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Report of the Placements Working Group. Malcolm Skingle, GSK February 2012. Aims of the Working Group. Define “Placements” Produce Evidence Based Report Address Issues Highlight Benefits & Good Working Practice Produce Recommendations Define a Strategy.

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Report of the Placements Working Group

Malcolm Skingle, GSK

February 2012


Aims of the Working Group

Define “Placements”

Produce Evidence Based Report

Address Issues

Highlight Benefits & Good Working Practice

Produce Recommendations

Define a Strategy


Placements: Definitions & Evidence

  • Definition covers work experience

    • Undergraduates

      • Projects

      • Sandwich Courses

    • Internships

      • Undergraduate/Postgraduate

    • Postgraduate & Postdoctoral

      • PhD Studentships (CASE & Internships)

      • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

      • Postdoctoral Secondments

  • Evidence Based Report Produced


Placements: The Issues

  • Employers

  • Placements are time consuming/ resource intensive

  • Difficulty in devising/ managing projects

  • Participants need training

  • Internal staff need training or mentoring

  • Competition between universities

  • Schemes to deliver placements confusing

  • Awareness of grants on offer can be low

  • Finance, HR, Legal & IP issues

  • Individuals

  • Tuition fees & student loan interest

  • Quality placements decreasing

  • Highly competitive

  • Accreditation

  • Not always paid

  • Confusion over types of grants available

  • Benefits of placements are not always clearly visible in terms of future career prospects

ISSUES

  • Higher Education

  • Competition between universities for industry places

  • Resource intensive to facilitate & manage esp. CROs/SMEs

  • Assessment can be difficult

  • Commercially sensitive projects

  • Time away from teaching and research

  • Commitment from participants may vary

  • Ensuring quantity & quality


Placements: The Benefits

  • Employers

  • Enriches talent pool & enhances recruitment

  • Improves collaboration with academia

  • Develops links with specific research and teaching areas

  • Aid the development of own employees

  • Enable project work that might not otherwise have happened

  • Enables access to public funding

  • Individuals

  • Develops industry relevant skills & employability

  • Work experience in a professional environment

  • Broadens career and industry awareness

  • Adds relevance to study and improves motivation

  • Makes a positive contribution to employer

  • Builds confidence

BENEFITS

  • Higher Education

  • Enriches skills/employability of students & researchers

  • Improves collaboration with industry

  • Promotes excellence of the institution

  • Demonstrates the wider context of higher education

  • Aids development of own employees

  • Enables project work that might not otherwise have happened

  • Stakeholders

  • Improves collaboration across industry & education

  • Increases effectiveness of public funding

  • Links education & research with policy making, business & the public

  • Enables innovation & economic growth


Recommendations

  • Engage Industry, Higher Education & Trainees

    • Offer employers an incentive, such as R&D Tax Credits or a National Insurance Holiday

    • Devise routes to increase SME & CRO placement provision, quality assurance & training

    • Offer participants a fixed tuition fee & student loan interest freeze

    • Showcase benefits & good working practice

  • New Ways of Working

    • Coordinate sector wide collaboration

    • Explore international placements through ERASMUS, EMTRAIN, UKTI & British Council

    • Consider training & mentoring for all participants

  • Raise Profile & Reward Activity

    • Champion & enhance existing programmes & support packages

    • Recognise & reward good working practice


Strategy

Not-for-Profit

Placements Service

  • National Training Programme

  • Mentoring for industry & academic participants

  • Pre-placement training

  • Practical & employability skills

  • Health & safety compliance

  • Business improvement techniques

  • Ensure high quality experience

  • Ensure impact in teaching & research collaboration

  • National Conference & Awards Ceremony

  • Opportunity to bring sector together

  • Increases profile of placements

  • Increases networking and collaboration

  • Recognises & rewards through awards

  • Focus for media campaign

  • National Centre for Excellence

  • Showcases benefits & good working practice

  • Facilitates placement uptake by supporting industry, particularly SME/CRO engagement

  • Helps devise projects & placements

  • Supports participants through application & recruitment process, payroll, HR & legal issues

  • Champions grants & financial support

  • Ensures quality

  • Creates national & international profile


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