Sandwich placements

What is a ‘Sandwich Placement’?

A sandwich placement is a year working in industry taken by students between the second and third year of a degree. Sandwich placements typically last for 48 weeks running from September to August of a given year.

What’s in it for the employer?

Through the Dept. of Computing, employers can access students from a wide variety of academic courses, including: Information Systems; Mobile and Embedded Systems; Web Systems Development; Networking, Security and Forensics; and Information Technology Management.

There are also numerous other benefits to taking a student on a sandwich placement, including:

  • A cost-effective recruitment tool to provide a pipeline of fresh talent into your business.
  • Additional resource for your business when staff time is stretched.
  • Up-to-date skills from motivated individuals.
  • Fresh ideas and perspectives.
  • An opportunity to build links with the University.

What’s in it for the student?

For the students, the aim is to build, develop and apply their skills as acquired through their degree in order to improve their employment prospects once they graduate. There is also a lot of evidence to show that undertaking a sandwich placements can lead to students improving their academic skills and obtaining a higher classification of degree.

How do I get involved?

If you’re interested in taking a sandwich placement student please contact Helen Walters, Knowledge Exchange & Enterprise Coordinator, on 01695 657288 or who will be able to advise and guide you through the process.

The best time to advertise a sandwich placement vacancy is between September and March each year, with a view to interviewing and appointing the position before the following May.

You will need to draw up an advertisement and job specification/description for the vacancy, which we can then promote to students within the Dept. Please also bear in mind we will need you to complete our Health and Safety Appraisal and provide us with a copy of your Employers Liability Insurance certificate.

We are also able to offer assistance during the recruitment process which includes providing interview venues.

Please contact Helen Walters to discuss your requirements on 01695 657288 or

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