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Placements and the University

This area of research examines placements organised in the Higher Educational sector for the benefit of students aiming to get a 'taste' of a possible career, through doing a placement while at university.

Employer and University Engagement in the Use and Development of Graduate Level Skills
Department for Education and Skills (DfES) study - interface between Higher Education Institutions and Employers. Findings include that employers greatly value work placement and sandwich elements in higher education courses.
T. Hogarth, M. Winterbotham, C. Hasluck, K. Carter, W.W. Daniel, A.E. Green and J. Morrison. 2007.
http://www.dfes.gov.uk/research/data/uploadfiles/RR835B.pdf

The Impact of Sandwich Education on the Activities of Graduates Six Months Post Graduation
Findings broken down by subject. Across the spectrum, almost 10% of Social Science graduates were unemployed after six months, but those having taken work experience were less likely to be unemployed. In politics, a 'thin' sandwich placement is better in terms of employability after six months than 'thick' placements, which is actually worse than no placement. Placements seem to make graduates less likely to take further education.
Bowleys, L. and Harvey, L. 1999.
http://www.prospects.ac.uk/downloads/documents/Work%20experience/
Publications/The%20Impact%20of%20Sandwich%20Education%20on%20
the%20activities%20of%20graduates%206%20months%20after.pdf

Next Choices: Career Choices Beyond University
Department for Education and Skills (DfES) report on experience of ex-students re: relevance of studies to work. This highlights importance of work experience in informed career choices, especially for those from non-traditional (academic) backgrounds and least socially mobile.
E. Pollard, R. Pearson, and R. Wilson 2004.
http://www.dfes.gov.uk/research/data/uploadfiles/RBX04-04.pdf

Work Experience: Expanding Opportunities for Undergraduates
Wide ranging guide of how to maximise benefits of work experience for students, employers, and staff. Emphasises role of reflection and oversight.
Harvey, L., Geall, V. and Moon, S. 1998.
http://www0.uce.ac.uk/crq/publications/we/wecon.html

Nature and Extent of Undergraduates' work Experience
Overview of undergraduate involvement in all types of 'work experience', from integrated sandwich placements, to ad-hoc paid work. Interestingly - a light take up of placement programs such as FTDL5 is ascribed to lack of student interest - it is suggested that more should be done to inform them of the benefits.
Little, B., Moon, S., Pierce, D., Harvey, L., and Marlow-Hayne, N. 2001.
http://www.asetonline.org/PDFs/Nature%20and%20Extent%20of%20Work%20Experience.pdf