13 Sep 2024, 2 p.m. — Virtual or in person: QEII Centre, Broad Sanctuary, SW1P 3EE
Application deadline is 8th September 2024, 11:59 p.m.

Top reasons to attend Bright Network FESTIVAL - the no.1 graduate careers event:

🌍 Explore every major industry (from Law and Financial Services to Business, Engineering and Tech), discover the roles on offer and meet the top employers - including AppleBarclaysBritish Airways, Publicis Groupe and Slaughter and May.

🧠 Attend skill-building and sector insight sessions designed to boost your knowledge and confidence ahead of application season

🌟 Join workshops, connect with other students and win prizes like CV reviews, vouchers and more!

Ready to join the 20,000+ graduates who secured their first role through Bright Network?


This page is for afternoon entry to FESTIVAL only. This means you'll be able to register from 13:00 (UK time) and access the venue to network and attend sessions between 14:00 - 17:00. Do not arrive earlier than 12:00 as you will not be permitted entry. You will need to vacate the venue at 17:00 when the event ends if you haven't already. If you'd prefer to attend the event in the morning instead, apply here.

If you're looking to attend virtually, you can apply on this page. Just select virtual attendance on the final page of the application form.

Please note: ticket swapping will not be possible. If you have an afternoon entry ticket, you can arrive from 12:00. Only apply to one entry time, otherwise you will be automatically allocated to one.

Click here to see the full FAQs on entry times.


About the event

This year's FESTIVAL is going to be the biggest yet as we take over every floor at the QEII Centre. This means more opportunities to meet your peers, win prizes and join workshops, as well as the crucial networking, skill-building and sector knowledge-building opportunities.

Another change we're making this year is splitting the entry times. You can apply to attend in the morning (10:30 - 13:30) or in the afternoon (14:00 - 17:00). This should mean more more opportunities to network, a shorter registration queue and more control of your day.

Alternatively, you can apply to attend virtually and access any sessions throughout the day.

To get an idea of what to expect, check out last year's highlights reel:


What to expect

  • A customisable schedule where you can pick which sessions to attend and when to network - just choose which slot to attend (morning or afternoon)
  • Networking opportunities with more than 100 leading employers from every sector
  • Skills sessions, panel discussions and workshops on a wide range of topics

What to wear

  • Comfortable shoes - there isn't a lot of seating available around the venue.
  • Layers - the rooms can vary in temperature due to the different amounts of people in the different spaces, so having an additional layer like a jumper or jacket is a good idea.
  • Something for the weather - registration queues can stretch outdoors, so we recommend bringing an umbrella or suncream depending on the forecast.

The dress code is smart casual.

What to bring

  • Something to take notes with - a pen and notebook is usually easiest.
  • Portable charger so you can use your phone to scan employer QR codes and access the programme, and still have enough charge for the journey home.
  • Snacks.
  • Water bottle - it will be warm during networking due to the amount of people around. Stay hydrated.

Plus, most importantly, enthusiasm! This is a fantastic opportunity to impress employers and make a great first impression. We recommend researching the employers you're interested to meet in advance and having some insightful questions prepared.

Click here to explore the accessibility and inclusivity initiatives at FESTIVAL.

Why attend

Network with 100+ employers

Get advice for finding success in applications, interviews and assessment centres

Explore every major sector and find one that suits you

Who can attend

We welcome members who graduated in 2023 or 2024, as well as those already at university who will be graduating in 2025/2026/2027/2028.

You must be at least 18 years old to attend this event.

You're attending university in the UK (if you'll be attending in person)


13 Sep 2024

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Arrival and registration

2 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.

Range of sessions to upskill and inspire you ahead of application season

Skill sessions include 'Tech top tips', 'A day in the life of a grad', 'Advancing social mobility', 'Black Heritage Industry Perspectives' and 'Traits of successful women leaders'.

2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Open networking

For in-person attendees only. This will involve visiting various booths across three floors at the QEII Centre.

5 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.

Exit venue

In person attendees with afternoon entry are able to register any time between 13:00 and 16:00. You're welcome to leave at any point, but you will not be able to enter earlier than 14:00.

This agenda is for FESTIVAL attendees with AFTERNOON (13:00 - 17:00) entry. Virtual attendees are welcome to attend the whole day and pick which sessions to attend.



Virtual or in person - QEII Centre, Broad Sanctuary, SW1P 3EE


Frequently asked questions

By applying to "Bright Network FESTIVAL 2024 - afternoon entry", you are reqesting a ticket to access the event from 14:00 - 17:00. If you are successful in your application to attend, you will only have access to the venue during this time frame. 

If you'd prefer to attend in the morning, you can apply for morning entry here.

All timings on the agenda for Bright Network FESTIVAL correspond with British Summer Time (BST). 

Please refer to our FAQs here if you have any queries about attending a Bright Network event in-person.

If you have any questions about attending Bright Network FESTIVAL as a virtual attendee, we have gathered all the most frequently asked questions here. Please note that for this event, if you attend virtually you will not to be able to join the networking sessions. 

For information on inclusivity measures at the event, take a look at the FESTIVAL 2024 DEIB and accessibility page.

You can also take a look at our Support Hub for further questions. If you require anything else, please get in touch with our Events Team -

To confirm your place at the event, you may be contacted by call or text by the Bright Network team. Please make sure your details are all correct and up-to-date on your profile.

Photography and videography will be taken at the event.

Apply today

Apply today for the chance to boost your chances for a successful early career and meet over 100 exceptional employers. Join other university students from all over the UK who are taking charge of their futures this summer. To submit your application, please click the “Apply Now” button at the top of the page.