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Local business can benefit from student placements

2 March 09

The University of Bradford is offering the services of its brightest students to local businesses as part of its Summer Experience programme.

The annual scheme sees students placed in organisations across the Bradford district for four to twelve weeks during the summer, working on specific projects that firms wouldn't normally be able to resource.

Local businesses can benefit from projects in the areas of business analysis, marketing planning, market research, multimedia projects, graphic design, computer programming, new product development and process re-engineering.

The University's Knowledge Transfer team is now looking for local organisations that would be interested in taking a placement student. 

Melanie Powell, Business Partnerships Manager at the University, said: "The Summer Experience 2008 was our most successful year yet with twenty-five students and graduates working with local businesses on different projects over the summer. Some of the students impressed their host companies so much with the quality of the work and their enthusiasm for their projects that they continued to work with them on an ongoing basis. This gives benefits to both the students and the companies."

Placements are available to companies, local authorities, charities and not-for-profit organisations. Students work full-time (35 hours a week) on paid placement for 4-12 weeks between June and August at a cost of £200 per week.

For more information about the Summer Experience programme, contact Melanie Powell on 01274 236227 or email

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Case Study

The University's Knowledge Transfer team held a competition for their 'most enterprising' summer placement student of 2008. Charlotte Miller, 3rd year Marketing undergraduate, won the Judges Commendation Prize for using her initiative to develop an annual fundraising strategy and explore different Marketing tools.

Charlotte spent her placement at Village-to-Village, a small registered charity seeking to support positive and sustainable livelihoods in East Africa. Charlotte helped to develop the website so that people could donate online, has created an online Christmas catalogue and jewellery shop. She also organised a series of events to raise funds.

Anna Toner, Chair of Trustees, Village-to-Village said: "We have been impressed by Charlotte's ability to take on a large role in a small organisation. Charlotte has used her ideas very intelligently in her work- she has been able to extend her brief and to find new areas of work using her analytical and creative skills. Having Charlotte in the organisation has been a very positive experience; she is mature and responsible in her attitude and I have been very impressed with the benefit she brought to us."

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Out of office hours call 07879 437996. Alternatively, e-mail or fax on (01274) 236280.