Tom Banham

Director of Employability and Careers


I joined the University as Director of Employability and Careers in May 2016 having worked at Nestlé heading up the team that delivers the entry level recruitment and development programmes for the organisation.

Previous to Nestlé, I had the opportunity to work across multiple sectors in a variety of HR roles, enabling me to develop a broad commercial understanding, which will be crucial in order to add real value to my role at the University. My career has stretched across Consulting, Banking, Legal and FMCG, with my recent roles focused on leading Early Careers Recruitment and Development programmes for Irwin Mitchell LLP.

I am an honorary Vice-President on the Board of the Association of Graduate Recruiters. This role is crucial for me to maintain employer links and for me to understand the changing landscape within our industry. I have held this position for 2 years and I am currently sponsoring a membership project, which encompasses a full review of our provision to ensure that the organisation is delivering against the needs of our diverse membership group.

Inspiring and supporting a new generation of talent is a personal passion for me and I am relishing the opportunity to drive this agenda forward at the University of York. My broad experience and previous success of delivering a long-term early careers strategy will enable me to shape the future direction of the employability agenda at the University of York.

I am a Psychology graduate from Durham, which provides me with a good understanding of how colleges can enhance the student experience and student employability.

Roles and responsibilities

Careers offers a wide range of opportunities, activities and advisory services, all aimed at enhancing the employability of York students and graduates. Support for students includes:

Employability tutorial: the online tutorial has been developed to guide students through the process of developing their employability skills and producing their own personal employability plan

Careers events: a programme of careers fairs, sector briefings, skills sessions and workshops on a range of topics, enabling students to develop employability skills, explore different sectors of employment and network with potential employers

 Information, advice and guidance:

  • a library of information on graduate employment, further study etc. for more detailed research
  • a detailed website offering advice and information ( – a first port of call for students wishing to explore options and idea, and obtain advice on key stages in the process of enhancing their employability
  • one-to-one advice and guidance
  • e-booking and enquiry facilities Vacancy handling service, student internship bureau: opportunities to find term-time, part-time and vacation work or short, project-based internships, allowing students to build their skills and add to their CV

Skills and reflection: the York Award: a programme of skills and personal development for undergraduate students, designed to complement curriculum provision and encourage self- reflection

Volunteering: funding and consultancy for students who wish to build their employability skills through pursuing community projects; facilitated projects, signposting to local volunteering opportunities etc.

Enterprise centre: advice and guidance for student entrepreneurs, business competitions and projects, allowing students to explore the concepts underlying entrepreneurship or supporting them to take the first steps towards developing a business.

Work with academic departments includes:

  • Delivery of bespoke workshops on career planning, job hunting etc.
  • Training for students preparing for and returning from work placements
  • Development and delivery of other bespoke events and activities e.g. careers fairs, on-line projects, employability-related modules
  • Sharing of labour market intelligence / employer links
  • Advice and guidance for supervisors on handling career-related enquiries, how to engage in personal employability planning discussions with students etc.
  • Analysis and reporting on the destinations of leavers from the University six months after graduation

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Contact details

Tom Banham
Director of Employability and Careers
Careers and Placements

Tel: 01904 32 2686


Hannah Smith
Head of Operations (Careers and Placements)

tel: 01904 32 2680