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Association of Graduate Recruiters Renamed as Institute of Student Employers


As of today, the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) has been renamed as the Institute of Student Employers (ISE), reflecting a change in member needs since the organisation was formed nearly 50 years ago (1968).

The change to the ISE reflects that the majority of its employer members take a broader approach to how they recruit and develop emerging talent, hiring school leavers, apprentices and interns alongside graduates. More information on the institute can be found at

Chief Executive, Stephen Isherwood explains:

“Our new name is more than a rebrand, more than an opportunity to update fonts and colours, and it wasn’t a decision taken lightly. It was member led, involved extensive stakeholder consultations and we engaged professional advisors.

“The Association of Graduate Recruiters no longer fully reflects our member base or what we do. For several years we have used our expertise in the apprentice and school leaver market to support members and influence change, so this cements our position as the voice of all employers involved in student recruitment and development.

“We successfully applied for the use of the title “institute” to reflect the greater depth and breadth of our offering including in-house research and professional training.”

The first piece of research under the ISE name will launch on Friday 22 September 2017. The ISE Annual Survey provides an extensive insight into the state of the graduate and school leaver jobs market in 2017.

This will be the second name change in the member association’s 49-year history. It was originally known as the Standing Conference of Employers of Graduates (SCOEG).