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Higher Education Work Based Learning Roles and Responsibilities

Our Higher Education roles and responsibilities will help you understanding what you as a student have to do and what placement officers, tutors and mentors will provide and support you with.

Student Roles and Responsibilities

The student should:

  • Seek out their own appropriate placement (The Practice Learning team will give guidance and support with this).
  • Inform the Practice Placement team as soon as they find a placement. They should provide all contact details of the placement including mentor information.
  • Act appropriately at all times as a student representative of the University.
  • Adhere to the requirements of the work place and professional expectations.
  • Manage their learning and professional relationships within programme’s expectations.
  • Keep a reflective learning log.
  • Be aware of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria that link to the placement.
  • Alert the placement provider of issues impeding or preventing professional development.

Practice Placement Officer Roles and Responsibilities

The Placement Officer will:

  • Support students to find suitable placements.
  • Undertake pre-placement health & safety checks.
  • Liaise with programme leaders/tutors regarding student placement issues or concerns.
  • Liaise with employers and placement mentors on student placement progress.
  • Undertake placement visits with the student and mentor to review progress and development.
  • Keep appropriate records regarding health & safety and placement visits.

Tutor Roles and Responsibilities

The tutor will:

  • Teach relevant theories and subject specific topics in relation to work based learning/personal practice development.
  • Set out assessment tasks and formative and summative submission dates.
  • Discuss with students appropriate placements relevant to the sector.
  • Liaise with the practice Learning team regarding student issues relating to placement.
  • Deal with issues regarding student behaviour and concerns regarding professional practice.
  • Mark and grade student assessments and give timely feedback.
  • Discuss and support students where appropriate with requests for extensions and through mitigating circumstance procedures.
  • Present student grades to the examination boards.

Mentor Roles and Responsibilities

The mentor will:

  • Provide an effective placement learning opportunity.
  • Appraise students of agency policies relating to health and safety and other relevant organisational procedures.
  • Where possible, include students in learning opportunities that will broaden their experience.
  • Assist students to develop the necessary professional skills.
  • Verify student Log of Hours.
  • Liaise with Practice Development Officer in the first instance of any complaints or emerging issues.
  • Meet with the placement officer and student for a 3 way meeting during the placement visit.

Linda Lobendhan – Practice Placement Coordinator

Telephone Number: 01472 311222 Extension 1461

Gemma Chittock – Practice Placement Officer

Telephone Number: 01472 311222 Extension 1487

Danielle Kelly – Practice Placement Officer

Telephone Number: 01472 31122 Extension 1123

Alice Judge – Practice Placement Officer

Telephone Number: 01472 31122 Extension 1217