Optional undergraduate work placements

Updated 1 March 2021

I was due to start a work placement in 2020/21, what do I do if it is cancelled?
I was due to start a work placement in 2020/21, what do I do if my start date has been pushed back?
Who do I speak to about finding a work placement for 2021/22?
How long does a placement need to be?
What if I need to work from home as part of my placement?
What about working overseas for a placement?
What if I plan to work in Europe, will I have access to Erasmus+ funding for students planning to study or work in the EU in 2020/21 or 2021/22?

Contacts

I was due to start a work placement in 2020/21, what do I do if it is cancelled?

If your placement is unfortunately cancelled, please inform your Employability Team and/or Placement Tutor as soon as possible.

If you have completed a Change of Programme form please contact your Student Support Office and or/ and Employability Team to inform them of your change in circumstances. You will need to do this before 9 November 2020.

If you have also applied for Student Finance, again make sure you alert them to a change in your situation.

I was due to start a work placement in 2020/21, what do I do if my start date has been pushed back?

Please inform your Employability Team and/or Placement Tutor of the new start date, as whilst for the 2020-2021 academic year the shortest placement period possible is 6 months, if you are on a programme where there are PSRB requirements, or specific Apprenticeship funding rules apply, you may be required to complete a placement of longer than six months. You need to ensure your new start date provides enough time to complete your placement tenure and return to your next year of study.

Who do I speak to about finding a work placement for 2021/22?

In the first instance contact your Faculty Employability Team. You can also visit the Your Placement Year Guide on Minerva where you can find information on:

  • Securing your placement
  • Planning and preparing for your placement
  • Support during your placement
  • Finishing your placement and returning to University.

How long does a placement need to be?

Most placement modules will require you to complete a placement between 9-12 months. However, please check with your Faculty Employability Team what the requirements for your school or faculty work placement module is.

What if I need to work from home as part of my placement?

Before any placement starts, the University follows a Risk Management Action Plan process. This allows us and you to identify the risks associated with your placement, and ensures you have the appropriate support from your employer.

If you are required to work remotely e.g. from home rather than a company worksite you should check with your employer what equipment they can provide for working from home, and if you have any concerns, please discuss this with your employer or Employability Team and/or Placement Tutor as soon as you can.

The University has produced some working from home guidelines for staff which you may wish to take a look at.

What about working overseas for a placement?

For the latest information on travel to work placements, please read the information about the University’s travel policy. Please contact your Faculty Employability Team if you have any questions about the impact of the travel policy.

What if I planned to work in Europe, will I have access to Erasmus+ funding for students planning to study or work in the EU in 2020/21 or 2021/22?

If you plan to work in the EU, terms and conditions of employment may vary depending on the country the work placement is in. For more information, please check UK Government country-specific guidance.

You will be contacted by the Erasmus Work team if you’re eligible for Erasmus + grant advising you what to do next.

Further information on how the University of Leeds manages Erasmus+ funding.

Read updates and advice from the British Council on Erasmus+.

Please note the Erasmus+ grant only applies if you start your placement overseas at the location of the placement. Working from home will unfortunately mean you are not eligible for the grant, but this will change as soon as you move to take up your placement overseas.