An investigation into the impact of placement length and type on student outcomes

This research project looks at the impacts of placement length on student success, particularly focusing on widening participation students.

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  • Aim

    The aims of the research are to better understand

    • work-related learning practice at NTU;
    • what placement features best support student outcomes;
    • what types of students are least likely to engage in placements;
    • rationales for not participating in placements; and
    • what placement types are correlated with positive student outcomes.

  • What it is

    We are conducting a three phased research project in collaboration with Employability. The findings will help us make decisions to better support students to improve their employability while at NTU. We are talking with Employability staff, placement students and students who will not be engaging with placements while at university. We are using data to help understand who is likely to participate in placements and what types of placements best support student outcomes.

  • Why

    As part of new strategy “University, reimagined” we are creating opportunity for students and the student experience above and beyond expectations. This research will support strategic decision-making to enable us to ensure all students can seek to create meaning and purpose in their lives.

  • Findings

    Full findings for the project are due in the academic year 2019/20.

  • Preliminary Report

    A preliminary report detailing the academic year 18/19 findings can be found here.

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