Work placements

The Partnerships and Placements Team is here to support you with work placements, and provide the link between the host, the student and your course tutors.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the content and nature of placements may have to change. This will be done in discussion with placement providers.

Gaining key employability skills through your work placements

A work placement offers you the opportunity of applying subject specific theoretical knowledge to a real life situation. It also provides you with crucial employability skills and personal attributes that employers are looking for.


There are numerous benefits of a work placement to enhance your employability skills such as:

  • providing a different perspective and a context for academic learning, an opportunity to put theory into practice,
  • co-operating with colleagues; making critical decisions and solving problems,
  • gaining confidence and awareness in your transferable skills for graduate employment,
  • helping you work on a whole range of employment skills, from learning about and adapting to workplace culture to time management and teamwork,
  • offering you the opportunity to network and create connections between your study and your personal development,
  • helping you develop your chosen career by giving you a chance to see how different departments work and connect.


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Student testimonials

“Placement provided a huge insight into the working world, particularly in an office environment. It allowed me to see first hand how crucial and effective teamwork and communication is... It has taught me the importance of working on my own initiative within a team”

Criminology Placement Student, 2020.

“A thoroughly enjoyable work placement, very relevant to criminological studies and lots to learn and take part in, would recommend to any student.”

Criminology Placement Student, 2020.

“During my placement I was able to shadow different people which allowed me to gain an overall understanding of the roles and responsibilities within the organisation... a variety of workloads expanded my abilities and capabilities for future job opportunities.”

Criminology Placement Student, 2020.

Contact us

To find out more, please contact the Placements team.