Year in industry placements

"Year in industry placements: benefits, challenges, and surprises" Dr Primrose Freestone, Department of Infection, Immunity, Inflammation

Presented at the 3rd Annual Learning and Teaching Conference on Tuesday 30 June 2015.

Recording (20 minutes)


Activities that prepare students for work can be a major boost to their graduate employability.  In particular, industrial and research placements have been shown to benefit students by increasing their aptitude for learning by seeing science theory translated into practice, which can lead to improved degree grades.  As well as honing research skills, placements lead to increased student self-confidence, better team working and interpersonal skills and can increase chances of winning jobs or PhD studentships after graduation.

This presentation considers the role of the Year in Industry coordinator in the placement process and considers the challenges in finding placements and in preparing students for highly competitive applications.  Also considered are outcomes of past student placements and the surprising findings discovered on company visits about how placement providers choose their students.

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