I am pleased to inform you that the reorganisation of the Aston Placement team is now complete and the team will be in place formally from 1 August 2011. In fact much activity has already started, in order to make the transition to new systems as smooth as possible and to ensure seamless support to students and employers. The new team will be meeting during July to sort a lot of logistical arrangements, including their physical location.
The key objectives of the new structure are:
To increase the number of students undertaking a placement year and to develop more opportunities for other work-based experience
To offer an enhanced service to employers and to increase the number of placements and work based learning opportunities
To continue to link with the Careers and Employability Centre and academic staff to help create the most employable students.
The Placements Team members will be organised into a team which will offer support to students and school staff and another team who will support employers and encourage them to employ our students. The structure ensures that there will be good links between the two teams.
The Placement Team will be led by Director of Employability, Nicola Turner, who will also lead the Careers and Graduate Advantage (GA) teams. Etta Parkes will take on the role of Head of Placements and Clara Wilcox will be Graduate Advantage Project Manager.
Members of the team are:
Dashi Alpion - School Placement Coordinator
Liz Byrne - Internship Coordinator, Graduate Advantage
Ruth Clarke - Marketing/Finance Executive, Graduate Advantage
Rachel Cox - International Business Development Manager
Hilary Fletcher - Marketing Executive
Claire Goodwin - Marketing/Finance Executive, Graduate Advantage
Emily Hammond - School Placement Coordinator
Serena Johal - Project Assurance Coordinator, Graduate Advantage
Carolyn Keenan - Student Placement Manager
Cathy Laird - Job Shop Manager
Emma Mason - International Placement Coordinator
Claire Merriman - Lead Placement Coordinator
Sheila Rattu - Business Relationship Manager, Graduate Advantage
Sandra Roberts - Marketing and Compliance Manager, Graduate Advantage
Angie Robinson - Employer Team Manager
Carolina Salinas - International Placement Manager
Victoria Sheedy - Marketing Executive
Julie Stonall - Internship Manager, Graduate Advantage
There were a number of other important matters raised during the consultation period which will be addressed during the transition to the new organisational structure. The timeline for the changes will be thought through carefully.
On behalf of the University, I would like sincerely to thank all staff and students who have offered constructive feedback during this consultation process.
Professor Helen Higson
14 July 2011