Success for All

Success for All

At Nottingham Trent University, we are always seeking to enhance and develop our student experience and our increasing focus on appropriate internships and placements for all is yielding significant and positive results.

Sandwich placements are known to help students progress to further study or give them a greater chance of landing graduate-level employment. Our Success for All initiative is ensuring that all students, including those from widening participation (WP) / disadvantaged backgrounds, can enjoy these success levels.

And when we analysed WP graduate careers, we discovered that those who had studied a four-year sandwich course with a one-year work placement were just as likely to move on to professional employment as their non-WP counterparts.

Across our three-year, full-time courses, 57% of WP students in full-time employment six months after they graduated were in professional occupations. This figure rose to 89% for our WP graduates who had taken the sandwich programme – equal to that of the non-WP students following the same route.

We are continuing to build on these findings, looking at how we can optimise these benefits in our courses to deliver maximum positive impact to all our WP and non-WP students. We are also working on new strategies to inform WP students that extended workplace exposure will be beneficial, as WP students are traditionally reluctant to participate in sandwich courses. Through increased awareness, better understanding and further support, we aim to build on these successes and continue to offer widening participation students maximum opportunities for a successful professional postgraduate career.

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