Episode 009: More on placements, and study abroad with Dr Lee Higham, plus an introduction to Inspera digital assessment

Hello and welcome to episode nine of the Learning & Teaching @ Newcastle University podcast.

There is a transcript available.

This first section is dedicated to placements and internships in industry and also study abroad opportunities. Contributors to this episode include the NU Careers Service, International Office and Industry representatives, plus students who have just started or finished their placements/internships. All hosted by the SNES Academic Lead for Employability and Enterprise, Dr Lee Higham.

In this section Lee discusses the importance of placements, what students gain from placements, and how placements have a positive impact on the business and the University in general. In the second part Lee discusses why students should consider studying aboard, the benefits they will gain, and also why studying aboard is an amazing opportunity to travel and gain unique experiences.

Did you know, according to UUKi (2017) Gone International: Mobility Works , students who go abroad as part of their degree are:

  • 9% more likely to gain a 1st or 2:1
  • 24% less likely to be unemployed
  • 9% more likely to be in graduate jobs six months after graduation
  • 5% higher wage earners six months after graduation

compared with those who don’t.

In the final part of this episode, Graeme Redshaw-Boxwell from LTDS speaks to Magnus Svendsen Nerheim from the University of Bergen in Norway about how they implemented Inspera, our new digital assessment tool, and how they got the best out of this technology. We recently launched this new software for digital exams. By adopting a specialist digital exam system, we have access to more advanced digital assessment functionality. This will enable the expansion of our digital exam provision to support more modules and larger student cohorts in future.

If you would like to get in touch or have an idea you would like to share. Please email ltds@ncl.ac.uk and use the title ‘Learning & Teaching @ Newcastle University Podcast idea’.

Links from the episode

University placement pages – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/study/your-future/work-placement/

Contacting the placement team – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/careers/workexperience/placements/

Careers Service – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/careers/

Looking for a placement – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/careers/workexperience/placements/finding/

Studying aboard – https://forms.ncl.ac.uk/view.php?id=6582058

Go Abroad Fair is on Wednesday from 1- 4 pm on 3rd November

Inspera pages at Newcastle University – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/learning-and-teaching/digital-technologies/inspera/

Inspera website – https://www.inspera.com/assessment

There is a transcript available.