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As a long-time friend of GRN, we are delighted Dr. Donald has agreed to share his latest research findings. An exclusive, must-attend event!


Set up in 2013, Graduate Recruiters Network (GRN) has over 2,800 members.

Join us for our 11th invitation-only GRN webinar designed just for graduate recruiters. This time we have a recording made by a leading academic on the emerging effects of Covid-19 on the workplace. Discover from his latest research and the potential implications on your graduate recruitment strategy for 2020/2021 season. The agenda will be as follows;


12:30pm Introduction and Welcome – Dan Hawes, Co-Founder at GRB. Understand the background to GRN and the learning outcomes for today’s webinar.

12:40pm  GRN Webinar: Covid-19 and the future of graduate recruitment – Dr. William E. Donald. Discover some initial findings from research carried out with Professor Yehuda Baruch and Dr Melanie Ashleigh of Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, UK. Since early July 2020, they have been interviewing Careers Advisors and Graduate Recruiters to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on graduate employment in the accounting, banking, and finance sector (although many of the findings apply to other sectors). The research has focused on four themes regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on (1) the number of graduate vacancies, (2) changes to the nature of graduate jobs, (3) changes to the graduate recruitment process, and (4) the revised expectations of universities and organisations regarding preparing university students for employment.

1:30pm Close


Dan Hawes is Co-Founder of GRB. Graduate Recruitment Bureau (GRB) are the go-to platform for first-class University students, graduates and recruiters. Established in 1997 by two graduates we have 45 staff and over 1,800 clients across all sectors with clients such as the Post Office, IBM, Unilever and Ocado and several fast-growing SMEs. Our recruitment experts have successfully matched over 8,000 graduates with full time graduate level jobs.

In addition, he is responsible for B2B marketing and representing GRB, Metrica and Cortex to recruiters in the UK successfully ensuring they remain connected with the best employers and the first choice for first-class graduate talent.

Dr. William E. Donald is a Research Scholar at the Ronin Institute (USA) and a Visiting Academic at Southampton Business School, University of Southampton (UK). Will’s research focuses on Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management (PhD 2014-2017), specialising in Graduate Careers, Graduate Employability, and Sustainable Careers. Will’s academic publications have 6,567 reads (88 countries, 6 continents) and 76 citations. Will is also a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute, an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a qualified Life Coach and Member of the National Council of Psychotherapists, and a Lifetime Member of the British Computer Society.

>> This webinar will be recorded and circulated afterwards <<


“I’m looking forward to this webinar. The whole series has been great.”

“The GRN event was really useful – particularly because of the number of grads we’re recruiting this year! The facts/figures from were really interesting and has definitely given me a bit more understanding to what we need to do to ensure we’re supporting our new grads when they join. Looking forward to the next one!”

“I very much enjoyed the event – thanks and congratulations to all concerned – and will certainly be attending future ones.”

“Finally made it to an event, really enjoyed yesterday. Insightful speakers and a good mix of professionals in the room. I really like the event being educational rather than sales based.”

“Very interesting session: very enjoyable.”

“I really enjoyed the event yesterday and found it really useful. I hadn’t been to a GRB meeting previously but will definitely try to attend more in the future as there was some great food for thought.”

“The interaction with those in similar positions is of real value and can only be provided at such forums thus making them unique.”

“I thought the session was really useful and really good to have people from different industries.”

“Really enjoyed this morning, I think you hit just the right balance of information and informality.”

“I thought it was very good actually – apart from the fact that I was desperately trying to hide the fact that I had been somewhat ill during the night (not alcohol related I might add!), it was good.  Carl is a good speaker and person to get things moving etc – good range of industries/companies represented too.”

“Thanks for yesterday.  My first time going to one of those events, rather than hosting them on the other side of the fence!  Was very interesting and useful.”

“Thanks for a very enjoyable and interesting event this morning.”