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- University of the Year for Graduate Employment 2017
- 94% of graduates secured work or further study within six months of graduation
Our teaching and learning strives to make our students ready for industry. It’s why the university has been named University of the Year for Graduate Employment 2017 and is regularly rated as one of the top universities for graduate recruitment by High Fliers research.
Year in industry placements are usually undertaken in the UK, but can be anywhere in the world in companies from major global organisations to smaller consultancies and technology specialists. Students registered on the BEng programme understake their year in industry between years two and three of the taught course while MEng students usually do their placements between years three and four.
During a year in industry placement, students are classed as employees of the host company, and receive a salary. There is a nominal fee for the placement year and students remain fully registered with the University during this time.
Our dedicated Industrial Placement Team works closely with the Careers and Employability Service to support you in finding the right placement. Companies that our students have previously undertaken placements with include: Caunton Engineering, Royal Haskoning, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine and Taylor Woodrow.
The benefits of a year in industry are well recognised, and as such our degrees with an industrial year are very popular. Likewise, securing a year in industry placement is a highly competitive process, and students are responsible for submitting their own applications, which may include attendance at interviews and assessment centres. We therefore expect students to commit additional time over and above their academic studies to this process.
In return, we offer a tailored programme of support to all our year in industry students so that they can prepare the strongest possible placement applications. Students on degrees with an industrial year attend dedicated workshops where they will identify their areas of interest and learn how to showcase their skills and experience. We hold CV-writing and mock interview sessions, with input from practising engineers and recruiters, to help students prepare for this next vital step on the career ladder. We also arrange for companies from a range of industry sectors to visit us on campus and give presentations on the range of placement opportunties available.
The support continues while on placement. Students are allocated an industrial tutor who will visit them in the workplace at least once and is always available should issues arise. Industrial tutors keep students up to date with departmental information so that they do not miss out whilst on placement.
In addition, we encourage our year in industry students at all stages of their degree to participate in mentoring and peer networking activities, which help to manage the transition from campus to workplace and back again.
Grace Pownall, undergraduate studying civil engineering student at The University of Nottingham, discusses her summer placement and the experience she has gained from the university having such strong links with industry.
* Percentage taken from the Key Information Set (KIS) for the MEng civil engineering course. KIS is an official overview of comparable information on higher education courses for prospective students based on the National Student Survey.