Placement celebrations and successes
The University welcomed back over 500 students who undertook a placement year in the past 12 months with an evening of celebrations and awards at the Careers Centre.
Awards were given for Placement Student of the Year (sponsored by PwC) and Placement Year Image (sponsored by Sensio Lighting).
Celebrations were in order for the staff in the Employability Suite in the Faculty of Engineering which has gone from strength to strength over the past 12 months. The Employability team welcomed the success of students at the first Placement Awards ceremony, where students were recognised for their outstanding achievements, nominated by their employers. Georgia Hopkin (Computing) received the award for Outstanding Performance on Placement for her year at IBM, while certificates of achievement went to Chris Mould (Chemical and Process Engineering) for his placement at Sellafield and Mazvydas Narvidas (Electrical Engineering) for his work with National Instruments.
In the past 12 months, the Employability team has sent over 100 students on industrial placement with companies such as Williams F1, Microsoft, Airbus and TATA - more than double the number in the previous year. The future looks even brighter as over 80% of first years expressed an interest in securing a placement.