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Foreign Office launches recruitment campaign at top universities

Diplomats seeking the UK’s best and brightest visit 28 universities in a fortnight.

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FCO Consular staff being interviewed

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:

October 7

  • Glasgow University
  • Liverpool University
  • Manchester University

October 8

  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Aston University
  • University of Birmingham

October 9

  • University of Leeds
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Gloucestershire
  • University of Bristol

October 10

  • University of Sheffield Hallam
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of the West of England

October 11

  • University of Coventry
  • Cardiff University

October 14

  • University of Oxford
  • University of Northampton

October 15

  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of Cambridge

October 16

  • University of Southampton
  • University of Surrey

October 17

  • University of Westminster
  • London School of Economics
  • University College London
  • Royal Holloway University of London

October 18

  • School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • King’s College London

Further information

Case studies: read Angela's account (PDF, 230KB, 2 pages) of working as the Political and Press Officer at the British Embassy in Beirut and Nikesh's account (PDF, 294KB, 4 pages) of working on foreign policy and security at the British High Commission in Malaysia.

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Published 18 September 2013
Last updated 7 October 2013 + show all updates
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