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Support during your placement

There’s plenty of help available while you're on placement. You’ll be jointly supported by the Placement Team and your academic team, but you'll also be able to get help from the other areas below. 

Primary sources of support

Placement Team: your first point of contact

We’ll contact you four to six weeks into your placement to check everything is okay, but please don’t wait until then if you have any questions. Please contact us if:

You have any queries or concerns

We can answer your questions or signpost you to appropriate support.

You aren't certain about your placement's structure

Although the structure of a placement can vary from company to company, the following basics should be in place:

  1. A nominated manager
  2. Clear and targeted objectives
  3. Ongoing support and review of objectives

You’re unhappy on placement

It’s not uncommon in the early days for students to find their placement isn’t matching their expectations for a variety of reasons. Usually, a discussion with us or your manager will help to resolve any issues.

You’re off sick for longer than two weeks

We need to know so we can discuss any longer-term implications and advise on available help and support.

Your placement is finishing early

You may need to find additional work experience to meet the requirements of your course, depending on the length and nature of the work you’ve already done. We’ll work with your academic team to advise and support you to find another placement, if necessary. You may also need to talk to a Student Support Adviser about your options.

Your academic team: for questions about learning or assignments

Your academic team consists of your course’s module leader and your academic tutor.

You’ll be given access to the Blackboard site for your module as part of your placement and allocated a tutor for the placement module. This usually happens in the autumn term.

Your placement tutor will be your main contact for any questions about your coursework and submissions. We encourage you to contact them to arrange a visit to your workplace or Skype visit during your placement so they can see how your learning is being put into practice.

Other sources of support

Your manager

Your manager will be a vital source of support whilst you’re on placement. Take the time to get to know them and establish this key relationship. Don’t be afraid to ask if you’re not sure of something – they’ll be expecting questions, especially during the first few weeks.

Remember to be proactive  read our tips on making a good first impression.

You should prepare and plan for your meetings with your manager so you can get the most out of them. If you’re keen to get some experience in a certain area it can be beneficial to politely raise this early on. If your manager knows from the beginning then they’re more likely to be able to accommodate you. If you don’t have any clear ideas that’s fine, because as you progress through your placement you’ll learn more and develop ideas which you can share with your manager.

Workplace Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

Ask your manager if you have access to your workplace EAP. It's a confidential service that provides free support to employees on a range of issues.

Wellbeing Service for emotional support

Undertaking a placement can be a challenging time, so contact the Wellbeing Service if you need emotional support.

The Students’ Union at UWE Advice Centre

Contact The Students’ Union at UWE Advice Centre for free confidential and impartial advice about academic, financial and employment issues.

Library

Make use of the University library from a distance with over one million eBooks, numerous eJournals, databases and multimedia resources, you can support your learning with high-quality, electronic resources.

You can borrow resources from other libraries as part of the SCONUL Access Scheme, so don't forget to check if your placement is near a participating library.

Advice from fellow students

Watch our settling into your placement film to hear how fellow UWE Bristol students have bedded into their placements, and get their top tips for making yours a success.

Sign up to the UWE Placements Facebook group to connect with other placement students. It's a place to share your pictures, your first day experiences, your commute, your questions and your advice.

Keep in touch

Check your UWE Bristol email account regularly so you don’t miss key information such as registration, academic matters and important updates from the Placement Team.

Please keep your contact details and term-time address up to date on myUWE.

You should update your Placement proposal form (Infohub login required) if any of your placement details change, including your manager’s name and contact details. We’ll need this so we can check in with you and your manager when you’re on placement.

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