What support can you expect from the Business School?
Once it has been agreed that you are willing to provide a placement opportunity, the Work Placement Team will communicate with appropriate students and will manage any required interviews. Both student and employer receive guidance on the purpose, expectations and assessment of the work placement before it starts.
In addition to the academic tutor who will support the student, it is helpful if your organisation can provide a workplace mentor to help support the student and monitor their progress. During the placement the Business School will also maintain close contact with the student and the placement provider.
Once a work placement opportunity has been agreed and a student appointed to this placement, then the student's academic tutor will agree with you, the placement provider the basis of this engagement ie a project or running of a particular campaign.
The student will be required to demonstrate the achievement of academic aims and outcomes defined in their work placement module, and these will be linked to the agreed role/project/campaign.
At the end of the placement the student will be required to submit a written report which will be assessed by the tutor. Whilst in their placement, students are required to maintain a reflective log indicating what they have done and reflecting on what they have learnt from the experience.
In addition, students will be required to reflect on how they have changed and developed, especially in relation to their skills/competencies through the placement experience.
The Next Step
For a student placement to be successful, it is important that we gain a full understanding of how your organisation operates and its needs in relation to the development of an agreed student project/campaign.
Once a placement opportunity has been identified, we will work with you to ensure that all aspects of the work placement are well administered and the required outcomes for all those involved are achieved.
In advance of the placement students will attend a series of workshops which will help to prepare them for what lies ahead and will include areas such as Health and Safety, Project Management, reflective reporting, CV development, etc.
Handbooks will be issued for the student in the preparatory year and for the placement itself.There is also a detailed handbook for the placement organisation.