The University of Suffolk provides a wide variety of opportunities for organisations to connect with our fantastic students and graduates. The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Team play a key part in this, and can support your business in a variety of ways.
To get in touch, email us on email@example.com or contact us on 01473 338840.
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The team are part of the Business Engagement, Careers and Employability (BECE) Directorate, and accessing our student and graduate talent is just one way we can support you as the University of Suffolk. There are many other opportunities to work with the wider University to the advantage of your business, from meeting room hire and CPD/short courses, through to consultancy and collaborative research, plus much more in between. To explore the possibilities, please visit Working with Business, or contact the team via one of the listed channels.
Our free to use job board is hosted within our FutureMe career development hub, a one-stop shop accessible to all students and graduates at the University of Suffolk. Creating an account is a quick and easy process, and allows you to upload opportunities throughout the year. Roles that can be advertised included part-time/casual work, paid internships, volunteering opportunities, paid placement years, and graduate positions.
To register your organisation, and start promoting your opportunities, please visit the Employer Terms and Conditions, and then create an account.
If you are an existing user, you can log-in here.
We know that work experience is an essential part of the University journey, and paid internships can provide a fantastic source of expertise into your business. At different points in the year, funding can be available for some organisations to access, supporting them in the costs associated with paying an intern. You can find out more here about current funding available to organisations.
We know that internships may be new to many employers, so we are here to help you think about how they may work within your organisation. Please get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be very happy to help.
Most courses offer students the opportunity to pursue a work placement through a variety of formats. Placement lengths and requirements vary from 100 hours to a 1-year sandwich placement across Schools and courses. If you’d like to explore the possibilities, please contact us on email@example.com and we will connect you with the correct individual to explore this further.
Students on the following courses are currently able to undertake a sandwich placement (between their 2nd and final year):
- BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences
- BA (Hons) Business Management
- BSc (Hons) Computing
- BSc (Hons) Criminology
- BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology
- BA (Hons) English
- BA (Hons) Event and Marketing Management
- BA (Hons) Event and Tourism Management
- BA (Hons) Games Design
- BSc (Hons) Games Programming
- LLB (Hons) Law
- LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology
- LLB (Hons) Law with Politics
- BA (Hons) Marketing Management
- BA (Hons) Politics
- BA (Hons) Politics and History
- BA (Hons) Politics and Sociology
- BSc (Hons) Psychology
- BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology
- BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology
- BSc (Hons) Sociology
- BSc (Hons) Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation Science
Please note that this information is up to date at point of publication, but changes can occur. For the most up to date information on the courses that we offer, and which provide students with sandwich placement options, please visit the Definitive Course Record (DCR).
If you would like to find out more about courses that provide shorter placements, please email the Careers team and we will be very happy to discuss this in further detail.
A wide selection of activities and events are held throughout the year to enable you to connect with students. During 2020-21 academic year, we held the My Future Festival, hosted online and face to face in response to the rapidly changing restrictions we were faced with at that time. Organisations and alumni covered lots of different topics to help attendees explore different routes into a sector or industry, provide insights into available opportunities, and inspire their future career plans. However, for 2022-23, we're really excited to be relaunching our face to face events, offering these alongside online webinars and workshops, ensuring that we maintain the accessibility that hybrid delivery offers to students and employers alike.
Bookings for our 2022-23 events are now being taken:
- Graduate Jobs Marketplace - Tuesday 14 March 2023 on the Ipswich campus
- Part-Time Jobs and Work Experience Marketplace - Thursday 16 March 2023 on the Ipswich campus
- Your Future Weekly Webinar Series - held online via our Brightspace platform.
To find out if spaces are still available and secure your spot, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Spaces are rapidly filling up, so don't miss out!
In addition to the confirmed events above, there are many options for organisations to consider, and we are keen to maintain the flexible delivery modes developed in response to our recent pandemic experience. We have included a few suggestions below, but are always open to new ideas and opportunities:
- Hold a workshop or webinar to provide insights into your organisation, and inspire our students to consider your organisation as an employer of choice.
- Run an interactive session focusing on a particular topic, skill or area – this could be anything from team working skills or resilience, to providing CV, LinkedIn and/or interview insights and tips, or even a mock assessment centre.
- Offer 1:1 bookable slots for students to speak directly to you and your team about your organisation, opportunities, and how they can stand out from the crowd.
- Have a face-to-face presence on campus in Ipswich to speak directly to students and the University community, either as part of a Careers Fair/Marketplace or a one-off during the year.
- Record an insight into your organisation, roles and/or sector that can be uploaded to our virtual Careers space for students to access over the coming months.
- Provide lunch as part of a lunchtime meet and greet.
To discuss the options in more detail, please get in touch with us via email@example.com or 01473 338840 so we can explore this further.
Employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship are embedded throughout University of Suffolk degrees. Many courses will bring in a variety of guest speakers and organisations to engage creatively with their students, perhaps by offering visits or setting live briefs that enable students to apply their theoretical learning to practical scenarios. Opportunities change year on year as we continually develop, so please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss in further detail.
A full list of current courses offered by the University of Suffolk can be found on our Definitive Course Record (DCR).
What is Build Your Future?
Build Your Future is the University of Suffolk’s new scheme providing enhanced Careers, Employability and Enterprise support for students who are underrepresented in Higher Education. This includes students with disabilities, students from certain Global Majority backgrounds, students from areas of low higher education participation or low socioeconomic status, care experienced students and mature students. The aim of the scheme is to support these students to enhance their employability and future career development by providing tailored support and access to opportunities that they may previously not have had the means or confidence to participate in.
How can you get involved?
As part of the scheme, we are really keen to partner with local employers to enhance our programme of support. Many of the students joining the scheme won’t have had the opportunity to experience different work environments through employer visits, work placements, volunteering or work shadowing, for example. Consequently, they will have less insight and less confidence when facing the transition into future employment. Our aim is to offer a range of supported opportunities to help address these barriers.
Employers can support the scheme in a variety of ways, such as hosting visits to their place of work, delivering talks about their organisation/sector or supporting sessions on workplace skills. We are very much open to suggestions on how we can work together to develop a skilled and confident workforce. There is no financial commitment and the amount of time you can offer is completely flexible.
If you are interested in becoming a partner in this scheme or would like to find out more, please contact the Careers, Employability and Enterprise team:
+44 (0)1473 338840