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Capital Connections 2021

Your chance to experience London or Manchester first hand, visit some great graduate employers, meet Lancaster graduates at a networking evening, and learn more about travelling and staying in the city.


Considering the current situation, we are unsure of the development of this event for 20/21. We are currently working hard to plan an exciting programme of events. If you are interested in this event, please keep checking this page for updates as well as our social media on Facebook, or Instagram.

How can I find out more about this programme?

Learn more about Capital Connections by watching this video made by students who took part last year or read our blogs below. Come to a Capital Connections information session or e-mail us at

Exploring Opportunities in London & Manchester

Interested in exploring a career in a big city? Want to find out more about graduate life, but unsure how? Keen to meet some former Lancaster Students working in a big city?

Capital Connections is your chance to experience London or Manchester first hand, visit some great graduate employers with a range of opportunities, meet Lancaster graduates at a networking evening, and learn more about travelling and living in either city.

It is also your chance to experience a graduate level application process before you start applying for graduate jobs! A fantastic opportunity to practice and gain feedback so you are in a great position to put together a strong application when you begin to apply for graduate roles or internship opportunities.

This programme offers you the opportunity to:

  • Gain insights into businesses and organisations in London and Manchester that employ graduates

  • Hear directly from Lancaster graduates who are now living and working in London or Manchester

  • Receive top tips on how to succeed in the graduate application process direct from graduate employers

  • Develop your professional networks

  • Develop your careers confidence and progress your career thinking

n.b. Capital Connections usually incorporates a 2-day residential trip to visit to businesses in London or Manchester, however this will be dependent on restrictions on travel and other factors. Employers we would normally visit have already committed to providing a bespoke Capital Connections virtual experience.

Our current provisional dates for these trips are

Manchester: 22nd and 23rd March

London: 14th and 15th April

These dates are in Easter vacation so as not to disrupt your attendance at lectures etc.

Travel to Manchester will be via coach from Lancaster and travel to London will be via train form your home postcode. These travel costs along with hotel accommodation will be paid.

To apply for the Capital Connections Programme join the Capital Connections 2021 MS Teams group to find the application form and information about the other stages of the application process.

Read what students have said about Capital Connections:

Who can apply?

This opportunity is open to UK and EU undergraduates who are part of the GROW Your Future Programme. Priority will be given to non-final year students.

Check if you are eligible for GROW Your Future here!

How do I get my Capital Connections Certificate?

To be awarded the Capital Connections Certificate which is recorded on your Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR) and a digital badge that can be added as a micro-credential on your LinkedIn profile, you will need to complete all stages of the Capital Connections Programme.

This includes these compulsory tasks:

  • an application form

  • a video interview

  • create a linked in profile

  • attended employer events

  • complete and submit a written reflective exercise

You will also have the opportunity to attend a digital assessment centre experience too.

In return you will get feedback on your video interview, your reflective exercise and a personalised recommendation added to your LinkedIn profile. If you attend the assessment centre opportunity you will also be given feedback for this activity too.

Is there any help to complete all these tasks?

Workshops and resources are available to help you prepare for the video interview, develop your LinkedIn profile will be available. The assessment centre experience is a combination of learning about assessment centres and engaging in typical activities you may come across.

Completing the Capital Connections Certificate also counts towards the Bronze, Silver and Gold GROW Your Future Awards- You can find out more about those here.

Grow Your Future Awards

New for 2020-2021 these awards recognise students’ contribution and engagement in the GROW Your Future Programme. As a separate award from the Lancaster Award, these offer students the acknowledgment of their achievemnts by being actively engaging, participating or influential in the GROW Your Future community. Find out more!

Find out more!