The University of Birmingham runs a postgraduate programme called MA Policy into Practice, which includes a work placement element. It is looking for social enterprises, third sector organisations and charities that can host what are intended to be mutually beneficial placements.
The University of Birmingham’s postgraduate ‘MA Policy into Practice’ (with integrated placement) programme has been running for over ten years. It primarily attracts senior South Korean government officers who have been competitively selected for overseas study. These are mid-career civil servants with a number of years experience in government. They generally have good English skills and are familiar with the work of governmental organisations.
They come to Birmingham for two years to complete a Masters degree programme and undertake a work-based placement of up to 20 weeks (typically three short days each week). Their areas of interest and expertise vary but most are in the broad social policy areas. Many are interested in the voluntary sector and social enterprise.
The university is currently organising placements for these students and is inviting social enterprises and third sector organisations to apply to host one of these students.
Ideally a work-based placement should be be of value to both the organisation and the students. The university works with organisations to devise a programme of work which will be useful for the organisation and interesting for the students. This might include undertaking a small piece of research or contributing to a larger research project, volunteering, administrative work and shadowing/supporting organisation staff, or supporting event planning and organisation.
If you would like more information about hosting a placement, please send mail to Dr Kelly Hall or ring her on 0121 415 8027.
Dr Kelly Hall, Lecturer in Social Policy, Director of Policy into Practice Programmes
University of Birmingham