Boost your results: get into work
The study sought to test a widely held but unproven view that good quality industrial placements are not only beneficial for students, but can actually boost their academic performance.
Richard Mendez, work-related learning manager in the University Careers Service, and Dr Aldo Rona, from the Department of Engineering, examined the degree results of students taking Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) or Master of Engineering (MEng) courses in general, mechanical, electrical and electronic or communications engineering.
They found that there was a positive correlation between those who opted to spend a year in industry and their degree outcomes, equating to an improvement of about nine percentage points.
The research has since received an Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) 2011 excellence award and Richard will now be carrying out a larger study as part of his PhD.