We are hiring a University Partnerships Manager


We’re hiring for a University Partnerships Manager. This is a fantastic opportunity to join our award-winning Smart Resourcing Solutions team.

University Partnerships Manager

Salary: £30,000 - £40,000 per annum (part-time considered)

Location: Newcastle

Application process:

  • Register interest to be sent the application documents

  • Closing date: midnight on 21 February (CV and application form questions)

  • Shortlisting: 22 February

  • Interviews: 28 February (Interview and task)

About us

We are the leading, award-winning, provider of assessment centre simulations in the UK. We work with Universities to embed employability into the curriculum, ensuring students have every advantage to help secure graduate jobs and placements. Our assessment centres and practical employability workshops give students the opportunity to practice typical graduate recruitment processes and exercises in a safe and positive environment before the real thing.

About the role

Representing Smart Resourcing Solutions nationally, you will build client relationships and have a strong presence at relevant events. Working closely with University clients, SRS Leadership Team, employers and students you will ensure our University clients receive a seamless end to end experience. You will help provide students with a first-class employability opportunity that builds confidence, aspirations and ultimately inspires them to apply for and secure graduate jobs and high-quality placements. 

This is a varied fun role working with our amazing SRS team, associates and clients. No week is the same, one day you could be in our spacious city centre office, the next you could be travelling to Liverpool to deliver an assessment simulation at the outstanding Anfield stadium! 

 About you 

You will bring enthusiasm, commitment and a string work ethic to our small team. In addition to that, we would like to see the following:


  • Educated to degree level

  • University or Employer (Graduate Recruitment) background

  • Flexibility to travel regularly throughout the UK

  • Small business mindset

  • Social media savvy

  • Confident presenter


  • Understanding of how Universities operate

  • Previous or current ISE/AGCAS membership

What we can offer:

  • 5 weeks’ holiday

  • Flexible working 

  • Generous personal development opportunities 

  • Life insurance

  • Pension options

  • City centre office location 

  • Free tea and coffee!

Job description: Download the job description HERE for more information.

Application documents: Register your interest by email (enquiries@smart-resourcing-solutions.co.uk) to be sent the application documents.

For further information or an informal discussion about the role, please contact Sophie Milliken on sophiemilliken@smart-resourcing-solutions.co.uk


SRS collaborate with the University of Leeds to run a special programme supporting Widening Participation students

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One of the most important government initiatives of the last few years is the Widening Participation agenda. We teamed up with the University of Leeds to support their Widening Participation students who had expressed a lack of confidence in applying for Placement and/or Graduate positions and who felt anxious about attending an Assessment Centre.

Take a look at the case study to find out what we did and the positive impact it had.

SRS and MMU celebrate five year collaboration with new video showcasing assessment simulation event

SRS recently enjoyed our fifth year running the now legendary large-scale assessment simulation event for Manchester Metropolitan University students. We’ve come a long way from our first year where we ran the event at a hotel in Cheadle. From year two onwards, we have worked with the Etihad Stadium which we find works well to replicate a head office environment and provide simple logistics to ensure the event runs smoothly.

Caroline Herz from the Manchester Fashion Institute at MMU said the following after this year’s event:

“2018 has been a special year in our partnership with SRS - This year we celebrated working with Sophie for the fifth year, and held our 'Mock Assessment Centre' at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Each year we embed employability and employment into our curriculum to provide an 'experiential learning experience' for our students in their 6th week of term. The success of this event gets better and better each year, our students are 'talent scouted' from industry assessors at the event, and we have built a reputation for being 'ahead of the competition' in the placement stakes. Sophie's smoothly run operational practices are given with boundless energy, enthusiasm and support. She and her team give us 110% professionalism, and long may it continue. Sophie and the team at SRS - congratulations for all your hard work in providing us with this outstanding experience, and service, we learn so much every year, and wish you all the very best and lots more 'awards' for the future.”

Check out the new video here:

The North East Business Woman of the Year Awards

Managing Director, Sophie Milliken has been shortlisted in two categories at the prestigious North East Business Woman of the Year Awards. This annual event recognises, rewards and promotes the achievements of women in business in the North East. Sophie has been shortlisted in the Small Business and the flagship Susan Dobson Award for Entrepreneurship categories.

Sophie said: “I can’t believe that I’ve been shortlisted in two categories - I felt so overwhelmed when I received each call letting me know the fantastic news! The shortlist is a real power list of local women in business and I am very proud to be listed alongside them.”

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Friday 16th November at The Hilton Newcastle Gateshead.

The full shortlist can be found HERE.

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