Bryan Snelling, Chief Executive, The Gordon Highlanders Museum
Why did you get involved with the STAR Award?
As one of the people who created the STAR Award when I was working at the University, upon leaving I wanted to ensure I would stay involved and the best way, I felt, to do this was to use my insight about the STAR Award and the knowledge as an external employer to support the students in completing it. I have the unique opportunity of seeing the STAR award from both sides and knowing what the aim of it was in the first place, and am so pleased with how it has turned out following its conception many years ago.
What are the benefits of the STAR Award to you?
As an employer the STAR Award is invaluable. Whilst students attend University for the primary reason of gaining their academic qualification, the non–academic activities they undertake whilst there are just as important and are an area that, as an employer, I value extremely highly. It is the non-academic activity involvement that is often the decider for employers when considering a potential employee, not least because the degree classification or subject is often a fundamental requirement just to get past the first stage and be chosen for interview.