Durham University has invested in the recruitment of Faculty Placement Managers to embed the option and grow the number of students going out on Placement Years as part of their degree programmes. This forms part of Durham University's 2017-2027 strategic aims to increase the number of students working or studying abroad (25%+) and for the vast majority (75%+) of undergraduate students to have completed some form of work experience before they graduate.
In an increasingly competitive graduate job market, employers are eager to see that students have not only achieved a great degree from a renowned university, but have also developed a wide range of skills, which will be beneficial in the workplace.
We are proud to be one of the top universities targeted by employers who provide a variety of placement roles but we are especially keen to develop a programme of exclusive opportunities for our students. This will allow us to not only provide vacancies to our students with less competition but also provide work experience in industries that do not traditionally provide such opportunities including charities, creative, cultural and heritage organisations.
Benefits of employing a Placement Year student?
We're asking our alumni and supporter community if they can help us provide placement roles and work experience to current students. In an increasingly competitive graduate job market, employers are eager to see that students have not only achieved a great degree from a renowned university but have also developed a wide range of skills, which will be beneficial in the workplace. If you could offer a Placement Year to a Durham student, please contact us using the email address at the bottom of this page.
"Hiring a placement student from Durham has been fantastic. The Durham Careers and
Placements team are always so friendly and supportive too. We’ll definitely be working with
them in the future."
What makes a suitable Placement?
“Our Durham placement student was well prepared for a business environment on joining
us and as a result very quickly became part of the team and was able to add value through
her energy and desire to achieve results. By the end of her placement she was leading some
substantial projects and was a well-respected member of the team.”
Working with Durham University
“The Durham placement team have always been extremely helpful in ensuring we attract the most appropriate candidates, both in terms of what we and the placement students are looking for out of the program. This has ensured good fits and a beneficial program for all parties involved.”
For more information or if you have any questions, please contact any of our Faculty Placement Managers at: