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Sandwich Year Placements Within
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Placements Within Computing
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Why I’m Interested
In Placements
Thomas Lancaster
Senio...
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The Research Project
15 month project (January 2012 to ...
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The Big Questions
Why aren’t all Computing students und...
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The Research
Agreement
1. A Literature Review, identify...
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Research Challenges
Getting a viable and correct databa...
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The Focus Today
Selected highlights from the research
K...
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Key Survey Research Findings
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Survey Participation
In Scope HEIs Response
# % # %
Un...
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Top Reasons Why
Students Don’t Complete
A Placement
1 ...
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Top HEI Resource Types
Made Available To
Students
1 – ...
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Top Activities Undertaken By
Students Returning From
P...
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Top Alternatives
Offered To
Placements
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Key Focus Group Research
Findings
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Focus Group
Participation
Focus Groups
Universities 9
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Numeric Findings
5% of 617 students in 2011-12 (across...
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The 80% Rule
Study at one of the HEIs (5 years ago)
80...
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Common Challenges
General decline in students undertak...
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External Employer
Developments
Placement opportunities...
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What Are The Focus
Group HEIs Working On?
HEIs are loo...
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Good Practice
HEIs are offering internal placement
opp...
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Future Developments
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Recommendations
Continue to present the benefits of pl...
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Key Research
Opportunities
Strategies for getting both...
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Workshop Initiatives
Success observed from ensuring th...
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For More Information
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Resources Related
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HEA Computing Wo...
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Sandwich Year Placements Within The Computing Industry: Issues And Solutions - Embracing Employability Through Placements In Higher Education Conference - University Of Huddersfield - 09/09/13

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Sandwich Year Placements Within The Computing Industry: Issues And Solutions - Embracing Employability Through Placements In Higher Education Conference - University Of Huddersfield - 09/09/13

