Placements

Placement Title Company Business Location
Developing Training Materials - Xerte and Moodle The Graduate School at the University of Nottingham supports postgraduates and early career research staff by offering a programme of services including training and development opportunities. Training materials are predominantly delivered via the Moodle platform and Xerte reusable learning objects (rlos) developed using Xerte online toolkits.

We have an existing Xerte rlo to update and a new one to develop plus materials that need moving from their current location to a new one in Moodle. We are looking for postgraduate student to complete some of this project work on placement with us. the ideal candidate will need a high level of computer literacy, and be a self-directed learner. You will need to show good attention to detail and possess strong organisational skills.

You should be happy to take on any other duties as required. This might include helping out with an event or filming.

Skills required:
  • Good English Language skills
  • High level of computer literacy
  • Good people skills
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to work alone and independently when necessary
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Self-directed learner
  • Familiarity with Moodle editing (desirable)
  • Familiarity with Xerte online toolkits (desirable)
  • Some knowledge of developing training materials (desirable)
Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:

The successful candidate will be responsible for the production of two Xerte rlos (with guidance) and the development of a new course in Moodle using existing materials. They will gain skills in Xerte and Moodle editing as well as insights into best practice in the development of training materials.

Successful candidates will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:
  • Editing materials using Xerte online toolkits
  • Developing and distributing new rlos using Xerte online toolkits
  • Best practice in the development of training materials
  • Editing training materials and uploading to Moodle
  • Using Moodle as an editor
Nottingham
Filming and Editing Video Content The Graduate School at the University of Nottingham supports postgraduates and early career research staff by offering a programme of services including training and development opportunities. Our training programme often includes video content, in particular short 'talking head' clips or longer workshop footage that needs editing down into short sections.

We have more filming to do and editing of existing content and we are looking for placement student who can take on some of this work. You will need to be competent with a video camera and have some previous video editing experience. You will need to be a confident communicator and have strong organisational skills. You should also have good attention to detail.

You should be happy to take on any other duties as required. This might include helping out with an event or checking materials and testing functionality in Moodle.

Please note this is more of a functional rather than creative project and that you will need to be prepared to carry a camera and tripod.

Skills required:
  • Good English Language skills
  • High level of computer literacy
  • Some expertise and confidence with a video camera
  • Experience with video editing software of some type e.g. Adobe Premiere, Camtasia, iMovie
  • Good people skills
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to work alone and independently when necessary
  • Strong attendance to detail
Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement: The successful candidate will produce a number of film clips and make them available over the web. They will gain experience in confidently filming a range of people from students to academic staff. They will further their video editing skills in particular in terms of following branding guidelines and best practice in the development of training materials. They will increase their understanding of best practice in the storage and organisation of video material in a large but disparate organisation, and will learn about copyright and data protection.

Successful candidates will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:
  • Best practice in filming short 'talking head' type interviews
  • Filming workshops
  • Using the University of Nottingham's mediahub to film talking heads
  • Uploading and editing video in mediaspace
  • Editing video, adding titles and logos, following branding guidelines
  • Copyright and data protection issues
  • Storage and organisation of raw film and edited clips
  • Uploading video clips to a central source and surfacing using different technologies
Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to develop the following key skills:
  • Lecture capture (possible)
  • Screen capture using Camtasia (possible)
Nottingham
Promotional Videos Project The Graduate School's Postgraduate Placements Scheme (PPN), first launched in 2009, offers unique placements and internships that are designed to be mutually beneficial to students and their employers. Placement students develop valuable transferable skills that enhance their employability prospects while employers have access to talented individuals who bring a fresh approach to their businesses.

We are looking for a dynamic, multi-skilled individual to plan, record, and edit a series of short promotional videos to make more postgraduate students aware of the Graduate School's PPN placements scheme.

You will need to be confident at interpreting a creative brief, and comfortable videoing and interviewing students and business people from a wide variety of backgrounds. You will also need to be able to come up with exciting but realistic ways of editing and presenting video footage, and an awareness of content copyright and creative commons licencing.

As a temporary member of the Graduate School's Learning Technology Team you should be prepared to undertake additional duties if required such as additional video and media editing duties.

