Meet Our Team
Meet Our Professional Employability Team
We send current students information about different placement and internship options on a regular basis. Just like other jobs, placement and internship positions are obtained through a competitive application process therefore we can’t guarantee that you will be successful in securing a position, however our placements team will help you to identify suitable opportunities and support you in preparing your application.
We provide extensive personalised advice and support before, during and after your placement or internship. You can get in touch with us at any time with questions or to ask for advice.
Lucy Hutchinson - Faculty Placements Officer
Lucy is the Placements Officer for the Arts and Social Sciences, and is on a part time secondment as Enterprise Education Manager for the Research and Enterprise Team. Lucy has previously managed all project areas within the employability team but now focuses on in-curricular Work Based Learning modules, which combine employability education with personal development and work placements in the creative and cultural industries.
Prior to working in Placements and Employability, Lucy ran her own business as an events and marketing photographer and has previously worked with names including Sony, Kendal Calling, Leeds Festival, Stormzy, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Clean Bandit. Lucy now focuses on helping students to build their experience and recognise their potential through 1:1 coaching, in-curriculum teaching, and events such as the annual Creative and Cultural Industries Week.
Outside of work, Lucy still photographs occasional events, volunteers with local youth charity Escape2Make, and competes in Powerlifting.
Tania Hughes - Placements
After obtaining a postgraduate qualification in Corporate Communications and Public Relations in Toronto, Canada, Tania knew that her interests and strengths lay within the Higher Education sector, notably in helping students with improving their employability and self-confidence. Tania joined the Arts and Social Sciences Employability Team (ASSET) as a Placements Coordinator in March 2021 and has since enjoyed working with many students who are looking for a perfect work placement or for a short-term internship to gain valuable work experience. Having been in the shoes of an international student, Tania is also keen to provide tailored career guidance and coaching to international students looking for work experience in the UK. She’s available for one-to-one virtual and in-person meetings and workshops to discuss students’ career interests, placements and internships search, CV tailoring, Cover Letter writing and mock interviews!
In her spare time, Tania enjoys travelling, experiencing other countries’ cultures and learning different languages. She speaks fluent Russian, Ukrainian, English and conversational French.
Rosemary Hindley - Internships
Rosemary has worked in project management at Lancaster University for 20 years and also did her undergraduate degree here (BA Hons Religious Studies). She worked in the Department of Continuing Education for eight years, then moved to the Management School to support a five-year project in Operational Research. She was Programme Officer of the Lancaster China Catalyst Programme before becoming Administrator of the STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training in the department of Mathematics and Statistics, and then Manager of the Envision Doctoral Training Partnership in Lancaster Environment Centre. Rosemary started as the FASS Placements and Internships Co-ordinator in November 2019. She is currently on a part-time secondment as Partnership Development Officer with the Morecambe Bay Curriculum.
Amanda Weston - Faculty Placements Development Officer
Amanda has a first-class BA (Hons) in the Social Sciences (Education) from Durham University and an Association of University Administrators’ Postgraduate Certificate, with distinction, in Higher Education Administration, Management and Leadership. With a background in banking and more recently significant experience in higher education professional services administration supporting research and teaching and learning functions at Durham, Lancaster and Newcastle Universities, Amanda joined the Employability Team in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Lancaster University in September 2021.
Amanda is developing relationships with external organisations with a view to forming lasting stakeholder engagements and collaborative working that will strengthen the student experience in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. If you are an organisation that would like to work with us in this valuable area, perhaps through a voice on our Faculty Employers Advisory Forum or developing student internships and placements with us, please contact Amanda for an informal and explorative conversation: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The support we provide will include some or all of the following, depending on the type of placement you choose:
- Helping you to choose which scheme is best for you
- Identifying the kinds of position that would interest you
- One-to-one support with applications and interview practice
- Workshops to develop skills such as confidence, communication, time management and presentation
- Advice on where you will find placements advertised and how to approach a company to explore possibilities
- Keeping in touch regularly throughout the placement over email, telephone calls and video catch-ups
- Reviewing the placement on completion