Undergraduate placements

We offer a range of undergraduate (single and combined honours) programmes and employers can access students who are currently studying a wide range of disciplines including:

  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing

We develop talented students who are ready for the world of work, eager to put their academic theory into practice, and contribute to the growth and productivity of your business.  To date we have students who have secured placements with;

  • The Government Economic Service
  • IBM
  • Nintendo
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Asda and also small and medium-sized enterprises within the region.

A placement year is a period of work experience that takes place between year two and three of an undergraduate degree programme. A work placement gives our students the opportunity to link theory and practice together, and for you as an employer the chance to recruit motivated, flexible individuals in a cost effective way.

Placement students can and should be given responsibilities as if they were a regular employee.

  • you will have access to a pool of talent, equipped with the skills and energy to bring new ideas to your business
  • it can give your business an injection of new and innovative creative ideas
  • placements are a cost effective and low risk method of recruitment 
  • they offer an opportunity to 'talent spot' prior to the graduate recruitment cycle
  • enable you to increase capacity on current projects, or take forward ideas you currently cannot resource
  • a chance to develop the leadership and management skills within your existing staff
  • placements can help raise the profile of your organisation

Our placement team offers employers a free, professional and efficient service and we promise to provide continued support and guidance throughout the entire placement process.

We can organise many aspects of the recruitment process including

  • vacancy promotion via our online jobs board, and by direct email to relevant cohorts of students
  • students can apply directly to you via email or your online processes, or we can collate applications and send them direct to you in one batch at no cost. 
  • we can also arrange free use of interview space, on Keele University campus if required.

We are always happy to discuss bespoke arrangements, so please do contact us for more information 

Placement opportunities can be an existing role, or a new position however, the role must;

  • have a duration of at least 30 weeks on a full time basis
  • be a paid opportunity, meeting at least the National Minimum Wage
  • be located with an employer who complies with all current health and safety legislation, and holds public and employee liability insurance
  • a placement is a three-way partnership between the employer, the student and Keele University. Our dedicated Placement Officer will be on hand throughout the process, and there will be at least one site visit from the university during the placement

A certain level of supervision will be required, but to the same extent you would provide for any other employee.

  • prepare for their arrival
  • induction
  • regular appraisals 

We would also ask that a member of staff is nominated to act as the placement students’ supervisor, this person would typically be their line manager. We also advise (where possible) that a mentor or buddy is also identified to provide peer support.

As the placement year is part of a students undergraduate degree course, we do ask employers to participate in this assessment by providing feedback on the students’ performance.

Below is an example of what a placement year could look like (based on a 12 month position)

Pre –Placement
  • Employer completes health and safety form, and placement learning agreement
Month 1
  • Student begins placement and returns placement induction form to the University
Month 2

Student submits their initial placement portfolio six weeks into their placement. The student will;

  • reflect on their employability skills and consider their own strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) in terms of their assessment of sector skill demands
  • create an action plan of intended placement outcomes and planned activities aimed at strengthening their employability skills during the remainder of their placement. The action plan will be negotiated and agreed by the student, module director, placement lead and employer
Month 3 to 6
  • onsite (where possible) visit from the university to discuss progress with student and employer.
Month 6 to 8
  • placement continues
Month 8 to 12

Placement position comes to a close. Employer provides feedback on the student and placement experience and the student will submit their final placement portfolio including;

  • reflective diary documenting key activities and reflecting on the skills they have gained
  • the student's own reflective evaluation of a range of feedback provided on the student’s performance and contribution on their placement by their work colleagues and employer 

If you would like more information about hiring a Keele Management School placement student to add value to your business please contact

Sharon Farrow, KMS Placement Officer;