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Nottingham Trent University

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‘Live’ projects with employers

“You’re able to build up essential market knowledge from an early stage which is invaluable in setting you apart in the hunt for placement and graduate opportunities.”

Andrew Laing, BSc (Hons) Planning and Development

“I have thoroughly enjoyed this module. It has been challenging and the broad and dynamic nature of the programme has enabled me to expand my knowledge and skills on a practical level, a key strength when in an interview environment.”

Planning and Development student,
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A key factor in the employability success of Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is the large number of students who take an industrial placement or gain experience of work as part of their course.

The University has worked hard to build influential links with over 6,000 companies bringing many benefits for students, including in-course opportunities. Representative of the opportunities available, Planning and Development students can take advantage of a one year work placement, an industry mentor, site visits, accreditation by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and work on ‘live’ projects as part of their course. These opportunities develop rounded experience and knowledge to succeed in the profession.

Recent final year students took on a ‘live’ development consultancy project working with Rolls-Royce including design, financial appraisal and producing development and planning proposals. Mirroring the interdisciplinary nature of the working environment, students worked with interior designers, lawyers and urban designers during the project. Students’ final presentations, seeking approval to act on behalf of a ‘client’, were to a board consisting of industry and university representatives from Rolls-Royce and Muse Developments alongside academics and staff from NTU’s business incubation unit, the HIVE.

The skills and attributes enhanced at each stage directly translate into preparation for professional practice. Students gain confidence, experience presenting in a board setting, and experience of development consultancy work. Learning in this setting, students graduate with knowledge, skills, contacts and experience useful for their future careers. With the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) regional hub based at the University, students also have the opportunity to become student members of the leading worldwide network for senior business leaders. In doing so, they are opening a door to high-level business expertise and opportunities benefiting their studies and future careers.

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