School of Computing

Help and support

To help you arrange your industrial placement the School has a Placement Team dedicated to helping you get the right job. They will help you to identify suitable opportunities, make applications and prepare for interviews, secure a placement, and monitor and support you during your placement.

During your programme of study you will receive details from companies requiring placement students, some of whom will be recruiting for several students at once.�There will also be a series of presentations by employers visiting the School of Computing. The Placements Team gives practical support by:

  • checking your CV (resumé), letters and applications;
  • holding an up-to-date copy of your CV on file ready to forward to companies at your request;
  • helping you prepare for interviews, e.g. by running mock (practice) interviews;
  • helping you prepare for assessment centres, e.g. by running mock assessment centre sessions;
  • advertising relevant jobs via email;
  • providing a range of general advice, e.g. who to apply to, handling job offer situations, etc.
  • visiting you and monitoring your welfare during your placement.

Once the placement begins each student is assigned an Industrial Supervisor by the employer, who is responsible for directing their work. Ongoing support is provided by the Placements Team, a member of whom will normally visit the workplace at least once during the placement to check that the student is integrating successfully and the type of work being undertaken is appropriate. For short placements or those located overseas the visit may be replaced by a formal telephone/Skype meeting. If the placement is longer than six months there will normally be two visits or telephone/Skype meetings.

For undergraduates

Activities that will help you to find a suitable placement begin in your first year of study. However the most intensive support is given to you in your second year.

Each year the School organises a Campus Day for students who are part-way through their placement. Students use the day to share their experiences of working in industry and also to prepare themselves for their return to university in September when they begin their final year of study.

For Master's students

For taught Master's students, activities usually begin during the second semester but students may be invited to attend presentations earlier.

How can I contact the Placements Team?

Contact our Placements Team if you have any queries:
Tel: 01227 827168
Or see the FAQs

The School is a member of the Association of Sandwich Education and Training (ASET) which is the professional body for placement and employability staff.� Membership of this educational charity ensures that the Placement Team is kept up-to-date with best practice in the field of work-based learning.�

Please note we cannot guarantee that every student will find a placement. Students are responsible for securing their own placement.


School of Computing, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 824180 or contact us.

Last Updated: 23/07/2015