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Micro-Placements Scheme

Micro-Placements Scheme - Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year have now closed.

Our paid Micro-Placements Scheme is facilitated by the Careers Team and will enable you to take on real responsibility by working on live projects, or with services/facilities delivered within the University. Micro-placements are designed to provide live work experience to develop transferable skills and enhance employability. In turn, micro-placements provide a fantastic opportunity to embed your experiences into University services.

Some micro-placements also offer mentoring throughout the project. Mentoring is designed to provide a dedicated point of contact for ongoing support, guidance and advice. A mentor will usually be a member of staff within the professional or academic placement area. You can indicate whether you would like a mentor on your application form. Mentoring may be more relevant if you have little or no previous work experience. Applications are welcomed from all current students. Please note that currently all available Micro-Placements are located at the Ipswich campus. Applicants must be able to travel to the Ipswich campus.

If you are an international student, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours at maximum per week during term-time and full-time during holiday breaks. If you are unsure please email


Why apply?
  • 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 paid
Make the most of the Micro-Placements experience and get extra recognition?

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.

Employability Skills Student Poster Competition

Find out about our Employability Skills Student Poster Competition - the winner is offered a 30 hour paid Micro-Placement with Student Services.

Placement Posters

Our placement poster gallery to gain an insight into what some of our students achieved in their Micro-placements. (more posters to follow.)