Poster 5 – Micro-Placements: Pivoting from recruitment to a preparation model to support students at scale

Wendy Browne – Employer Engagement Manager & Nguyen Banh – Senior Employer Engagement Adviser  – City, University of London

Our poster will demonstrate how we scaled the credit bearing Micro-Placements (MPP) from 120 to 300 students this year, and how we plan to scale to 560 students placed in academic year 2022/23. The growth of MPP is in due to the execution of City’s Employability Development Plan, which is embedding the professional level experience which improves graduates’ longitudinal employment outcomes (Department for Education, 2017).

We will discuss how we have pivoted from a model of recruiting our most placement-ready students onto the module via assessment centres and interviews, to ensuring all 560 students are upskilled regardless of experience level to excel on placement. This links directly to the activities and strategies to support students and teaching approaches sub themes, as well as curriculum design.

We will cover the suite of preparation sessions we will co-deliver with employer and employability professionals to support students on their placement (140 hours of the module) Relating to assessment design, we will also cover how we have designed assessment sessions to set students up for success with regards to their written assignment and video blog, considering students’ motivations (Lewis Elton, 1996).

This poster will be relevant to any City professional or academic looking to learn more about our Careers is embedding employability into the curriculum, on how we are adapting curriculum design to meet increased demand.

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Department of Education. (2017) Planning for success: Graduates’ career planning and its effect on graduate outcomes. Available at: (Accessed: 10th May 2022).

Lewis Elton (1996) Strategies to enhance student motivation: A conceptual analysis, Studies in Higher Education, 21:1, 57-68, DOI: 10.1080/03075079612331381457

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