| Activity name
Conduct and Benefits of Placements
|| Leeds, Newcastle
|| Aims Covered: 2 and 3
|| June 2007 to April 2010
Placements are high up the CS agenda because, inter alia,
- It is widely perceived that students returning from placement do better in their subsequent studies
- Likewise, they are better prepared for the work environment.
- Placements are popular with employers as they provide qualified cheap labour, and short cut the expensive recruitment process
- Placements are popular with students since they provide salary
- Placements are popular with universities as they create and cement links with outside organisations
There is a growing literature of evidence in this area: a short bibliography follows.
- Gomez S, Lush D and Clements M (2004) Work Placements Enhance the
Academic Performance of Bioscience Undergraduates. Journal of
Vocational Education and Training 56(3): 373-385.
- Maillardet F, Ali A and Steadman S (no date) Learning during the first three years of postgraduate employment – the LinEA Project, Interim report for engineering.
- Jaques E (1982) Free Enterprise, Full Employment. Heinemann: London.
- Smith K, Clegg S, Lawrence E and Todd MJ (2007) The challenges of
reflection: students learning from work placements. Innovations in
Education and Teaching International; 44(2): 131-141.
||Quantitative analysis of the value of placements where data allow.
Generation of qualitative data regarding the benefits of placements from staff and students via interviews. This work and the resulting analysis forms the basis of a PhD project.
- Evaluation of student and staff experience of teaching placement
and non-placement students and of the techniques that they have adopted
to encourage placement take up, via direct interaction with
- Ongoing quantitative monitoring.
- Refereed output.
| Expected outcomes
- Well grounded understanding of the merits and
pitfalls of the placement activity for all stakeholders: students,
employers and parent department
- Some understanding of possible extrapolation form CS to other disciplines
- Thereby, “good practice” specifications that may readily be
trialled between partners and within other departments (and
| Expected outputs
Support information on the implementation and support of placement activity
Guidelines for institutions on the implementation and support of placement activity.
Monitored dissemination of good practice.
PhD thesis, and corresponding refereed publication record.
- Vagaries of the student and employer communities may cause demand to oscillate outside our control.
- Fees structures post 08 may cause a step change in behaviour and expectation, invalidating earlier assumptions.