About Us

The Careers Service provides an excellent and supportive service which empowers individual students and graduates to realise their aspirations, make informed life choices and achieve their potential.

Our services to employers provide a direct link to students and graduates to support talent spotting, recruitment and business development opportunities.

Our full mission statement can be viewed here - Mission Statement. We make our services accessible to all our users and are always happy to discuss individual requirements. Further details can be viewed here - Making Our Services More Accessible (PDF).

Students and Graduates

The Careers Service is here to help you understand how you can make your university degree, and all the experiences open to you whilst at University, count towards your future career.

Our experienced and professionally qualified staff will help you

  • identify and source useful work experience options
  • recognise the skills your university degree gives you that are valuable to employers
  • plan your possible future career path(s)
  • support you as you make applications to employers
  • assess whether PG study will suit you and help progress your career
  • understand how to set up your own business and begin planning
  • link with employers, alumni and professional bodies to progress your career plans

Offering services on-line, on a one-to-one basis, and through webinars and events we are looking forward to helping you with all aspects of your career journey and your future success.

Employers

We offer you a range of services to help you access our students and graduates and to work with our academic departments to inform and influence curriculum development.  A full list of the collaborative opportunities we offer you are listed on our Employers page.

Data Protection Information

To provide you with our full range of services, we hold and utilise your personal data on the basis of legitimate interest.  Our full Data Protection Information for students and graduates can be viewed here -  Data Protection Information Students/Graduates

Our full Data Protection Statement for Employers and Stakeholders can be viewed here - Data Protection Information Employers and Stakeholders

Contact Us

The Careers Service is staffed by a friendly team of experienced careers and employability professionals. We offer a range of support to help you recognise your strengths, explore a wide range of opportunities, and make informed decisions about your future.

We are here to help you at whatever stage you are at in your university studies, as well as after you have graduated. In fact, we offer a lifelong service to Aber graduates.

A member of our team will be on duty every weekday to offer initial advice for short queries either in-person or online. If your query requires a more in-depth response, you may be referred to a Careers Consultant for a 1:1 guidance appointment, which will be conducted either in-person or via MS Teams.

You can also book an appointment or send a specific query by logging in to our online portal ABERcareers and using the 'Book' tab or 'Queries' button to contact us. Alternatively, email careers@aber.ac.uk or telephone 01970 622378. We will respond to enquiries within three working days.

We are currently located in the Students' Union, next to the Union shop. Opening hours are Mon-Fri 9am to 4pm. 

Meet the Team

Director of Student Services

Ian Munton

Ian has overall responsibility for all areas of Student Services.

E-mail: iam14@aber.ac.uk
Telephone: (01970) 621761

 

Head of Service (Careers and Employability)
Deputy Head of Student Services

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Bev Herring

Bev is the member of the department's management team who has responsibility for the Careers Service, its strategic direction and its targets and performance indicators.

E-mail: bch@aber.ac.uk
Telephone: (01970) 622378

 

Front-line Team

Gareth Jones
Student Employability Manager

Gareth manages, facilitates and implements the front-line services of the department to all students and graduates of the University.  In addition he monitors budget lines and departmental finances on an on-going basis.

E-mail: gaj39@aber.ac.uk
Telephone: (01970) 622378

 

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Summer McDonnell
Student Employability Adviser

Summer is responsible for facilitating and implementing the front-line services of the department to all students and graduates of the University. She is also responsible for resourcing and inputting vacancies on to ABERcareers as well as ensuring that a broad range of relevant and current information resources are readily available for our students and graduates.

E-mail: slm17@aber.ac.uk
Telephone: (01970) 622378

 

Employer Engagement Team

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Gwen Adams
Employer Engagement Manager

Gwen has overall responsibility for the employer engagement work undertaken by the Careers Service, designed to inform, encourage and support the development of self-awareness, employability and career-planning skills. Her role involves overseeing employer liaison work to negotiate and provide quality work experience opportunities and participation in on-campus events, and the coordination of AberForward, a unique programme of employability initiatives combining training and a work placement, all with the clear aim of helping Aberystwyth University students and graduates to feel confident and ready to meet the challenges of the graduate job market.

E-mail: gwa3@aber.ac.uk
Telephone: (01970) 621536

 

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Jacqui Ho
Employer Engagement Officer

Jacqui is responsible for connecting employers with current students via on campus events to promote graduate opportunities and internships.  She identifies and sources a broad range of employers that match up with the needs of our students and academic departments in order to support the development of curricula and help our students become as work ready as possible.

E-mail: jah30@aber.ac.uk
Telephone: (01970) 628670

 

Cai Strachan
Graduate Support Adviser

Cai is a Graduate Support Adviser for the Graduate Support Programme. Funded by the Welsh Government, the project offers enhanced support to recent Aber graduates.

E-mail: cas107@aber.ac.uk
Telephone: (01970) 622378

 

Sarah Thomas
Graduate Support Adviser

Sarah is also a Graduate Support Adviser for the Graduate Support Programme. Funded by the Welsh Government, the project offers enhanced support to recent Aber graduates.

E-mail: smt@aber.ac.uk
Telephone: (01970) 622378

 

Careers Consultant Team

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James Cuffe
Careers Consultant

James is the Careers Consultant for the Department of Life Sciences with responsibility for courses ranging from agriculture to zoology.  He delivers lectures, workshops, events, individual consultations and interactive group sessions to ensure that all students benefit from careers education, information and guidance support.  He is also responsible for co-ordinating developments within ABERcareers, the Careers Service’s vacancies and events portal.

E-mail: jpc11@aber.ac.uk 
Telephone: (01970) 622378

 

Careers Consultant                                                                                           

Careers Consultant with responsibility for the Business School, the department of Information Management Libraries and Archives as well as for the Graduate School delivering lectures, workshops, events, individual consultations and interactive group sessions to ensure that all students in those departments as well as PhD Researchers and Post Graduate Masters students across the University via the Graduate School, benefit from careers education, information and guidance support

E-mail: careers@aber.ac.uk
Telephone: (01970) 622378

 

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Joanne Hiatt
Careers Consultant

Jo is the Careers Consultant with responsibility for the departments of Education, Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Modern Languages, Art and English & Creative Writing. She delivers lectures, workshops, events, individual consultations and interactive group sessions to ensure that all students benefit from careers education, information and guidance support.  She is also the Careers Service’s Equality & Diversity Officer and co-ordinates developments within this area.

E-mail: jeb@aber.ac.uk
Telephone: (01970) 622378

 

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Morwenna Jeffery
Careers Consultant

Morwenna is the Careers Consultant with responsibility for Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science. She delivers lectures, workshops, events, individual consultations and interactive group sessions to ensure that all students benefit from careers education, information and guidance support. She is also responsible for co-ordinating the development of the Careers Service’s website as well as the development and promotion of the University’s eMentoring scheme which links current students with alumni.

E-mail: mrj11@aber.ac.uk
Telephone: (01970) 622378

 

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Anna McAdam
Careers Consultant

Anna is the Careers Consultant with responsibility for the departments of Geography & Earth Sciences, Psychology and Welsh & Celtic Studies. She delivers lectures, workshops, events, individual consultations and interactive group sessions to ensure that all students benefit from careers education, information and guidance support.

E-mail: anm43@aber.ac.uk 
Telephone: (01970) 622378

 

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Tony Orme
Careers Consultant

Tony is the Careers Consultant with responsibility for the Law School, International Politics and History & Welsh History. He delivers lectures, workshops, events, individual consultations and interactive group sessions to ensure that all students benefit from careers education, information and guidance support. He is also responsible for all aspects of helping students, graduates and staff interested in enterprise and new business start-up to turn their good ideas into great businesses.  

E-mail: awo@aber.ac.uk
Telephone: (01970) 622378

 

GO Wales Team

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Lewis Richards
GO Wales Strategic Manager

Lewis is the Strategic Manager for GO Wales: Achieve through Work Experience(AtWE). Lewis oversees this programme of support and tailored opportunities for young students facing barriers to work experience. The AtWE project is supported by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.  

E-mail: lhr@aber.ac.uk
Telephone: (01970) 622099                                                                                                                   

 

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Lorraine Spencer
GO Wales Development Adviser

Lorraine is a Development Adviser for the ESF funded programme, GO Wales Achieve through Work Experience (AtWE). Lorraine liaises with employers throughout Wales to source quality work experience opportunities for students and graduates.

E-mail: lms9@aber.ac.uk
Telephone: (01970) 628517

 

Stanislav Kollarik
GO Wales Development Adviser

Stanislav is a Development Adviser for the ESF funded programme, GO Wales Achieve through Work Experience (AtWE). Stanislav liaises with employers throughout Wales to source quality work experience opportunities for students and graduates.

E-mail: stk25@aber.ac.uk
Telephone: (01970) 628517

 

Cheryl Skelton

GO Wales Administrative Officer

Cheryl is an Administrative Officer for the ESF funded programme, GO Wales Achieve through Work Experience (AtWE). Cheryl provides administrative support with financial claims, documentation and audit trails for the project alongside supporting the Advisers in all aspects of their day to day tasks.

E-mail: cas66@aber.ac.uk
Telephone: (01970) 628518

 

James Richards

GO Wales Administrative Officer

James is an Administrative Officer for the ESF funded programme, GO Wales Achieve through Work Experience (AtWE).

E-mail: jar83@aber.ac.uk
Telephone: (01970) 622099

 

Enterprise

Louise Somerfield
Enterprise Administrative Officer

Louise is the Administrative Officer for the AberPreneurs scheme. AberPreneurs helps students, graduates and staff interested in enterprise and new business start-up to turn their good ideas into great businesses.  

E-mail: los14@aber.ac.uk
Telephone: (01970) 628451