The University of York is committed to an ambitious strategy that includes a strong emphasis on enhancing our students' employability in measurable terms. We want all our students to leave York equipped to make their mark on society and for the University to be recognised nationally and internationally as a seedbed for talented graduates offering a valuable contribution to the world. As such, the University has a strategic priority to give students opportunities to gain experience, working or volunteering, that will prepare them better for employment or further study.
The Department of Biology is now seeking to build on its established profile of interaction with nationally and internationally recognised organisations by developing multiple opportunities for its students, in all years of study, to gain meaningful work experience or internships. This will include the opportunity for students to undertake a year in industry in the UK or internationally. This post will be embedded in the Department of Biology, but will be line managed by the University Careers Service.
The Placements Co-ordinator is an externally facing role responsible for supporting the Department’s Year In Industry Programme. This role will act as a catalyst in reaching out to, and working with academics, students and host organisations, including major employers. The purpose is to identify appropriate potential opportunities, support students to successfully compete for these opportunities and ensuring that their experience is developmental. The remit includes UG and PG work-related or work-based placements, but also potentially summer internships, year-long placements, Year in Industry Programme and curriculum projects for both new and existing programmes. In addition the role will deliver and expand on the Department’s Year in Europe and Year Abroad initiatives with the aim to meet University objectives of increasing international mobility for current undergraduate students. The role holder will be the main contact for incoming and visiting students and liaise with colleagues in the central Careers Service and in the Centre for Global Programmes. The success of the role will be measured by the eventual employability outcomes of the Department’s graduates, as well as the number of opportunities promoted and successfully completed by York students.
The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.
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