Lancaster University’s Management School has been highly commended at the national Placement and Internship Awards for its contributions to students wishing to spend a year in industry as part of their degree schemes.
The awards, held at Oxford Brookes University on January 21st 2010, were the first of their kind and were sponsored by a variety of prestigious employers including PricewaterhouseCoopers. Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) was commended for an award aimed at recognising the quality of staff assistance given to students on a placement year.
Anne Welsby, Undergraduate Officer and Placement Manager at LUMS was nominated by students on one of the degree courses offered within the Management School and was given a special mention for her “tireless and invaluable contributions”.
David Simm, Director of the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Honours degree scheme told the Management School website that “it’s a fantastic achievement for LUMS to be highly commended for such a prestigious award […] Such success continues to position LUMS as the university of choice for students seeking work experience as part of their studies”.
Annually, over 200 LUMS students from six different degree programmes go on placement between their second and third years of study. Second year student James Hanley, due to take his placement year out next year, told SCAN “the reasons why I wanted [a placement] were to make me more employable after university with all the experience it offers, but also to put into practice what I have learnt”.
LUMS was ranked 24th in the world for 2010 by the Financial Times, beaten in the UK only by London Business School, and the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Not all universities offer the opportunity for a paid placement year to its students and this award will certainly raise the profile of Lancaster University’s Management School further both within the UK and worldwide.