This module is run by the Department of English and Creative Writing with the support of the FASS Engagement team. It aims to enhance students’ employability by providing an assessed work placement opportunity as an option on the curriculum. It will also encourage students actively to think about the transferability of skills gained through the study of English and/or Creative Writing. The Department, via the FASS Engagement team, will set up a number of work placements in the (broadly defined) culture, heritage and creative sectors: with, for example, publishers, museums, newspapers, heritage sites, and arts venues. Students may alternatively source their own work placements, subject to prior discussion with the course convenor. Students will pay their own transport/accommodation costs, so it is expected that placements will be either close to Lancaster University or to the student’s home.
Students will typically spend 30-40 hours with their host organisation in the Lent term and will maintain contact with the convenor throughout the placement period. Placement providers will be required to complete risk assessment and health and safety forms and to ensure an induction process. Both students and placement providers will be required to sign a Learning Agreement.