Please note that you will be required to make off-site visits, and will need to be prepared to carry video equipment such as a camera and tripod.

Some flexibility around days of the week worked will be required.

Skills required:
  • good communication skills - both written and oral
  • a good sense of timing and visual awareness
  • some expertise and confidence with a video camera
  • experience with video editing software of some type e.g. Adode Premiere, Camtasia, iMovie.
  • a mixture of practical and creative skills
  • a high level of attention to detail
  • patience and concentration
  • time management skills
  • ability to work alone / independently
Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:
  • Meet with key-stakeholders about project brief
  • Interpret project brief and draft project plan / parameters
  • Interview and film selection of placement students and hosts
  • Film any additional footage
  • Edit footage
  • Show initial video(s) to stakeholder and get feedback
  • Make final versions of videos
Outcomes: One 3-4 minute promotional video and a number of shorter video clips for use in social media promotions.

The successful candidate will produce a number of video clips and make them available over the web. They will gain experience in project-planning, and in confidently filming a wide range of individuals from students to business people. They will further their video editing skills, in particular following branding guidelines and marketing guidelines.

Successful candidates will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:
  • Video editing
  • Interpreting a creative brief
  • Project planning
Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to develop the following key skills:
  • Critical thinking
  • Time management
  • Team work
Nottingham
Postgraduate Experience: Data Analysis and Visualisation The University of Nottingham is looking for someone with a keen attention to detail and interest in data analysis and visualisation to help improve the experience of our taught postgraduate students and contribute to the strategic aims of the university.

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey www.heacademy.ac.uk/institutions/surveys/postgraduate-taught-experience-survey provides a valuable source of information about the learning and teaching experience of our taught postgraduates across all five faculties. Some of the richest information is held in open text comments. This project seeks a postgraduate to analyse the open text comments from the latest PTES survey using an existing framework developed for the analysis of the comments received in the National Student Survey.

Following analysis, the postgraduate will interpret their findings and produce a report and interactive data visualisation for members of senior management in the University including the Graduate School and Transforming Teaching Programme. The report and visualisation will be used to raise awareness, inform strategic and operational planning, and identify opportunities to proactively improve student experience at the University of Nottingham.

The successful candidate will have a keen attention to detail, experience in data management, the ability to communicate with clarity, and an interest in improving student experience. Experience of data analysis and visualisation would be desirable.

The successful candidate will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following areas:
  • Building interactive data visualisations in Tableau (market leading business intelligence and analytics software)
  • Writing reports for senior stakeholders
  • Using data to generate and support evidence based decision making
  • Time management
  • Data analysis in NVivo
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Excel

The deliverables of the project will be:

  • A report identifying the challenges and opportunities for improving the teaching and learning experience of taught postgraduates at the University of Nottingham. The report will also discuss the similarities and differences between the experiences and opinions of taught postgraduates and undergraduates.
  • An interactive data visualisation to bring these data to life, created in market leading software Tableau.

The successful candidate will have the following skills:
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Strong time management and organisational skills
  • Good English language skills
  • High level of computer literacy
  • Confident handling and managing data
  • Comfortable learning new software
  • Experience in Microsoft Excel (including formulas)
  • Use of specialisation software including NVivo and Tableau (desirable; support and training can be provided)
  • Ability to work independently when necessary

The successful candidate will be required to sign a data protection agreement.

Nottingham
Social Media Campaign Development Project The company is looking to undertake a social media campaign to push the brand forward and is looking to take on a talented Postgraduate to provide a fresh perspective and to develop the social media channels and brand awareness of the business to an agreed strategy. This strategy will include segmenting the market and customer channels and targeting of brand and brand influencers for development. This is an exciting opportunity for a marketing postgraduate or a postgraduate with an innovation or entrepreneurship background to be able to contribute to the growth of a new brand through creative social media management, the development of marketing ideas and content creation/writing.

Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:
  • Drive and elevate the social media activity and strategy increasing brand presence, brand awareness and brand interaction through smart and creative digital initiatives and campaigns
  • To create content across all relevant social media channels in-line with brand guidelines and DNA
  • To build a following for the brand in-advance of the official launch, building an interest and hype around the launch of the product amongst target customers, Bloggers and Influencers
  • Someone that can work towards deadlines but also with the strong ability to work independently, thinking on the spot to create regular unique and original material for social media purposes.

