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Your employability and volunteering

Page last updated: 30 April 2021

Our research has shown the impact work and volunteering experience can have on your outcomes when you graduate.

That’s why we want to make sure you get the right work placement or volunteering experience for your NTU journey and our Employability and Volunteering teams will help you.

Paul Rattigan

This is Paul, he did his placement at one of the UK's largest independent building and project consultancies Paragon, London.

Paul told us "undertaking this placement was definitely the right choice for me, it means I’m now positive this is the route I want to take and I can’t wait to progress with my career once I’ve graduated."

Read Paul's profile to find out why his placement was so valuable.


Our Employability team remains on hand to support you with virtual job fairs, online workshops, employer sessions and LiveChats. Plus, we have it covered when it comes to helping you secure a placement or work experience you need to succeed. Improve your applications and CV, gain valuable interview practice and find specific roles with employers looking to recruit NTU students.

For our postgraduate students, we have dedicated resources, advice, support and contacts to help you progress along your career path, including a new ‘Making the Most of Postgraduate Study’ e-learning activity and dedicated advisers for each School.

Our students can make the most of:

  • live online practical workshops
  • employer sessions (all of which will be available as ‘catch up’ recordings)
  • virtual jobs fairs
  • bite-sized e-learning activities and tutorials.

You can use these activities to gain points towards your Employability Awards. Our activities and jobs fairs will be delivered online and on campus, as and when is safe to do so, depending on government guidelines.

Placement frequently asked questions

  • I’d found a placement position but now I’ve been told that it’s on hold / cancelled – what should I do?

    If you are worried at all about your placement opportunity, get in touch via Live Chat, or email your placement inbox so we can discuss your concerns. Remember to also regularly keep in touch with your placement provider to ensure you know the latest about your placement.

  • Should I still be looking for a placement?

    It's an unusual time, with obvious consequences for local and national businesses. We're still encouraging you to apply for placements, however. You might need to be a little more flexible in terms of what you apply for - and whilst you may not secure your ideal placement, the industry experience you'll get remains invaluable. Read more placements recruitment advice.

    If you're unsure about a particular opportunity, get in touch via Live Chat, or email your placement inbox so we can discuss your concerns.

  • Are employers still looking for placement students?

    Some employers are still looking for placement students - remember to check our placement page for our current placement advice.

    We're staying in close contact with our placement providers and assessing their needs for placement students this year. As opportunities are confirmed we'll enter these on to InPlace - our online hub.

    Remember to check placement job sites such as ratemyplacement regularly, as they'll also be uploading opportunities for you to apply to.


We are proud of the fact that last year our students dedicated 60,000 hours of time to volunteering; helping Nottingham charities deliver their inspirational work and supporting national and international voluntary groups. Thank you for wanting to give something back – either to our city or a cause that is important to you. Our Volunteering team is here to help you help others at a time when community spirit is more important than ever.

For those with a passion for sport and volunteering, our NTU sports volunteering programme is available.

Keeping safe

To learn more about the support available to all NTU students please visit our StudentHub.

If you’ve got a question or concern about being on campus please email Alternatively, please call +44 (0)115 848 6060 and select option 1. This line is open Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 5 pm excluding bank holidays.

Help keep yourself, your friends and your local community safe by following Government guidelines on self-isolating, social distancing, hand washing, wearing face coverings (in shops, public transport and on campus) and limiting the number of people you have contact with at any one time.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418