Newman University has been offering work placement modules as part of its undergraduate degree programmes for many years. Our aim is to provide students with an awareness of the real opportunities and challenges off a graduate level role in the work environment.
This graduate level work experience contributes to Newman University consistently having one of the best graduate employment rates of UK universities, producing graduates able to make an impact in the workplace.
Some postgraduate courses (such as the Postcolonial Literature MA) also include a work placement element.
CVCRS has benefitted from a really positive relationship with Newman University. Since 2009 we have hosted five placements for students at different stages of studying for their degree in Youth and Community Work and they have shown enthusiasm and commitment in working with our team here. We think Newman University students are a great asset to our team, bringing fresh ideas, enthusiasm and a willingness to participate and learn – it’s a challenge to all of us to be on top form!
J. Davies, Children & Young People's Manager, Castle Vale Community Regeneration Services (CVCRS)
How do students add value to your organisation?
97% of employers said that they felt their Newman work placement student was an asset to their organisation. Work placements can benefit employers by providing:
- A motivated and enthusiastic employee.
- Long term added value to your organisation.
- The opportunity to assess a student’s potential for future employment.
- The opportunity to give a potential recruit a trial without obligation.
- Flexibility in staff deployment.
- Generating goodwill and developing partnerships with the academic community.
What do students do on placement?
The host organisation can agree any type of work experience relevant to graduate-level employment with the student. Second year students are expected to negotiate their role and their day-to-day activities with the host organisation before the placement begins. In contrast, final year students are expected to develop a proposal for a project, in negotiation with the placement host. The project should be something that the employer identifies as useful for their organisation.
When does it happen?
All students should complete at least 18 days in the work place. Second year students currently complete their placement between January and March. Final year students complete their placement between September and December. Students are expected to arrange their placement days around their study commitments for some of this time.
How is it supported?
Students are fully briefed before they begin their work placement. They are allocated a Placement Tutor who is an academic member of staff who will have regular contact with the student via email, and will, by negotiation, make at least one visit to the host organisation during the placement.
What responsibilities does the host organisation have?
We ask that the host organisation:
- Provide a link person who is fully aware of the student’s responsibilities whilst on placement
- Sign an attendance sheet for the student
- At the end of the placement, provide a reference
Employer comments about placement students
"Sarah was a very helpful and conscientious student. She initiated several activities which went far beyond anything expected of her."
"The student has been a pleasure to have on placement as it has been an opportunity to explore the role and purpose of our service and to discuss the relevance of our work."
" David proved an asset to the organisation, his contributions to events and meetings were valued and informative. The feedback session to our team meeting will help us to improve what we do."
"Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum has been benefiting from a Newman student placement each year since 2001, with students willing to get involved in a range of projects and experiences… Newman students are always up for the challenge."
"We are very happy with the calibre of student placed with us from Newman University. they usually bring a fresh perspective to the organisation because they are here to learn from a setting frequently different from their chosen academic subject. we have always found students from Newman committed and they invariably show an interest in all aspects of this organisation." SIFA Fireside