About Us

We're Gradsouthwest, the graduate job board for south west England, run by graduates for graduates. 

Our story began over 20 years ago as part of a drive to retain graduate skills in the region. Back then, we worked with the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) and all 13 regional Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to provide a single job board for local employers and graduate jobseekers.

As the landscape changed, HEIs focussed more on their internal provision and funding dried up.

That could have been the end, but graduates and businesses told us that they valued a one-stop service. That's why we transferred into a private company - with our Directors often working for free - to keep it going. It's our payback for the successful graduate careers we've enjoyed in this beautiful part of the world!

We retain our strong campus links and over the years we've successfully recruited for thousands of companies. We've also offered paid graduate internships within our team, helping to kick start careers.

As a small business ourselves, we understand the challenges of graduate recruitment. That's why if you don't recruit, we'll extend your advert free of charge. And why we signpost to any university funding and resources that we hear about.

Gradsouthwest is more than a business to us; it's a manifestation of our vision to create a thriving community of graduates and employers in our dynamic and diverse region. 

Meet the Team

Dr Deborah Watson - Director

Dr Deborah Watson | Director, Gradsouthwest

Deborah is a graduate from the University of Exeter and a Director of Gradsouthwest. She has worked with universities and businesses across the south west and beyond for a number of years, building partnerships to support innovation, economic development and to get graduates into great jobs. Deborah is passionate about Gradsouthwest, having been involved with the service since its formation in 2001 and was pleased to lead the management buy-out of the service in 2015 - ensuring the continuation of this well respected service for graduates and employers. Based in Exeter, Deborah leads on developing partnerships with universities, colleges and business organisations across the south west.

Charlotte Weston - Director

Charlotte Weston | Director, Gradsouthwest

Charlotte is a graduate with many years experience in both large and small organisations in the public, private and charity sectors. Recently, she has worked as a consultant to a range of SMEs across the south west, specialising in project management and communications. Having managed Gradsouthwest  for a number of years, Charlotte is passionate about helping graduates into work and keeping their skills in the south west. Based in Plymouth, Charlotte leads on marketing the service to students and graduates to ensure that recruiters get a good response to their adverts.

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Company Information

Company: Gradsouthwest Limited | Company Number: 9442857 | VAT Number:  211 5232 64
Address: Innovation Centre, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RN, UK
Registered Address: 3 Southernhay West, Exeter, EX1 1JG, UK