Quality Placements

Quality Placements

Student placements, internships and work experience programmes benefit business and students alike. NCUB has taken a look at what is really going on in student placements across the UK. In an initial research project, working with the Higher Education Academy, the Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU) and employment and skills consultancy CFE, in 2014 NCUB conducted an in-depth study into the landscape of placement provision across the UK.

The research has highlighted the huge range of activity that is taking place in the UK from traditional, year-long sandwich placements to short, informal work experience, and with students and employers from a very diverse range of subjects and industries. Within this vast array of placements, the research has also identified the aspects of placements that make them a “quality” experience for the student, employer and university.

NCUB have already taken part in several dissemination events with HE bodies across the UK in order to share initial findings and receive feedback and contributions from those that have valuable experience in placement provision. The initial research conclusions and case studies to demonstrate these findings can be found in our Quality Placements Online Report

Our work in gathering evidence about how the existing system of placements is working continues with an in-depth study of placements for Computer Science undergraduates. This study is funded by Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) and is entitled Growing Experience: A Review of Undergraduate Placements in Computer Science

We have also launched Placer in partnership with leading provider of tech services to the HE sector, Jisc, and student accommodation leader, Unite Students. Placer is an innovative platform set to diversify and increase the number of university students gaining work experience. Using the latest technology, through employer dashboards and student screens, Placer connects employers offering quality opportunities with students.

Quality Placements on ncub.co.uk:

REPORT: Growing Experience: A Review of Undergraduate Placements in Computer Science

BLOG: Growing Experience: reviewing computer science placements

REPORT: Quality Placements Online Report

BLOG: Placements offer extra advantages over MOOCs in building computer science employability

BLOG: How do you know if you’re offered a high quality work placement?

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