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University of York students from across a variety of academic disciplines are able to undertake a placement year as part of their degree. We are keen to work with local, national and international employers that have the need to access talent and skills that can be adapted into placement year opportunities.

To discuss your opportunities please contact 

Why Recruit a Placement Student?

The University of York offers research-led, high-quality teaching with an international profile and strong links with business. We develop intelligent, entrepreneurial and highly employable graduates. Placement students provide tangible benefits to your organisation through their versatility, skills and enthusiasm. A placement student can also provide the added benefit of promoting your company, and your ethos, to the next generation of the workforce.

Benefits to your business include:

  • Recruit from a wide range of student talent from across all of our world class academic departments
  • The opportunity to engage the skills, enthusiasm and cutting edge thinking of a York student for up to 12 months
  • Provides a strong pipeline for graduate recruitment
  • Offers a cost effective, low risk solution for your business needs
  • Peace of mind of employing quality and well supported students
  • Promotes your organisational values and culture to the graduate market

Hire a Work placement student

The University has excellent links with industry and a strong grasp of industry priorities. Our aim is to reduce the effort and cost usually required during the selection process via a comprehensive service which covers:

  • Project scoping
  • Expertise in advert & job description writing
  • Pro-active marketing of your vacancy
  • Shortlisting & arranging interviews
  • Pre-placement support
  • On-placement support
  • Arranging company visits/talks
  • Dedicated point of contact for queries
  • Management procedures in-place to address issues

Support for your recruitment

We are here to make the process of recruiting a placement student as simple as possible so please do get in touch if we can support you in any way. For more information visit Careers' Employers placement webpages.

Further information

Careers & Placements
Placement Year (University wide)

Department of Biology

School for Business and Society

  • Chantelle Lomax
    01904 325014

Department of Chemistry

Department of Computer Science

Department of Environment and Geography

  • Angela Purdham
    01904 322996

School of Physics, Engineering and Technology

  • Beth Medley - Physics
    01904 322850
  • Samadham Patil - Electronic Engineering
    01904 322381