“It’s crazy how much experience you gain in such a short time”
“It gave me experience and I wouldn’t have my job now if it wasn’t for the Micro- Placement scheme”
The Micro-Placement scheme offers paid opportunities that will enable you to take on real responsibility by working on live projects, or with services/facilities delivered within the University.
Please note you can complete only one Micro-Placement in an academic year, but you can apply again the following year.
Some Micro-Placements may be remote.
- You will be a part of a selection process where you will receive constructive feedback.
- You will gain experience that will allow you to stand out in applications.
- You will develop your confidence and resilience.
Applications are currently closed, we hope to reopen from September 2022.
The Micro-Placements are flexible to fit in with your studies. Typically, you will work between 2 and 4 hours a week, for a maximum of 30 hours duration.
These Micro-Placements are open to current University of Suffolk students studying in the following locations: Ipswich, East Coast College, Suffolk New College, and West Suffolk College.
Information on how to apply for a Micro-Placement:
When applications open, read through our flyer (below) then send a CV and cover letter stating why you think you will benefit from a placement. Make sure you tell us about your skills and if you would like a Mentor as part of the placement. Please note you are only able to complete one Micro-Placement in an academic year.
Find out more:
If you have any questions please contact Annabelle Richardson firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also able to offer one student a Micro-Placment as the winner of our Employability Skills Poster Competition. This has closed for 2022, but we'll update this when the next competition opens in the 22-23 academic year.
- Provides real and ‘live’ work experience
- Flexible to fit alongside studies
- Previous work experience is not necessary
- Contribute to developing the student experience
- They are paid
Placements vary, but examples of past work, projects and areas of the University the placements were include:
- Business Development and Knowledge Exchange (BDKE)
- Supporting the Careers Team with their events.
- Projects with the University of Suffolk Sustainability team and the organisations they work with.
- Infographic projects with external organisations and also the University.
- Working as a Diversity Champion.
- Frontline duties with the Infozone Team.
- Supporting the IT Help Desk.
- Summer research opportunities
- Working with the Health and Safety Team
- Working with the Marketing Team - social media and Blogs.
- Working in the Science Labs (ring fenced to Bioscience and Regenerative Medicine students.)
- Working with the Business Engagement Team in the IWIC, attending events and networking with organisations.
- Undertaking roles with Learning Services in the Library.
- Supporting students as a Student Counsellor (open to second and third year Counselling students only.)
- Creating Social Media posts.
- Projects with the Student Union.
Successful candidates who complete their placement hours can also get additional recognition on their Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR) by undertaking these additional optional activities:
· Complete a self-awareness module in FutureMe
· Produce a reflective statement or other artifact, such as vlog, blog or poster
Note: these activities must be completed outside of placement hours.
Towards the end of your placement, the Careers Team will offer a 30-minute careers guidance meeting to reflect on your placement experience, what you have developed, and how the experience can be presented to future employers.