Team Members

Meet the People Behind Graduate Advantage

  • Nicole Riley

    Project Officer within the Employment Team

    After graduating from Birmingham City University with a Marketing degree, Nicole’s first role working within higher education was a Student Liaison Officer. Being a recent graduate with the knowledge, personality and skills to support and communicate to students, this helped her to progress to her second post as a Faculty Student Communications Officer where she stayed for six years.

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    This role gave Nicole the opportunity to put her Marketing degree and past placement experience of working in a creative agency as an Account Executive to the test!

    Nicole’s role involved communicating faculty information, events, news & opportunities to the students by creating content for a variety of communication channels such as digital screens, social media, emails, brochures and flyers. Whilst in this role, Nicole was proud to have won the Professional Services Staff award 2015 and to also be nominated by the students for the Extra Mile Award in 2016.

    Nicole’s current role as Project Officer sees her working on several exciting projects within the Employability Team with her main focus being on Graduate Employment. Nicole assists the team in connecting with local, regional and national graduate recruiters as well as local SMEs to help seek out placement or graduate opportunities. Nicole works with the employers and Graduate Advantage to promote roles on the Birmingham City University jobs board for Birmingham City Students.

    In her spare time, Nicole runs her own part-time promotional staffing business (iDeal Staff), she enjoys travelling the world, and as well as being a part-time stylist and foodie, she sees herself as a bit of a fitness fanatic and enjoys going to the gym when she gets time.

  • Ranj Barn

    Graduate Talent Consultant

    After studying a degree in Business and Finance at Birmingham City University and going on to study a postgraduate course in Marketing Management at Staffordshire University, Ranj started her career working in Higher Education at Aston University as a Graduate Placement Coordinator.

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    She then transitioned from Aston University, to work for Birmingham City University and progressed into her current role today as Graduate Talent Consultant where she looks after the Arts Design & Media Faculties, as well as the Health, Education and Life Sciences Faculties.

    As a Graduate Talent Consultant, Ranj is passionate about improving Graduate Employability and raising the career aspirations of students and graduates from Birmingham City University. She works with local, regional and national graduate recruiters and SME’s to understand their resourcing needs for short and long term employment opportunities. Ranj manages the whole recruitment process and as well as advertising incoming vacancies from Aston University, Graduate Advantage and local employers on Birmingham City University jobs board, Ranj and the rest of the Employment Team work towards arranging a series of bespoke recruitment fairs and employer events throughout the year, enabling students to network and build relationships with future employers.

    When Ranj isn’t busy doing the job that she loves, she really enjoys attending yoga classes and likes to visit different yoga retreats in Europe when she can.

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