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Diplomats from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will visit 28 universities across England, Scotland, and Wales in the next two weeks in a campaign to recruit the best and brightest to apply to the diplomatic service’s Graduate Fast Stream program, which seeks to attract high-performing graduates from diverse backgrounds.
More than 50 diplomats of diverse backgrounds and work experiences are fanning out across Britain to explain what life is like in the diplomatic service, and to answer questions from students. Students will have the opportunity to hear about a range of career paths and experiences from the speakers, who vary from junior officers to Ambassadors.
Hugh Elliott, Director of Engagement and Communications at the Foreign Office, said:
The Foreign Office has a huge amount to offer talented graduates. Our work is exciting and challenging. We offer a career with a difference, giving a unique chance to make a positive difference to this country and internationally.
Over the summer, Foreign office staff helped Britons caught up in the aftermath of the attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi; we supported the people of Gibraltar and we helped British business to secure contracts all over the world.
We are looking to our staff to represent modern Britain and bring a variety of experience to an organisation which is full of opportunities.
Representatives from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will be visiting the following universities:
Edinburgh Napier University
University of Birmingham
University of Leeds
University of Bradford
University of Gloucestershire
University of Bristol
University of Sheffield Hallam
University of Nottingham
University of the West of England
University of Coventry
University of Oxford
University of Northampton
University of Hertfordshire
University of Cambridge
University of Southampton
University of Surrey
University of Westminster
London School of Economics
University College London
Royal Holloway University of London
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Queen Mary University of London
King’s College London
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