Enhancing Employability prospects in Biosciences and Chemistry

Who are we? 

NHS sandwich placements are key to developing the social mobility and employability of our Biomedical Science students. Our group’s purpose is to investigate and improve the outcomes of BAME Biomedical Science students, to overcome the current imbalance in DLHE/ Graduate outcomes and uptake of placements.

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Our aims and objectives

In collaboration with students, we will undertake a review of successful and unsuccessful applications for NHS Biomedical Science placements, to look for:

  • Potential unconscious bias in selection processes
  • Demographic variations in the standard of applications and work experience
  • Key attributes of successful applicants and an assessment matrix that can be used for applicants

To create a research community in collaboration with BESE, academics, HWLS Race and Equality Group and students to embed good practice and develop expertise to support students. Our research will enable students from a widening participation background to successfully apply for NHS placements, shown to increase academic attainment and graduate outcomes.

We aim to identify what constitutes a successful placement application and gaps in recruitment and student prior experience. DHLE evidence links placement experience to enhanced outcomes. Placement experience would therefore narrow the attainment gap for BAME and widening participation students.

Develop support for students through a student mentoring network, examples of good practice and an assessment matrix to support future student job applications.  

Analysis of BMS placement recruitment will identify barriers to attainment and will lead to a model of best practice ensuring students can maximise their chances of a placement/graduate role. The community created will encourage peer to peer mentoring with alumni and students across year groups and narrow the attainment gap.

Development of a student resource following analysis of the group’s activities which will be shared with the wider academic community and could be adapted to other courses.

The findings of the research will be discussed and assessed by external placement partners at Departmental Employer Forums and have potential for publication in pedagogical journals.

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