Skills required:
  • Excellent knowledge of Social Media and platforms
  • Experience and/or interest in fashion is highly desirable
  • Good writing and copywriting skills are desirable
  • Experience of marketing campaigns and providing marketing ideas is essential

Successful candidates will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:
  • E-marketing and Social media
  • Content writing for SEO and social media
  • Creativity and fast thinking
  • Product launching and business development
  • Brand awareness
  • Strategic marketing and planning

Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to develop the following key skills:
  • Entrepreneurial and business start-up
  • Creativity and Innovation skills
  • Sales and Marketing skills
  • Business and commercial acumen
Leicester
Visual Merchandising Development Project If you have an interest in fashion, are self-motivated with a keen eye for detail then this placement may be for you?

The project will be to work on the development of the products online presence to provide an attractive and engaging environment for customers.

The client is a leading fashion retailer in Leicester, founded in 1992 they are looking for a talented individual to work on developing their online presence for their B2B clothing store.

Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:
  • Driving sales by reacting to seasonal fashion trends
  • Maintaining site standards and monitoring of on-site product presentation
  • Merchandising category and search pages, optimising products using detailed and logical ranking and placement rules across ALL channels/devices
  • Review and feedback on competitors - highlighting new features, trends and website functionality
  • Analysing business data on sales, site and channel performance to maximise product availability and positioning

Skills required:
  • Fashion trend-focused, with a creative background and an eye for what looks good
  • Commercially aware, ability to create written content which is readable (and preferably enjoyed) by others
  • Active internet life, comfortable using technical tools and systems
  • Ability to analyse information and propose actions as a result
  • Team player with good communication and customer service skills
  • Flexible, and open to change
  • Magento/SEO experience would be an advantage

Successful candidates will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:
  • Brand development
  • Business analysis
  • Maximising channels/devices
  • Responsiveness to developing trends
  • Content creation

Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to develop the following key skills:
  • Entrepreneurship
  • SEO management and Development
Leicester
Research and Marketing Project A laptop gets stolen in a London pub or club every 53 seconds. There is a critical need to reduce this level of criminality in order to improve customer safety, give licensees a new offer and increase confidence (and spend) in the visitor economy. The company is now requiring a marketing campaign to be researched and developed in order to get this new concept to market.

The project will produce a marketing strategy which will require:
  • Research in order to create a brand identity
  • Engage with social media
  • Development of marketing literature including website content
  • Development of an email campaign
  • Successful candidates will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:
  • Experience of working with an innovative business
  • Researching building and creating the marketing strategy
  • Experience in a using a wide range of marketing tools
  • Practical experience in supporting the launch of a new product
  • The company is looking to undertake a project to develop the brand, social media presence and identify routes to market. We want to work with a talented Postgraduate to provide a fresh perspective and to develop the social media channels and brand awareness of the business to an agreed strategy. This is an exciting opportunity for a marketing postgraduate or a postgraduate with an innovation or entrepreneurship background to be able to contribute to the growth of a new brand through creative social media management, the development of marketing ideas and content creation/writing.

    The company is a pioneering business that aims to revolutionise customer safety, initially in the pub and club environment. It is currently utilising new technologies to develop a product which will reduce the likelihood of theft from people visiting pubs, clubs and other entertainment venues.

    Skills required:

    Good English language skills, a high level of computer literacy, ability to work on own initiative and also as part of a small team, good knowledge of social media, time keeping, copy writing skills, problem solving skills and good communication skills.

    Knowledge of wordpress would be desirable, as would an understanding of corporate social responsibility and awareness of pub / club licence regulations.

    The successful candidate will be required to sign a Non Disclosure Agreement. Working arrangements for the placement are flexible and travel to the business premises is unlikely. The company is willing to travel to campus for meetings.

    Additionally the placement will offer an opportunity to develop:
  • Research skills
  • Marketing, especially social media campaign development
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Management
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to develop the following key skills:
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Exposure to a fast paced, dynamic new business
  • Developing contacts across the pub/club sector including the Police
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