As our University moves towards ensuring that all students have access to placements or work-based learning opportunities, and as it continues to support students to access internships, we need to recognise that access to such opportunities is not always equitable. Consequently, not all students feel comfortable on placement and may have experiences which negatively impact on their confidence and motivation. Debrett’s (2016[1]), for example, evidences that coming from a privileged background, being privately educated and having a network of contacts, were the keys to gaining an internship.

We are about to pilot a new programme which will use Tara Yosso’s work on Community Cultural Wealth to help students recognise and learn from the cultural knowledge, skills, abilities and contacts that BAME students have, but which often go unrecognised. If you would like to get involved in this work please email us.

 

A number of our departments are delivering initiatives designed to enhance equitable access to, and outcomes from, placements. These are:

Allied Health Professions: Supporting International Students

Computing: Barriers to taking up placements

Engineering and Maths: Addressing the barriers to student uptake of placements

Finance, Accounting and Business Systems: Barriers to applying for taking up placements

Health and Social Care Departments within Health and Wellbeing: Placements Uncovered and Health and Social Placements Revealed (Phase 1)

Health and Social Care Departments within Health and Wellbeing: Placements Uncovered and Health and Social Placements Revealed (Phase 2)

Health and Wellbeing: Placement Practitioner Conference

Law and Criminology: Placement uptake by BAME Law & Criminology students

Management: International Study Projects

Natural and Built Environment: Levelling the placement advantage

Nursing and Midwifery: The NAME group

Psychology, Sociology and Politics: Addressing Inclusivity, Equality and Diversity in Curricular Practice

Sheffield Business School: Exploring BAME students experiences with placement

Teacher Education: Supporting BAME student teachers through enhanced placement allocation and mentoring support

 

Community initiatives

The following organisations offer a number of supportive initiatives which, whilst not necessarily directly designed to address differential outcomes, support those from Black, Asian and Minoritised ethnic groups to progress in to employment

[1] As reported in the media (e.g. https://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/mar/30/debretts-poll-privilege-internships-private-school).