The SAMIS-based system identifies and maintains the location of all our undergraduate students in the UK and overseas during their professional placement and/or study abroad by bringing together data from all the Faculties, the School and the International Mobility Office.

The system will enable the placement and the international mobility teams to monitor student wellbeing during the placement or exchange, as well as support Tier 4 visa monitoring requirements alongside fees and funding information for HESA reporting.

In addition, PIMS will provide in-depth management information on placements, study abroad and organisational relationships, often seen by students and employers as one of the key differentiators of the University’s undergraduate courses.

The PIMS project forms part of the University’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system development, which includes the Corporate Engagement database. Further updates will be rolled out throughout the year to incorporate placements, projects and study exchanges for our postgraduate students.

The project has been under development for the past two years and the launch is the culmination of hard work by colleagues across the University.

Ann-Marie Hartland, Director of Administration for HSS and Chair of the Project Steering Group, said: “I'm very proud of the dedication and commitment shown by everyone involved. The project has not only created a system but established a collaborative partnership between staff from across the three Faculties, School and central professional services, which has led to greater sharing of best practice in other areas too.”

Professor Peter Lambert, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) added: ‘I am delighted that the new system is up and running. This will prove invaluable in ensuring more effective support for our students on placement and exchanges. “I am very grateful for the hard work and commitment of everybody involved from across the University and especially to Ann-Marie Hartland who has led the project so successfully.”

For details please contact:

Karen Tawton, Placements Project Manager, or Louise Oliver, Placements & Industrial Engagement Manager, Faculty of Science. Martin Gore, Placements Manager, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Vicky Hill, Placements Manager, Faculty of Engineering and Design. Sanchia Jones, Placements Manager, School of Management. Tracey Stenson-Jukes, International Mobility Manager, International Relations Office Manager.