Internal Placements Conference 2016

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:50:00 BST


















The Internal Placements Conference took place on Tuesday 27 September where the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bob Cryan, welcomed new placement students to the university and explained the university strategy and how placement students can play a part in achieving our goals.

On the day, former placement students talked about their own placement experience at the University and gave words of advice to students about to embark on an internal placement.

A networking lunch followed where the Vice-Chancellor allowed students and their line managers to meet fellow placement students from across the university.

Naomi Qamar, Business Management BA(Hons) graduate (pictured on the right), talked about her own experience of being a placement student and her career journey since graduating in 2013. She now works at the University as a Systems Support & Development Officer. Naomi encouraged students to be open to new opportunities and get involved.

‌Andrew Stainton, Business School Placement Adviser commented about the event: "We are fortunate that the university offers so many internal placements and the idea of the event was to allow students to look beyond the department they are based and see the bigger picture of the university as a business. Hopefully the event will inspire students to make the most of their working year and for their supervisors to challenge and develop their placement student. Following on from the event further training sessions are planned, with the help of Staff Development, bringing the university placement students together to support and motivate each other.’

This event was hosted by the different Placement Offices from across campus and was attended by 60 university based placement students and their line managers.

Stephen Boyd, Head of Careers and Employability Service said: "Giving students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in the workplace is a key element of the University of Huddersfield experience and is a reason why our graduates are some of the most employable around. As a university we have the utmost faith in the calibre and talent of our students which is why each year we have at least 50 of them with us on a one year placement. The university is a reflection of the graduate labour market and as a big business we gain so much from the innovation and fresh-thinking these students bring. This event was a celebration of this and it was great to see so many of our Professional Experience Programme (PEP) students, and their managers, present to hear the Vice-Chancellor reaffirm just how significant their contribution is to the university and the true potential this opportunity gives them."

After this event, a variety of placement training sessions have been organised to develop both students and line managers into achieving a successful placement and learning how to manage placement students. 

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