Higher Education Academy research project confirmed into student

Wed, 09 May 2012 08:21:00 BST

Jim Reid - Lecturer, Childhood Studies James Reid, Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies has been awarded a grant by the Higher Education Academy to undertake research into student placements. The project titled "Developing a variety of approaches to work placement to enhance knowledge and skills for employability" involves research with placement partners and students in examining the relevant benefits of different approaches to placement and how these prepare students for work.

The project demonstrates how the BA(Hons) Childhood Studies programme is proactive in preparing students for future employment and recognises the need for innovative practice particularly when the work placement partner's own resources are being squeezed. It also shows how the programme team work in partnership with students and work placements so that the needs of each group are able to shape programme delivery. James adds, "We are proud as a programme to support the achievements of the School of Education and Professional Development in achieving a high level of successful for graduates finding work or going on to further study once they complete their degree. Placements are an extremely important element of the Childhood Studies programme and we are keen that the experience of our students and placement partners is used to inform not only how we work but how placements are offered nationally. The HEA grant gives the work of the Childhood Studies team a national audience through an influential body in Higher Education".

Students on the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies programme currently undertake a placement in their second year with the option of a further placement in year three. Further evidence on the programme is available on the course finder pages of the website.  

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