Student Agreement for Industrial Placements

Student agreement for Master's and Undergraduate degrees with industrial placements at the University of Leicester

The University will endeavour to support you by working with you to provide:

  • a planned programme of support to enable you to develop the knowledge and skills needed to secure a work placement;
  • opportunities to reflect on your learning , the skills you are developing and action required to address development needs;
  • access to opportunities to develop your skills and advise you in your attempts to gain extra-curricular experience through the University of Leicester Career Development Service;
  • assistance for you to seek access to employer networking opportunities, events and presentations;
  • access to information on placement opportunities and to understand what employers are looking for to enable you to create opportunities to put yourself in a competitive position within the recruitment and selection process;
  • One-to-one support with job hunting, application, CV and cover letter development and with preparing for interviews and assessment centres through the Career Development Service;
  • support whilst on work placement and on your return to the University to help you review your progress, reflect on your learning and development needs arising from your placement experience;
  • a named contact (University of Leicester) who will support you during the work placement and help you review your learning and achievements; your work place supervisor should be the first point of contact for any problems that arise during your work placement.

We expect you to:

  • fully participate in the ‘with Industry' Employability Programme and attend all sessions;
  • complete any  programme tasks by the due date; be punctual, arriving ready for the start of all sessions;
  • be a self-managing, motivated career professional, taking responsibility for your own professional development and making full use of the range of services and support provided to help you secure a work placement;
  • recognise that it is your responsibility to secure a placement, take action early on in your course to understand the competitive UK job market and prepare for making applications for placements;
  • prepare for employer networking and other events by researching the employers you plan to approach and preparing questions in advance to ensure that you make the most of the opportunity;
  • meet the norms and expectations for professional conduct in the particular area of work you are undertaking (whilst at University and when on work placement) and take action to seek guidance in the event of any uncertainty about the standards of behaviour expected;
  • ensure that your personal presentation (including written) is at all times professional and business like when dealing with employers and employer related organisations;  wear appropriate business attire for any face to face contact with employers or their representatives;
  • raise any concerns you have about your programme of learning with an appropriate person (e.g. personal tutor for the academic element and work place supervisor when on work placement) as soon as possible;
  • make full use of the support provided by the University and specifically the Career Development Service.
  • complete all work placement documentation by the deadline (including the Non-Disclosure Agreement) and declare any difficulties and/or disabilities that may impact on your performance at work.
  • to honour the agreed duration of the placement (agreed at time of contract between the student and placement provider) and work professionally throughout this period. Under certain circumstances e.g. after 3 months, should the student or placement provider need to finish the placement earlier, the student will then move to the student project part of the Masters programme at the earliest scheduled opportunity. Any changes to the work placement need to be endorsed by the Head of Department.

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