Faculty of Social Sciences

Exclusive Summer Placements Programme for widening participation students

From mid-June 2021 the Faculty of Social Sciences will be offering a paid placement programme exclusively to undergraduate students from widening participation backgrounds.

Hosts that have signed up to partnering with the Faculty to provide the placements include local government, think tanks and advocacy groups as well as Nottinghamshire community organisations and charities.

The placement opportunities will be launched to  students on Monday 12 April, alongside a range of Careers and Employability Service applications support such as one-to-one career guidance sessions with a trained career counsellor, CV and covering letter advice, interview preparation support, and  comprehensive advice for all interns on how to  get the greatest benefit and personal-development from their placement. 

Professor Todd Landman the Faculty Pro-Vice Chancellor noted:

"The Faculty is particularly pleased to make these opportunities widely available to all students, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances, thus allowing them to complement their formal learning experiences with practical and applied experiential learning in ways that will bring long term benefit to their career development. Our approach to placements is in line with our University Strategy, its commitment to widening participation, and its larger commitment to education as a public good."

These internships are exclusively for students from the priority groups listed below to enjoy. This is to ensure that students from backgrounds underrepresented in Higher Education can fully access the opportunities available to all students and to improve social mobility.

To be able to apply, applicants must be a home fee paying student at the University of Nottingham, want to gain practical experience to support future career development, and meet one or more of the criteria below:

  • Be a second year undergraduate student during academic year 2021/22
  • Are in receipt of a University of Nottingham core bursary 
  • Have a declared disability 
  • The home address used on your UCAS application is in a neighbourhood where participation in Higher Education is low (This can be checked on POLAR 4 where you must be in Quintile 1 or 2)
  • Are a mature student (21 or over at the start of your course) 
  • Have spent more than three months in local authority care – in this situation, you do not need to have attended a state school
  • Are under 25 and estranged from your family 
  • Are a carer  
  • Have refugee status from the Home Office 

If you are a second year undergraduate who meets this criteria and are interested in applying – please visit this Moodle page from Monday 12 April when the programme goes live.

Posted on Wednesday 31st March 2021

Faculty of Social Sciences

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