Aberdeen Business School at Robert Gordon University is the only Scottish university shortlisted in the inaugural RateMyPlacement Awards, which recognise the growing significance of student placements, internships and work-based learning as the demand from industry for suitably equipped graduates intensifies. They will battle it out with Aston, Leeds and Plymouth universities for the award for the University with a Forward-Thinking Attitude to Work Based Learning.
The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony at Oxford Brookes University on January 21.
James Robertson, placement manager at ABS, said: "I am delighted for the business school as a whole to be recognised for the level of work and commitment put into work placements. The notion of work placements in higher education is something that is becoming more and more relevant as the demand for all-rounded, ready-to-work graduates becomes more competitive each year.
"Aberdeen Business School has been aware for many years that combining first-class, up-to-date teaching with work-based practical experience is one of the most effective ways to develop all-rounded graduates who are ready and willing to work and be enthusiastic about their future careers.
"This award recognition identifies the strong link between ABS and industry locally, nationally and internationally. It is the continued support and enthusiasm for the placement scheme from industry that ensures we are able to offer such excellent opportunities to our students.
"ABS has been offering placements as part of its courses for 30 years, so could be described as being one of the pioneers of this type of practical education."
Mr Robertson submitted a significant level of material to the judges which supported the nomination.
The key areas he focused on were:
- The Student Placement Award, run each year by ABS, which publicly recognises the good work students do on placement.
- The sponsoring of the Northern Star Awards by ABS and the Northern Star Placement Award, which publicly recognise the quality placements offered by organisations in the north-east.
- The work put into sourcing new and relevant placement companies and industries each year.
- The number of students at ABS who are given the opportunity of a placement each year - currently 25 courses with 600-700 students.
- ABS's experience of delivering placements as part of its courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Veronica Strachan, business manager at ABS, said: "Work-based learning is a key component to virtually all of the courses at Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University.
"It gives our graduates a real advantage in the labour market. It is not surprising that the university has one of the best employment records in the UK and brands itself as the professional university."
For further information, see www.ratemyplacement.co.uk