As explored in other sections of this blueprint, placements take many forms and contribute in a variety of ways to students' learning and achievement. It is important that placements are carefully managed, and that students are fully informed and supported to enable them to flourish within their placement environments and to achieve the learning outcomes intended to be achieved through the placement experience, and provided with individual support where placement experiences or personal circumstances impact on their ability to engage with the placement experiences effectively. It is also important that the course teams make efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of placement opportunities to inform future placements.
The University's Work-based and placement learning framework should be used as a source of reference to inform the development, planning and management of placements and to ensure a high quality student experience. Thus framework helpfully sets out the responsibility of the course team in designing placements as part of their curriculum:
In the design, approval and monitoring of courses with a work based learning or placement component, course teams must ensure that