Partnership with Admiral brings new opportunities

Swansea University has signed an agreement with insurance company Admiral, which will offer new opportunities for students.

The agreement, known as a Memorandum of Understanding, will see Admiral and the University working together to develop graduate talent.    This fuller working relationship will initially be mainly with the School of Management, with support from the Swansea Employability Academy.

Admiral and the University will explore opportunities in the areas of curriculum and assessment enhancement, guest lectures, collaborative training, scholarships, placements, and graduate positions.

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Picture (l-r):  Admiral team members Jane Wynn-Jones, Graduate Manager; Wendy Sleat, Executive Recruitment Manager; Ceri Assiratti, HR Director, Andrew Viazzani, Head of Recruitment; pictured with Dr Jon Howden-Evans, Head of Swansea Employability Academy and Liz Robbins, Head, Student Information Office, Swansea University School of Management.

The new agreement represents a formalised and co-ordinated development in the relationship between the two organisations.  Wendy Sleat of Admiral has been a member of the Swansea Employability Academy Strategy Board since it was formed in 2012, and the Memorandum will provide a further boost to work by the Academy and Admiral to promote opportunities for Swansea University students.  

The relationship will help ensure talented graduates are able to remain in the region, and support the growth of the Welsh economy across a global marketplace.

Building strong partnerships between academia and local businesses is at the heart of the University’s campus development, especially the new Bay Campus, which is the new home of the University’s School of Management.

Wendy Sleat of Admiral said: 

‘We are thrilled to have the Memorandum of Understanding in place.  We are looking forward to our future collaboration with Swansea University, its students and graduates.   This is an exciting time for financial services in South Wales.  Being able to attract and retain graduate talent locally is key for Admiral and the economy.’

Swansea University Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott said:

‘This development will enhance our strong relationship and build on the successes we’ve already shared in growing the Swansea Employability Academy to support both students and employers across the region.    This Memorandum of Understanding offers the potential for us to share in the progression of the most highly-qualified and talented students for the region and across the globe.’

About Admiral

•    Admiral Group plc employs over 5,500 people in the UK and has more than 4 million customers worldwide.   

•    It is Wales’ only FTSE 100 Company, with a group turnover of £1.97 billion.

•    Admiral Group was named the 4th best large place to work in the UK in 2014, as well as the 4th Best Multinational Workplace in Europe.

Swansea Employability Academy

•    The Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) provides a network for linking students with employers - ranging from employer talks and workshops through to student-led networking events.

•    The Academy supports Swansea University students at each stage of their journey towards a graduate career - from coordinating professional careers advice, managing a range of placement schemes and ensuring face-to-face and online support, to providing guidance for making informed career choices and preparing for interviews.

Swansea University School of Management

•    The School of Management at Swansea University is one of the UK’s top providers of management, finance and economic research and education.

•    Their mission is to drive forward the global economy by delivering world-leading research and educational programmes. They aim to build life-long connections to their research community, industrial supporters and students through embedded partnership working and alumni relationships.