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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]


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