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The Applied Sciences Micro-Placement Programme

What is a micro-placement and why should I do one? 

A micro-placement is a short-term career exploration opportunity designed to provide mutual benefit to both student and employer, with students gaining an insight into an industry related to their field of study and employers a chance to meet with ambitious graduates. The Applied Sciences Micro-Placement Programme (formerly known as the Getting Inside Programme) is one of the most popular student employability programmes within the school. Unique to this school, the Micro-Placement Programme offers the opportunity for 3rd and 4th year Life Science, Criminology, Psychology, Social Science and Sport & Exercise Science students to apply for a one week work placement with one of our partner employers.

As an applied university, we believe in building on the knowledge and skills that you acquire in the classroom through meaningful work experience which exemplifies how this applies to the real world. Micro-placements are a great way for you to gain valuable insights into a specific industry, further your professional network and stand you in good stead for when you face the competitive graduate recruitment process. Not only that, as our recruitment process is designed so that it mirrors practices used in industry, you will develop your assessment centre and interviews skills merely by going through the Micro-Placement Programme’s recruitment process. 

The Programme has been running for 5 years and consistently receives hugely positive feedback from both student and employer. In past year we have seen numerous students going on to be hired by their host employers after graduation to students working in collaboration with their host employer on their dissertation. 

“I feel it was the perfect timing after just finishing my degree and getting out into the world of work and helped me to decide what areas I would like to work in.”

“The programme was a great opportunity to get some real life experience. It's given me the opportunity to get a placement in the first place and potentially work with Inspiring Scotland in the future.”

“The overall experience was very interesting. Doing all of this in English was really helpful for me. It made me more confident about applying for an internship or job and about my overall ability to do all this in English.”

We work with industry partners from a diverse range of employers, reflecting the diverse programmes within the School of Applied Sciences, from multinational research laboratories to local charities and start-ups. Recent employers have included Scottish Water, Charles River, Police Scotland, Barnardo’s HMP Visitor Centre and Scottish Hockey. 

“[The student] showed tremendous enthusiasm for the placement opportunity, she interacted well with our team and appeared to enjoy herself also. Tasks assigned were competed to the highest standard, such that, following her graduation in two years, we would like to discuss the possibility of employing her.”

“It was a great experience having the students on site for the four day period. [The students] were a pleasure to work alongside and got on well with each member of the team that they were assigned to each day. The feedback received from my colleagues was very positive, not only were the girls eager to learn but asked great questions too!”

“[The students] were excellent. They engaged fully in our team and performed tasks to a high standard. They were friendly, enthusiastic and showed initiative in completing tasks. It was a pleasure for us to host them.”


When will the micro-placements take place? 


Placements will run from the Monday to the Thursday of the Inter-Trimester week (11 – 14 May 2020) and therefore will not clash with teaching or exams. Successful students and their partnered employers are then invited back into the university on Friday 15 May for a morning of reflecting on and celebrating your experiences on placement, followed by a networking lunch opportunity.

How do I apply for a micro-placement?

The micro-placement recruitment process is designed to be a realistic reflection of those used within industry which in turn give you the experience to prepare you for a ‘real life’ setting. 

There are two key stages to your application

Application Stage 1
Application Stage 2
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