Optional undergraduate work placements

Updated 5 May 2021

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 2021/22?

Contacts

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

In the first instance, contact your Faculty Employability Team listed in the Contacts section of this page. 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 at a company worksite you should check with your placement host what equipment they can provide for working from home. If you have any concerns, please discuss this with your placement host 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 plan to work in Europe, will I have access to Erasmus+ funding for students planning to study or work in the EU in 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.

Once you have confirmed you have a secured a placement with your Faculty Employability Team, you will be contacted by the Erasmus+ Work team. If your placement is approved by the University and you’re eligible for an Erasmus+ grant, they will advise you on what to do next.

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

You can also listen to a recorded Erasmus + work placement video presentation.

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.