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Minimum requirements, responsibilities and entitlements

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Academic Schools will

  • Provide a programme of learning that will enable students to develop and document their skills and knowledge.
  • Give support and expert guidance for finding and securing placements based on the University‚Äôs strong relationship with external placement providers.
  • Allocate each student a designated academic placement contact who will lead the partnership between the student, the placement provider and the University.
  • Provide each student with clear and comprehensive information on all aspects of the placement, designated roles and responsibilities, and available support.
  • Where opportunities with a new placement provider are being established, ensure that the placement will provide a sufficiently challenging environment in which the programme learning outcomes can be met.
  • Ensure that programme aims and assessment requirements are understood by placement providers.
  • Conduct an initial health and safety assessment of each placement, ensuring that any identified risks are appropriately managed by the placement provider.
  • Communicate with students throughout the placement and support and monitor student engagement.
  • Provide appropriate assessment opportunities that enable learners to meet and demonstrate achievement of the relevant learning outcomes.
  • Provide timely feedback on assessments that supports and promotes effective learning.
  • In accordance with the Student Attendance and Engagement Procedure, for placements (or a period of study away from the University) greater than four weeks on a taught programme Heads of School will specify minimum requirements for demonstrating engagement and ensure that the minimum requirements are monitored and recorded throughout the placement period.
  • Signpost the full range of support services available to Cardiff students whilst on placement.
  • Ensure that all students on relevant programmes of study have an equal opportunity to benefit from placement learning.
  • Ensure that reasonable adjustments are made for disabled students, working with the student, the placement provider and the Disability and Dyslexia Service as appropriate.
  • Ensure all programmes are managed and operated in accordance with the relevant Senate Regulations and Senate Assessment Regulations.
  • Provide appropriate support where difficulties arise.


Students will

  • Confirm with the School and placement provider as soon as possible:
    • acceptance of an offer of a placement;
    • the date on which the placement will begin and the expected date of completion;
    • the name of the appointed supervisor at the host organisation.
  • Ensure their contact details for the duration of the placement are kept up to date on SIMS.
  • Maintain contact with the University throughout the placement period.
  • In accordance with the Student Attendance and Engagement Procedure, students will satisfy minimum requirements for demonstrating engagement as specified by the Head of School.
  • Understand the health and safety issues relating to the placement and contribute where appropriate to the risk assessment exercise.
  • Learn about the culture of the placement host and uphold values of dignity, respect and courtesy.
  • Engage fully in the placement experience to ensure that they are able to make the most of their programme and maximise their potential.
  • Complete and submit assessments on time (both formative and summative).
  • Utilise feedback received on assessments to improve future work.
  • Recognise the skills they are developing and be able to articulate and record these appropriately.
  • Inform appointed supervisors and University contacts of any issues that arise in the course of the placement.
  • Fulfil the expectations of the Cardiff University Student Charter.


Placement providers will

  • Engage students in a challenging environment which will allow them to achieve the placement learning outcomes.
  • Be fully cognisant of the programme aims and assessment requirements set out by the University.
  • Ensure the health and safety of students. This will include contributing to the initial University-led risk assessment, providing an induction and any relevant training, and maintaining an environment which is free from harassment and discrimination.
  • Maintain effective mentoring and supervision.
  • Provide reports and feedback on student activities and performance in accordance with programme requirements.
  • Communicate to the University any issues which arise in the course of the placement.


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