter and the university could get to know industry in Norfolk.
The partnership proved successful and last year set a landmark for this collaboration as UEA became NN's Platinum sponsors and nominated NN for the Award for Excellence in Careers Service Engagement by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS).
The NN won the prestigious award as the President-Elect of AGCAS recognized that “it can be particularly challenging for universities to convince students of the range and quality of opportunities to be found in the small and medium-sized enterprises with which the majority will enter work, and to provide both practical examples of these and contacts with them”.
Yet, this partnership was able to deliver.