Student talent can be a real asset to a business. Students have higher skills, fresh thinking, huge potential and are keen to build experience and connections. If you are not yet ready to invest in an intern or long-term placement, there are still various ways you can tap into our student talent pool.

Work experience 

Taking on a work experience student is a good way to get extra, short-term support into your business. Students could solve a small problem, tackle low priority but impactful jobs or undertake research using their specialist skills and knowledge. There is no cost to you and your admin will be minimal.

Contact our Employer and Community Engagement team to find out more.

Student projects

Give us a real business problem and we can challenge either a group of students or an individual to come up with solutions, while being overseen by a tutor. These are sometimes called live briefs or real-world projects. There's no cost to you to take part — just your time.

We greatly appreciate the support of local employers in offering these opportunities. They are invaluable to our students, developing not only their practical, subject-specific skills but also their employability skills and awareness of the rigours of the world of work. That's why we insist that second-year students undertake at least 30 hours of work experience linked to their course, made up of either a placement or an employer project.


If you are a registered charity or a not-for-profit organisation, we could help you find student or graduate volunteers.

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Contact us

To find out more about hosting a work experience placement or setting a student project, please contact our Employer and Community Engagement team.