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Supporting Industrial Experience Students. Claire Revell , [email protected] Jane Reid, [email protected] Queen Mary, University of London. Workshop outline. Current support framework (20 mins ) Structure Student viewpoints Discussion groups (30 mins )

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supporting industrial experience students

Supporting Industrial Experience Students

Claire Revell, [email protected]

Jane Reid, [email protected]

Queen Mary, University of London

workshop outline
Workshop outline
  • Current support framework (20 mins)
    • Structure
    • Student viewpoints
  • Discussion groups (30 mins)
  • Group feedback and summary (10 mins)
  • Invitation to join network of interested parties
current support framework structure 1 3
Current support framework: structure [1/3]
  • We are a School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
  • Current IE programme is 4-year BSc Computer Science with Industrial Experience
  • Students undertake an assessed placement of 7 – 12 months in industry between their penultimate and final years of study
  • Also rolling out 4-year BEng Electronic Engineering and BSc (Eng) Media Arts Technology with Industrial Experience from September 2012
current support framework structure 2 3
Current support framework: structure [2/3]
  • Dedicated Industrial Placement Manager (IPM)
    • IE student handbook and other materials
    • Social event for all IE year groups in January
  • In the first year
    • Tutorials and information sessions run by the IPM
    • Individual support and advice provided by IPM
  • In the second year
    • Support during job searching and application process
      • Subject-specific support from the IPM
      • Generic support from QM Careers Service
current support framework structure 3 3
Current support framework: structure [3/3]
  • In the placement year
    • 2 visits to the student’s workplace by the IPM
    • A monitored discussion forum to help students keep in touch with us and with each other
    • A requirement for reflection on personal and professional development through the placement assessment
  • On return from placement, in the final year
    • A “welcome back” meeting with the IPM and Director of Taught Programmes
    • Ad-hoc job application support from IPM
current support framework student viewpoints
Current support framework: student viewpoints
  • Ali Cakmakyurdu, BSc Computer Science, final year
  • DurimManaj, BSc Business Computing, final year
discussion groups
Discussion groups
  • Questions:
    • What lessons can be learned from our students’ viewpoints and/or the views of your own students?
    • Is there any good practice at your own institution that you could share with us?
    • What are your opinions on our possible improvements?
      • Mentoring for first and second year IE students from returning IE students
      • Structured contact with academic staff during the IE placement, e.g. to develop final year project ideas
      • More explicit support for the transition from academic study to placement, and back again
group feedback and summary
Group feedback and summary
  • Reporter from each group to feed back 2 main recommendations (2 mins)
invitation to join network
Invitation to join network
  • We intend to set up an informal network of staff currently running, or intending to run, Computer Science / Electronic Engineering IE programmes
  • Opportunities could include
    • An email list to disseminate news
    • Themed meetings to share experiences
    • Events
    • Others? (ideas welcome )
  • If you are interested in joining this network, please contact Claire Revell, [email protected]