School of English

Placement Profiles

How do students benefit from their placements?

Completing a placement allows students to experience the world of work and enhance their CVs by learning news skills and completing a range of projects. 

The School of English encourages students to reflect on their placement experiences and skill development. 

The profiles below show the scope of the placement opportunities available in the school, students' comments and the tasks that they were involved in. 

Students and employers talk about the benefits of the placement scheme which is offered by the School of English for students to gain authentic work experience.



Claire Bicknell, Director


I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome from working with students from the School of English...I wanted to see if an online magazine was a viable addition to the business, from both a marketing and financial perspective.

Emily Harbottle, third year English student
In short it was - the student concerned, devised and designed the magazine, wrote the articles and sold advertising space - bringing in 3% of turnover for the year.  This pilot programme has now allowed me to develop the idea further and is a service we hope to roll out later this year.

Jaya Sharma, third year English student
The student who undertook the work was bright, engaging, enthusiastic, professional and hugely committed to the task - she has a bright future ahead of her and there will be one lucky business who gets to employ her! 


Read Emily's blog about her experience working at Catena


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Marketing, Communications and Recruitment in the School of Medicine

Maria Panteli

I really enjoyed my placement and learnt lots from the variety of tasks I was set. I was impressed with the amount of responsibility I was given as it allowed me to really use my initiative. I’d highly recommend that students apply for the work placements; they are a fantastic way of enhancing existing skills and perfect for learning new ones that can be proudly  displayed on a CV.


Final year undergraduate student, Maria, completed a three-month placement with the Marketing, Communications and Recruitment department working with the School of Medicine. Whilst working with them, she was responsible for:

  • helping to improve the student experience by creating surveys to obtain feedback
  • proofreading and copywriting
  • helped set up the School's first student newsletter

Invest in Nottingham

Emily Voice

Students of English bring adaptable, transferable skills that can be applied perfectly to our marketing activities.

Catherine Appleby
Invest in Nottingham

Emily completed her placement with Invest in Nottingham, the international promotion agency of Nottingham City Council . Whilst working with them as a marketing assistant, she was responsible for:

  • writing press releases
  • engaging with the local business community to conduct telephone interviews
  • producing case studies, based on these interviews
  • developing marketing material

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Marketing, Communications and Recruitment at The University of Nottingham

Michael Jennings

Following my placement, I now have better examples to back up the ‘problem solving skills’ hitherto advertised rather loosely on my CV. However, greater than these skills was the experience itself, which has benefitted me with a sense of the workplace, and also with a wider corporate awareness.


Michael completed a placement with the Marketing, Communications and Recruitment department at the University Of Nottingham during the third year of his degree in the School of English. After completing his placement and his degree, he is now employed in the MCR department, after successfully interviewing for a 12 month role as an assistant.

During his placement, Michael’s tasks included:

  • redesigning the CMS FAQ section of the Web Team site.
  • assisting with webpage design, including a new ‘Digital Team’ page.

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Placement video

Michael and Rebecca share their experience and opinions about placements as part of this undergraduate video

The students bring valuable resources to our team at a time of significant challenge for the higher education sector. They’re also offering new perspectives into issues – a ‘fresh pair of eyes’, so to speak. Part of our remit in Marketing, Communications and Recruitment is to ‘challenge the status quo’ – to look at fresh ways of doing things rather than repeating old actions because we feel comfortable – and School of English students have demonstrated a proven ability to think outside the box and provide interesting solutions to age-old problems!'


Matthew Harrison 
Marketing, Communications and Recruitment


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Rebecca Whalley

My placement has already benefitted me, as I’m now a Corporate Marketing Assistant for The University of Nottingham. I have a job I love and the beginnings of a career that I might not have considered otherwise, plus plenty of valuable experience for any future job applications. I’d recommend the scheme to anyone. 

Like Michael Jennings, Rebecca successfully completed a placement with Marketing, Communications and Recruitment in the final year of her BA Hons English degree. Having graduated in 2013, she is now employed with the Marketing, Communications & Recruitment department as a Corporate Marketing Assistant

During her placement, Rebecca was involved in:

  • proofreading and copywriting.
  • learning about the University’s brand guidelines by updating presentation slides used for school visits.
  • improving and developing her communication skills by reporting results of her work in meetings.

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Heritage Industry

DH Lawrence Heritage Centre

Hannah Whitt 

From giving input in planning the event, and setting up an exhibition, to organising a promotional event and dressing up as a suffragette, the experience was both varied and challenging. […] The placement aided my professional and academic career as well as being valuable on a personal level. It was a fantastic opportunity and I would be sure to recommend placements to any of my peers.


Hannah worked with the D.H Lawrence Heritage centre in Eastwood, helping to organise and promote the centre. She was also involved in the D.H Lawrence festival, which attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Hannah’s tasks included:

  • researching audiences, interest groups and potential participants.
  • assisting at festival events including setting up events and box office duties.

D.H Lawrence Heritage Centre The D.H Lawrence Research Centre

 Hannah discusses her experience at the DH Lawrence Heritage Centre and reflects on the benefits of work-related placements with the School of English.

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Creative Sector

New Perspectives Theatre Company

Emily Heaton

Writing for a particular brief is something I've developed on the placement, but I learned how to write for a particular audience or purpose on my English degree.

Emily worked with New Perspectives Theatre Company, rebranding their Northants Touring Arts scheme. Emily's tasks included:

  • researching, developing and creating a set of brand guidelines (which have now been implemented into the company's Marketing Strategy.)
  • developing a design brief for a selection of print materials.
  • producing an e-newsletter support document to be sent out to promoters highlighting changes to the branding of NTA.
Booklet cover designed by Emily on her placement 
Emily discusses her experience and reflects on the challenges and benefits of her work placement.
Emily understood entirely what we were looking to achieve and used her initiative to make this project her own. Her professionalism, enthusiasm and hard working attitude enabled her to make developments to the Northants Touring Arts Scheme that we may not otherwise have been able to achieve. In essence, the work she has produced has far exceeded our expectations.

Kayleigh Hunt
New Perspectives Theatre Company

New Perspectives Theatre Company

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Our students have also written blogs about their placement experiences:


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