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The Benefits of Specialist Academic Centres

October 11, 2013

by Marcus Metcalfe


Having recently relocated to York from London with Talentmark, I am settling into a working life in the wonderful North of England and the intriguing opportunities that it presents to grow our business surrounded by both innovative companies and high quality candidates.

This led me to consider the benefits of specialist academic centres for both talent sourcing and research. This is a question very close to our hearts as I dig deep into the opportunities presented by the University of York close by. York University has an impressive record of academic research with 50% of its research considered to be ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Yet it’s the marriage of research with industry that is so fascinating.

Having just opened the Talentmark office in York, the plan is for our company to grow and become a centre of excellence in certain specialities such as health economics. York University has one of the world’s leading MSc courses in health economics and Talentmark will continue to grow our reputation as a specialist and executive recruitment provider that really understands its subject matter.

Part of the reason for establishing a local hub in York is to be able offer candidates and also local clients that personal service and attention to detail that makes a real difference to them. Our candidates have either participated in research or have benefited by being part of departments and faculties that are very active in this area. By being local we can build relationships that cannot be achieved over the phone and help guide people at a crucial time in their careers. For our global clients, we feel that it will be reassuring to know that local relationships equate to a more credible recruitment experience.

We hope that by understanding candidates fully, including their academic background, that we will be able to make a real difference to industry, improving outcomes and contributing more fully to the success of organisations.

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