Faculty of Social Sciences

Widening Participation Placement Programme

The Faculty of Social Sciences offers a range of paid placements exclusively to students who are underrepresented in higher education. Our dedicated teams are committed to not only increasing accessibility to higher education for students from widening participation backgrounds, but also to ensure these students get exclusive support and career related opportunities once they are enrolled. 

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Students from underrepresented backgrounds in higher education can fully access the opportunities available to all students and therefore improve social mobility. Students are offered three week-long paid placement opportunities to support them in gaining practical experience to support their future career development.

Please note: Applications for the 2022 programme have now closed, and the scheme will reopen for applications for the next programme in early spring 2023.

To be able to apply for an internship you must be a home fee paying undergraduate student at the University of Nottingham and your most recent school / college must be a state school. And meet one of the criteria listed below:

  • You must be studying in your first or second year undergraduate
  • Are in receipt of a University of Nottingham core bursary or Nottingham Potential bursary  
  • Have a declared disability (If you haven't declared a disability to the university, please contact internships@nottingham.ac.uk)
  • The home address used on your UCAS application is in an area where people are less likely to go to university – check your postcode
  • You are a mature student (21 or over at the start of your course)  
  • You have spent more than three months in local authority care – in this situation, you do not need to have attended a state school  
  • You are under 25 and estranged from your family  
  • You are a carer   
  • Have refugee status from the Home Office  

I am more confident in my abilities in the workplace and when communicating with myself. I also was able to demonstrate to myself that I can organise and carry out tasks that may seem challenging at first.

Read Megan's full placement experience...
Megan Chance, third year BSc Economics BSc, undertook placement as a Fundraiser at Imara CIO

Example placement opportunities

  • Marketing and Fundraising Assistant for the Rosie May Foundation 
  • Classroom Assistant at Phoenix Aspirational Learning Support 
  • The Ditchley Foundation – bringing together decision-makers across government, finance, technology, academia and civil society to engage in formal conferences and small-scale meetings
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Partner testimonials

Farah worked exceptionally well remotely. She requested for information where needed and used a great degree of professional discretion and independence in her work as the task requires.

Fearless Youth Association

Both interns really shone with their individual strengths during the time they were with us. Work ethic from both was excellent and I had great feedback from the wider team.

Imara CIO

Katie was a proactive, engaging member of our team, was very responsive to activities and grew in confidence. She was a pleasure to deal with and provided some very high quality of work.

Rosie May Foundation

University thanks

We would like to thank Faculty Education Student Experience and Faculty Ops for providing this generous grant to enable these placement opportunities to take place. The comprehensive and overwhelmingly positive impact for both the participating students and the host organisations has been fantastic to see!

Steve Vaccarini and Lois Boyle – Faculty Placements Team

Student testimonials

The programme gave me confidence and independence in a working environment.

Katie Wiseman, third year BA Sociology and Criminology, placement at Rosie May Foundation

I developed a lot whilst working on the programme and gained the confidence to interact with peers and superiors in a professional environment.

Holly Kawuma, third year LLB Law, placement at The Ditchley Foundation

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Imara logo Ditchley logo

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More information

If you are interested in placements and want to know more, email Steve Vaccarini, Faculty Placements Manager at stephen.vaccarini@nottingham.ac.uk

For general career advice visit the university’s Careers and Employability Service website.


Faculty of Social Sciences

University of Nottingham
University Park

telephone: +44 (0)115 823 2356