Placements - Business Process Review

The University has begun a Placements Business Process Review, with support from Southern Universities Management Services (SUMS) Consulting. The aim is to define and agree a common framework for placement provision across the University by September 2012.

The first phase of the review will consider placements which attract a fee of £2,500.

The study year abroad and the programmes with placement fees of £4,500 (BSc Business Administration; BSc Accounting and Finance; BSc International Management & Modern Languages; MChem Chemistry with Industrial Training; MChem Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Industrial Training; MPharmacology) will be considered in a second phase.

The project sponsor is Professor Bernie Morley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching). Professor Morley has set up a project board:

  • Professor Bernie Morley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching), (Chair);
  • Alison Price, Academic Registrar;
  • Ben Smith, Chair of the Placements Tutors’ Forum;
  • Dr Fran Laughton, Chair of the Careers & Employability Subcommittee;
  • Ann-Marie Hartland, Director of Administration, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences;
  • Alex Wright, Associate Dean Learning & Teaching, Faculty of Engineering & Design;
  • Matt Benka, Vice President Education, Students’ Union.

The project board are supported by:

  • Project manager - Dr Harriet Dunbar-Morris, Executive Assistant (Learning & Teaching);
  • Business analyst - Bridget Conneally, Executive Assistant to the Academic Registrar;
  • External project manager/consultant - Simon Donoghue, Lead Consultant, SUMS Consulting.

The review will draw upon the findings of the recent Quality Assurance (QA) Review of Placement Learning carried out by LTEO, work being undertaken in the HE STEM project, and examples of best practice found in departments across the University.

The recommendations of the LTEO QA Review have been communicated to Faculties/School for implementation and will not be revisited in this review.

Work began in earnest on Tuesday 31 January with a placements workshop attended by Faculty/School placement teams, Directors of Studies and relevant staff from across the University (Students’ Union, Careers Advisory Service, Alumni, Learning & Teaching Enhancement Office).

There will be three further workshops over the course of the next three months which will enable an examination and appraisal of placement processes, with a view to defining a framework that is simple, consistent, efficient and focused on student value.

Colleagues wishing to input to the project are asked to contact Dr Harriet Dunbar-Morris.

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