  1. 1. 1@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk Sandwich Year Placements Within The Computing Discipline: Issues And Solutions Embracing Employability Through Placements In Higher Education Conference Thomas Lancaster Tuesday, 9 July 2013
  2. 2. 2@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk Placements Within Computing
  3. 3. 3@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk Why I’m Interested In Placements Thomas Lancaster Senior Lecturer in Computing at Birmingham City University Programme Leader BSc Computer Science Teach Professional Skills (including Employability and Placement Skills) Visit and Assess Placement Students Develop and Deliver HEA Workshops Related To Social Media and Employability
  4. 4. 4@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk The Research Project 15 month project (January 2012 to March 2013) funded by a Higher Education Academy Teaching Development Grant “Improving Industrial Sandwich Year Placements For Computing Students” Supported by two Research Associates Kawal Banga and Nzinga Deenah Kawal conducted most of the primary research – and some of the content of this session is reproduced from his slides
  5. 5. 5@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk The Big Questions Why aren’t all Computing students undertaking a Sandwich Year Placement? How do placements within the Computing discipline compares with other subjects? What initiatives and best practice can we identify from Computing that will assist the rest of the sector?
  6. 6. 6@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk The Research Agreement 1. A Literature Review, identifying current practice within Computing Placements 2. A survey, aimed at all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the UK providing three year undergraduate degrees in Computing subjects 3. Focus groups held with students and staff at 10 representative UK Computing schools 4. Collation of learning resources available from around the sector
  7. 7. 7@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk Research Challenges Getting a viable and correct database of HEI contacts The end results saw 116 HEIs identified Gaining participation in the survey and for holding the focus groups Getting HEIs to share their learning resources to make them available across the sector This challenge was not really overcome
  8. 8. 8@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk The Focus Today Selected highlights from the research Key numbers and examples from the Survey, Focus Groups and Research Workshops The usefulness is on sharing the knowledge of what is happening across the sector (good and bad) and applying this on a local level
  9. 9. 9@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk Key Survey Research Findings
  10. 10. 10@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk Survey Participation In Scope HEIs Response # % # % Universities 107 92% 73 68% Colleges 9 8% 3 33% Wales 10 9% 8 80% Scotland 13 11% 10 77% NI 2 2% 1 50% England 91 78% 57 63% 12 Month Sandwich 79 68% 56 71% Other 37 32% 20 54% Total 116 100% 76 66%
  11. 11. 11@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk Top Reasons Why Students Don’t Complete A Placement 1 – Lack of motivation or commitment to take a year out (23%) 2 – Lack of communication and employability skills and not prepared to apply (21%) 3 - Lack of confidence to apply and fear of rejection (21%) 4 – Too time consuming to apply (20%) 5 - Lack of suitable placements (20%)
  12. 12. 12@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk Top HEI Resource Types Made Available To Students 1 – Application and CV Advice (100%) 2 – Presentations from employers (95%) 3 – Interview techniques training (93%) 4 – Student placement handbook (88%) =5 – Student placement web portal (71%) =5 – Work skills workshop (71%)
  13. 13. 13@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk Top Activities Undertaken By Students Returning From Placements 1 – Presentations for prospective placement students (89%) 2 – Peer mentoring to students going out on placement (14%) =3 – Peer mentoring to students who have recently started their placement (4%) =3 – Present about placements at Open Days (4%)
  14. 14. 14@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk Top Alternatives Offered To Placements 1 – Guest speakers from industry (90%) 2 – Summer vacation working (75%) 3 – Networking events with employers (70%) 4 – Employer led projects (60%) =5 – Short-term work experience of 1 to 4 weeks (50%) =5 – Entrepreneurial activities, e.g. working for student led commercial companies (50%) Note – This question was only asked to 20 HEIs not offering 12 month placements
  15. 15. 15@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk Key Focus Group Research Findings
  16. 16. 16@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk Focus Group Participation Focus Groups Universities 9 Colleges 1 Wales 2 Scotland 1 NI 1 England 6 12 Month Sandwich 9 Other 1 Total 10
  17. 17. 17@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk Numeric Findings 5% of 617 students in 2011-12 (across the 10 focus group HEIs) were on unpaid placements 4 out of 10 HEIs used credit bearing placements (the credits were substitutable for other modules) 1 did not use a credit bearing placement, but did provide successful students with a diploma in professional practice
  18. 18. 18@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk The 80% Rule Study at one of the HEIs (5 years ago) 80% of students who had done a placement ended up in a job related to their degree 80% of students who had not done a placement ended up in a job unrelated to their degree
  19. 19. 19@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk Common Challenges General decline in students undertaking placements HEI Placement services under threat from centralisation For the HEIs managing to grow their placements, number of visits per student is decreasing Need to look at alternatives, such as Skype ‘visits’, or Student Partner visits
  20. 20. 20@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk External Employer Developments Placement opportunities are reducing due to companies outsourcing aspects of their services Where companies are offering placements, an increasing number of them are using the placement as part of their graduate recruitment process
  21. 21. 21@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk What Are The Focus Group HEIs Working On? HEIs are looking for ways to support students undertaking entrepreneurial activity as their placement year HEIs are considering allowing accumulated time to count as a placement year They are aiming to increase uptake of summer internships for work experience HEIs are expanding placements to MSc degree students
  22. 22. 22@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk Good Practice HEIs are offering internal placement opportunities Including setting up Student Run Companies (Software Houses, Consultancy) to provide work experience HEIs are making more placement opportunities available overseas, for instance through Erasmus HEIs are providing placement opportunities to international students
  23. 23. 23@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk Future Developments
  24. 24. 24@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk Recommendations Continue to present the benefits of placements to students HEIs need to directly capture, collect and analyse data relating to their own placements Make placements credit bearing, or offer a suitable incentive for participation Make the cost of a placement year transparent to students Use Peer Mentoring and Peer Support more within the end-to-end placement process
  25. 25. 25@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk Key Research Opportunities Strategies for getting both students and employers motivated and interested in placements Alternatives to placements and measuring their success Cultural issues towards placement participation Assessment and accreditation of placements Social media use throughout the placement process Activities carried out by students returning from placements
  26. 26. 26@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk Workshop Initiatives Success observed from ensuring that all staff push placements within their own teaching Students explicitly told when taking tasks to place on their CV Record keeping of students seeking employability support Those not seeking support contacted directly More flexible career support services One university doubled the take up of its services by offering electronic CV checking Present degrees with a placement as a premium product
  27. 27. 27@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk For More Information
  28. 28. 28@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk Resources Related To Research Project HEA Computing Workshops “Improving Computing Sandwich Year Placements Workshop” http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2013/07_March_Computing- Bham-City “Improving Computing Sandwich Year Placements For Scottish HEIs Workshop” http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2013/02-May-Computing- RGordon Other External Sessions HEA STEM Conference 2013 (Two Papers and Talks) Various Research Seminars Delivered During Focus Group Sessions
  29. 29. 29@DrLancaster slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster ThomasLancaster.co.uk Contact Details Thomas Lancaster: http://thomaslancaster.co.uk thomas.lancaster@bcu.ac.uk Or Tweet Me: @DrLancaster Slides Available At: http://slideshare.net/ThomasLancaster

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