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Work Placements

Are you looking for a cost-effective way to recruit new talent to deliver a measurable impact on your business? 

Work placements allow employers to benefit from our students' up-to-date knowledge and emerging leadership skills, long before they graduate. It is an economical way to employ talent on a short-term basis, enabling the opportunity to delegate specific wish-list projects, or to gain fresh ideas, enthusiasm, intelligence, motivation and commitment.

Every year more than 1200 students go out on placement*.  We offer students the opportunity to take a placement from a wide range of courses across our academic departments. 

The length of the work placement will depend on the course of study and your requirements. Typical placement types include: 

  • Sandwich Year Placements: a full-time placement starting anytime between June and September.
  • Short-term Placements of varying lengths: limited to specified programmes of study.
  • Internships: normally taking place over the summer period commencing in June, lasting for 6-12 weeks.
  •  Work Experience: short-term activities that students can get involved in, including one or two week projects, or a few hours per week for a short period.

We are open to ideas and happy to discuss any suggestions that will help your business whilst providing our students experience. For more information, please view our new Employer Guide to Placements.

Advertising and Recruiting:

We work in partnership with employers to help with their recruitment needs and it is up to you to select the students that you want to work with. However, we can advertise your opportunities directly to relevant groups of students and manage the applications via PlacementsOnline and we can provide first stage screening for shortlisting and help to facilitate the selection process. Our guide, Getting Started, is a quick and easy introduction to using the system. 

Contact us

Tel: 0191 2437496

We recommend that you promote your opportunities to as wide a range of student talent as possible by advertising on the University’s Student and Graduate vacancy advertising system NU TARGETconnect (JobsOnline). 

*This figure excludes practice based placements where the placement element is a professional recognised requirement.


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