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Recruitment fairs

Recruitment Fairs

Fairs are a great way of meeting face-to-face with recruiters offering graduate vacancies, work experience placements or further study opportunities. Find out more about recruitment fairs and details of our upcoming fairs in this section.


In light of the ongoing concerns around Covid-19 (Coronavirus), Newcastle University has taken the decision to cancel all non-essential events.

While this is obviously disappointing news, the University is committed to taking every precaution to limit the spread of the virus within our community and to protect the wellbeing of our students, colleagues and members of the public who visit our campus.

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Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you at our events soon.  

  • Newcastle University Recruitment and Placements Fair 2020

    We want to offer you the best possible opportunities, so we’ve invited hundreds of recruiters and organisations who are looking to speak to you, and recruit you.

    Date/Time: 12 October 2020 – 13 October 2020, 10:00* - 15:30

    Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle United Football Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4ST

  • Newcastle University Part-Time Jobs and Volunteering Fair 2020

    If you’re looking for part-time work or volunteering opportunities, we have invited local employers from a wide range of sectors looking to fill their immediate positions.

    Date/Time: 7 – 8 October 2020, 10:00– 15:00*

    Venue: Newcastle University Students’ Union, King’s Walk, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QB

  • Video fair guide - top tips for recruitment fairs

    What to expect

    Recruitment fairs usually consist of stands that you can visit, usually staffed by a recruitment team; so making a good first impression is important. They are aimed at students at all stages, not just finalists.

    Interviews are not usually held at UK recruitment fairs and job or course offers are not made on the day.

    Employers and course providers are unlikely to accept CVs at the fair and will usually direct you to their online recruitment instead.

    How to prepare

    • Research the employers or course providers attending and decide which ones you want to visit. See Researching Employers, or Finding Courses for study providers. A list of those attending is posted on My Career beforehand.
    • Find out the basics such as opportunities available, entry requirements and skills required. This will mean you can focus on more specific points when speaking with each recruitment team.
    • Think of some questions to ask in advance – what would you like to know more about? Don’t ask something that you can easily find out on their website.
    • Keep up to date with sector news.
    • Think about the skills and experience you have so you can mention these to the employer if appropriate.
    • Bring something to make notes on.
    • Think about what you are going to wear. Dressing smartly isn’t essential but can help to make a good impression.

    At the fair

    • Don’t just collect free gifts!
    • Do ask the questions you’ve prepared in advance. Find out information about an organisation that you can’t get from their website, such as: the culture; what do the staff particularly like about it; what would make you stand out in applications/interviews?
    • If one of the representatives on the stand is a recent graduate, you could ask what their experience was like in their first year and what sort of projects/work they’ve been involved in.
    • If possible, do get named contacts from organisations you are interested in.
    • Don’t go to each stand with a big group of people – the recruiter won’t be able to give you individual attention.
    • International students - don’t make work visas your first question to employers. It’s important to demonstrate your interest in their opportunities/roles and what you could bring to the company, not that you’re just looking for an employer who sponsors visas. You can then approach the subject, but be aware that some representatives may not know the answers to visa queries. See Information on working in the UK for international students.
      Find out in advance if an employer is a registered sponsor at The Home Office’s register of licensed sponsors (PDF: 2.56MB). Be aware that if an organisation is on the list it means they have previously or are currently sponsoring a migrant worker, it is not necessarily a commitment to sponsor in the future.

    More help

    Visit us in the Careers Service to speak to us if you need more help preparing for the fair.