The University should offer more paid placement year opportunities and similar paid project work

Passed: March 2020 (17th)

What do you want? / Why do you want it?

The University often talks about co-creation and the partnership, but does not bring many students into the behind-the-scenes operations. My year in industry was one of several on-campus internships offered, and I ran a project in EPS and Environment investigating and enhancing the PGR experience, an amazing opportunity that had some really positive results and greatly broadened my career prospects. There are so many areas like this where a student would be well-placed to work, for example project work in the Equality Policy Unit, perhaps bringing students in to look at our gender and race pay gaps. I don't think the University is taking advantage of this opportunity to utilise and broaden the skills of their talented cohorts of students while offering paid experiences that will enhance the employability of their graduates.

The University is a huge employer, and it should value its students more as potential employees, often experts in their areas. An example would be to have many more students employed in the communications teams to make sure what the University puts out actually aligns with current student trends and habits.

Students can work in a way that the University often can't as it becomes slow and outdated in its thinking very quickly, with a lack of creativity and insufficient representation in decision-making from student voices and perspectives. It's time "co-creation" actually meant something, and time we fought for student representation and direction in our University beyond unpaid academic rep roles. It would be my aim that these student positions have the ability to impact decision making through the University.

Expires: March 2023 (17th)

Submitted By: Amy Wells

Officer: Union Affairs / Education

Area of Work: Employment

Updates

June 2020: Unfortunately there are no major updates to this work over the summer as a result of lots of LUU staff being furloughed (ongoing), as well as the LUU building and campus being closed. As staff return to work and the new Officer team settle into their roles this will be picked up again.

April 2020: The Political Engagement Team met with the Academic Representation Team to discuss. ART suggest that this has been on the rise in the last few years and originally was mainly in Engineering/STEM courses and people going off site. Will discuss further with the Director of Student Opportunity, and Student Placement Office

March 2020: New Policy