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Placements and Employability

Contact Us
Office: CAA3/04 E-mail. desplacements@hud.ac.uk

Linda Whiteley
Placement Employability Officer
Tel. (01484) 471091
E-mail. l.whiteley@hud.ac.uk

Abigail Stanley
Placement Officer
Tel. (01484) 473518
E-mail. a.r.stanley@hud.ac.uk

Julia Blair
Marketing and Placements Assistant
Tel. (01484) 472357
E-mail. j.blair@hud.ac.uk

Through placements you can receive a real taste of what is on offer in your chosen industry, helping you to confirm your professional intent once you have left the University.

  • We have the 9th highest proportion of sandwich course students in the UK
  • The School has a 95.8% record of graduates going straight to employment and/or further study
  • During 2015/16, 59% of eligible ADA students undertook a placement year. This equates to almost 480 seperate placements
  • 83% of all students who undertook a placement year gained a first class or upper second class degree (from courses that participate in placements).

Many of our students return from their placements with sponsorship for final year projects and in some cases the offer of a permanent job from their host company. This reflects our excellent graduate employability record, which currently stands at 94.1%.

See our world map below to find where ADA students have recently undertaken placements.

Students with a disability - Disability should not prevent you from securing a placement and we encourage all students with a disability to aim to do a placement. We can offer support and advice on overcoming any perceived challenges.

More information about UK and International placements and the Enterprise Placement Year can be found in the links below and the ‌‌Placement newsletter but if you have any queries, please contact the Placement Unit.

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UK Placements

A fantastic opportunity to gain industry experience

Emily Spreadborough - Costume with Textiles
Emily Spreadborough - Costume with Textiles

UK Placements

Undertaking a placement year in the UK is a fantastic opportunity to gain some ‘real-world’ experience of your chosen discipline and industry. It will enable you to make informed decisions about your future career path and give you an edge over other graduates who do not have any relevant work experience.

To pass your placement year you must complete 48 weeks on placement during the third year of your course – this could be at one company for the whole year, or several companies throughout the 48 weeks.

Fees are charged at £750 for the 18/19 placement year, unless you are an international student in which case they are between £1400 - £1500 for the year.

During your placement year you will usually receive approximately half of your student loan.

Many companies will pay placement students a salary or cover living expenses (such as travel costs), but there is always a chance that your chosen placement will be unpaid. There is the option to work four days per week on an unpaid placement, which would ensure you have at least two days per week to undertake part-time paid work.

The University’s Hardship Fund is a sum of money available to students who are struggling financially. Placement students are able to apply for this funding however any salary you receive will be taken into account. We particularly encourage students who are on an unpaid placement to apply. To find out more about the Hardship Fund, contact the Student Finance Office - studentfinancialsupport@hud.ac.uk

International Placements

A chance to experience life in another country

Luigi Amitrano - Graphic Design
Luigi Amitrano - Graphic Design

International Placements

Undertaking a placement year abroad is a fantastic opportunity to gain some ‘real-world’ experience of your chosen discipline and industry and will enable you to make informed decisions about your future career. Working abroad will give you the chance to experience life in another country and could result in some exciting travel opportunities!

To pass your placement year you must complete 48 weeks on placement during the third year of your course – this could be at one company for the whole year, or several companies throughout the 48 weeks.

Fees are charged at £750 for the 18/19 placement year, unless you are an international student in which case they are between £1400 - £1500 for the year. During your placement year you will usually receive approximately half of your student loan.

Many companies will pay placement students a salary or cover living expenses (such as travel costs), but there is always a chance that your chosen placement will be unpaid. There is the option to work four days per week on an unpaid placement, which would ensure you have at least two days per week to undertake part-time paid work.

If your placement is in the EU you will be able to apply for Erasmus Funding - a grant for your period of work abroad. Grants for work students are currently between 380 – 430 euros per month (minimum 2 months, maximum 12 months).

If your placement is outside of the EU you may need to apply for a VISA.

The University’s Hardship Fund is a sum of money available to students who are struggling financially. Placement students are able to apply for this funding however any salary you receive will be taken into account. We particularly encourage students who are on an unpaid placement to apply. To find out more about the Hardship Fund, contact the Student Finance Office - studentfinancialsupport@hud.ac.uk

Enterprise Placement Year

Set up your own business

Jay Thomas and Stephen Bradshaw - Graphic Design
Jay Thomas and Stephen Bradshaw - Graphic Design

Enterprise Placement Year

Are you a budding entrepreneur? Do you have an idea for a business you would love to start? If yes then the Enterprise Placement Year may be for you.

An Enterprise Placement Year (EPY) is a chance to set up your own business with support from the Enterprise Team and Business Advisors as well as advice on finance, marketing and technology. You will also have access to facilities in the Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Centre in the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre to use as a base for your business.

To apply for an EPY year you must have a business idea ready to be pitched to the Enterprise Team.

Fees are charged at £750 for the 18/19 placement year, unless you are an international student in which case they are between £1400 - £1500 for the year. During your placement year you will usually receive approximately half of your student loan.

The University’s Hardship Fund is a sum of money available to students who are struggling financially. Placement students are able to apply for this funding however any salary you receive will be taken into account. We particularly encourage students who are on an unpaid placement to apply. To find out more about the Hardship Fund, contact the Student Finance Office - studentfinancialsupport@hud.ac.uk

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