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Brunel's Professional Development Centre named UK's best University Placement/Careers Service

Brunel University's Professional Development Centre (PCC) were named winners for the third year running at the National Placement and Internship Awards on Wednesday 18 January.

The PCC picked up the award for Best University Placement/Careers Service, which celebrates the contributions made by Careers Services in helping students make the most of their work experience opportunities. 

Oliver Sidwell, co-founder of Rate My Placement, the organisation which created the awards, praised the PCC's dedication to students' needs: "Alongside a university-wide commitment to improving employability, this one-stop-shop goes beyond the call of duty to develop innovative and forward-thinking ways to engage students and recruiters alike. Focusing on engaging students early through the publication of an employability guide, placement peer monitoring schemes and an effective use of social media and technology, the judges were amazed by the quantity of initiatives developed by this department."

Chris Chang, Interim Director of Academic Services at Brunel, said: "The University is delighted that the PCC has won an award at the National Placement and Internship Awards for the third year running. This is unprecedented, and acknowledges the excellent support and opportunities that we provide to our students. The award recognises the work put in not only by the Professional Development Centre team, but also by staff across the University." 

Brunel's Placement Assistant Graham Kaye-Taylor also received a special commendation in the category of University Personality of the Year, following a number of student nominations. 

The National Placement and Internship Awards launched in 2010 when the Professional Development Centre were first named 'Best University Placement/Careers Service’. In 2011 the Centre was again successful, this time in the ‘Forward-thinking approach to work-based learning’ category.

Held at City University, this year's awards ceremony attracted over 200 attendees, with sixteen awards presented.