Working as a Placement’s officer, my aim is to encourage and support academic theory and workplace practice collaboration - with the work-based experience consolidating and complementing the academic education. Integrating these two areas can increase a student’s employability, and my intention therefore is to set up provision and processes for planning, managing, monitoring and evaluating work-based and placement learning.
As a newly-created position in the School, the role will undoubtedly develop and evolve over time. Primarily the focus will be on enabling students to develop and achieve their academic, personal and professional potential. I will work closely with staff across the School to secure placements, assessing the appropriateness of the placement environment, and the feasibility of providing work-based learning opportunities on programmes where such opportunities are not currently provided.
I have worked for CCCU since 2004, in the original department of Sport Science, Tourism & Leisure, now the School of Human and Life Sciences. I undertook a variety of administrative roles as well as academic study and sessional lecturing before leaving for maternity leave, prior to the departmental merger. Areas explored in my BSc Psychology degree were: Personality and its relationship with the self-determination of exercise behavior, focusing on this behavior at CCCU specifically. My MSc Public Health and Health Promotion: an exploration into the internet and social support-mechanisms for those families who have children with Opsoclonus-Myoclonus Dancing Eye Syndrome. I returned from maternity leave July 2016.