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.

To qualify, students need to confirm that they are a home fee paying undergraduate student at the University of Nottingham and meet one of the criteria listed below:

  • Be a second year undergraduate student
  • Are in receipt of a University of Nottingham core bursary
  • Have a declared disability
  • The home address used on 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 one or two)
  • 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

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

We hope to repeat the Widening Participation programme for Summer 2022, with the aim of launching opportunities in March/April 2022.

Stay up to date with latest placement news:

Self-enrol onto the Faculty Placements Moodle Page

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