MBE for Nottingham careers deputy director

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The former Deputy Director of the Careers and Employability Service at The University of Nottingham has received royal recognition for the outstanding national impact she has had on careers guidance.

Jan Perrett, who retired from her post at the University after 22 years in May this year, has been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Jan said: “I am immensely proud to have been nominated for the MBE. It is particularly gratifying in this challenging time for graduates, that my work in careers guidance has been recognised. I feel it sends out a message about the importance of careers and employability services in Higher Education. It is also a tribute to The University of Nottingham which has put the employability of its students and graduates at the heart of the student experience.”

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Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services

As well as her role in senior management at Nottingham, Jan is also a national trainer for the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS). She has also been instrumental in the design and delivery of the sector-leading AGCS/University of Warwick MA module – ‘Advanced Guidance Skills’ for experienced practitioners, meaning that every higher education institution in the UK and Ireland can offer high quality career service guidance to their students and graduates.

Jan’s work is nationally award-winning. In 2012, she received the John Franks Award for the best workshop delivered at the 2011 AGCAS Biennial Conference.

In 2011 The University of Nottingham received a judges’ commendation in the National Council for Work Experience Awards for ‘TalentBuilder’ which placed over 300 recent graduates in paid internships. Jan was responsible for the graduate development course, a key part of the programme.

Recognising commitment

Nalayini Thambar, Director of the Careers and Employability Service at the University, said: “I am delighted that Jan has been awarded an MBE.  It recognises her tireless commitment to the careers and employability profession within higher education, alongside her longstanding contribution to The University of Nottingham.  Thanks to her work, the quality of careers information, advice and guidance across universities in the UK has been developed and nationally recognised. At Nottingham we have also benefitted greatly from Jan’s professional insight and dedication to career and personal development for our students and staff.  I am so pleased to see her selfless achievements recognised in this way.

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