Steve Fish honoured with Significant Influence award

Steve Fish

Director of Careers Service & Deputy Director of Student Services Steve Fish has been honoured with an Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) Significant Influence Award.

The award recognises the work Steve has undertaken to promote employability initiatives within the University and our region, including his support for the Graduates Yorkshire project.

Initially run by our University on behalf of the other universities in Yorkshire and Humber, Graduates Yorkshire sought to promote employment opportunities with regional employers to graduates wanting to work across Yorkshire and the Humber.

Now known as Gradcore, the company is still based on campus and Steve has acted on the board of directors. It is now working more widely across the UK with over 40 universities.

Steve was also involved from the outset in setting up the RISE project, a partnership initiative between our University, Sheffield Hallam University, and Sheffield City Council.

RISE seeks to enhance Sheffield’s reputation as a key graduate destination by increasing the number of employment opportunities within the city.

Working primarily with local enterprises, graduate placements are identified and support is offered to companies looking to recruit appropriate applicants.

The RISE project is recognised nationally as one of the most successful of the regional employment programmes.

Presenting Steve with his award, AGCAS Company Law Member Stephen Boyd said:

“A true inspiration to colleagues and a leading voice regionally and nationally, Steve has typified the very best of AGCAS in ensuring that, even in these days of a competitive Higher Education sector, the principles of collaboration and collective endeavour for the good of all our students continues in our profession.”

Steve was also instrumental in the creation of the Great Ambassadors China Scheme at our University. This seeks to place students and graduates who have knowledge of the Chinese language with companies that are seeking to develop or enhance trade links with China.

Paid placement opportunities are found with UK companies both locally and nationally for our University’s Chinese speaking students and graduates.