The University of Bath runs one of the largest and most established university placement schemes in the UK thanks to our close links with business, research institutes, the professions and the voluntary sector. We are widely recognised across all sectors for our high standards, strong reputation and commitment to placements meaning companies return every year for our high calibre students and the service we offer. From our diverse talent pool of around 15,000 students, our dedicated Placement Teams will provide you with the right student to suit your business needs; whether your organisation is a small business or a large international corporation.

Benefits of hiring a placement student

Add value and gain a new perspective

A carefully chosen placement student will bring their motivation, a fresh perspective as well as their up-to-date theoretical and specialised knowledge suitable for your organisation. They can make valuable contributions, add real business value and provide new insight and ideas to their employers' products and processes.

Recruit staff

Hiring new staff can be a difficult and expensive process so more and more employers are now recruiting predominantly from their placement pool to increase the chances of obtaining a successful long-term graduate recruit; therefore placements are a cost-effective way of successfully identifying and assessing committed students for future graduate employment and the students are often keen to join their placement employer after graduation. They can also be invaluable for providing help for specialist or one-off projects, or to fill a temporary skills gap without long-term commitment.

Develop your employees

Your current staff can gain valuable supervisory or mentoring experience by working with our placement students. Taking on new placement students can rejuvenate the atmosphere in the workplace.

Build networks

Developing links with the University may lead to joint research or other collaborative ventures. Build partnerships and networks through our diverse talent pool of students.

Recruiting students

All our academic departments run courses which include the opportunity for students to carry out a work placement as an integral part of their course. The timing for placements varies between courses. However, in most cases recruitment starts in October, with placements starting from June onwards and typically lasting about 12 months. Our individual faculties have further information about recruiting placement students: