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Foreign Office launches its University Roadshow

The Foreign Office is travelling across the UK during February to recruit the most talented and diverse graduates for the Diplomatic Service.

A team from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is visiting universities across England, Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland in February on a Diplomatic Fast Stream Roadshow. The Roadshow is part of a campaign to encourage talented students from a range of backgrounds to apply for the Civil Service Diplomatic graduate program.

Students will hear from junior diplomats, current Fast Streamers and Ambassadors, on what life is like in the diplomatic service and the opportunities that serving the UK at home and overseas can offer.

‘Making a difference across the globe’

The Universities being visited have been selected based on their academic performance for student diversity, to help the Foreign Office and Civil Service’s commitment to attract applications from the most talented graduates of all backgrounds.

Jill Gallard, Director Human Resources at the FCO said:

When I joined the FCO I was worried about whether I would fit in, coming from a state school in Northern Ireland and not having gone to Oxbridge.

However I soon realised that the FCO is open to people from all backgrounds and now I’m HR director one of my top priorities is to make a tangible difference to diversity in the FCO.

We want to recruit the brightest and the best and are dedicated to reaching a wider range of universities to help us have a diverse workforce which is representative of modern Britain.

The FCO offers talented graduates exciting and challenging careers in the UK and in 168 countries around the world.

We strive to keep Britain safe, improve our economic prosperity and support British Nationals overseas.

By joining the FCO, graduates will be part of a modern workforce who make a difference across the globe.

The Roadshow will be visiting the following universities:

Date University
8 February University of Hertfordshire
9 February Cardiff University
10 February UWE Bristol
11 February Aston University, Birmingham
15 February Manchester University
16 February Sheffield Hallam University
17 February Nottingham University
18 February Newcastle University
22 February Edinburgh University
23 February Queen’s Belfast
25 February University of Kent

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