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Placements – University of Reading

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    Get ready for the workplace, make connections and develop valuable skills


Gain invaluable work experience and explore your career options by taking a placement or year of professional experience during your studies.

Placements offer an exciting opportunity to enhance work-related skills and develop a network of contacts, as well as strengthening career prospects and cultivating direct experience in a potential career field.

Year of professional experience

You will have the opportunity to take a year of professional experience following your second year. This is a fantastic opportunity to hone your skills in a real work environment, gain direct experience in your chosen field, and build up your CV.

Students have recently worked for:

  • Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
  • Johnson Matthey
  • Department of Energy & Climate Change
  • Cross-Compliance Solutions
  • CO2balance
  • Network Rail
  • Forest Research
  • Thames Water

“Initially I started on a three-month unpaid placement with the Forestry Commission, and was offered a contract following that ... I gained a lot of experience and it was good fun to do as well.”

Ben Jones

BSc Environmental Science with a year of professional experience

Research projects

We offer opportunities for you to work with partner organisations on research projects. These provide a fantastic opportunity for you to work alongside employers, on a topic about which you are passionate, and develop a network of contacts. Recent examples of organisations with whom students have worked include:

  • Thames Water
  • Environment Agency
  • Reading Borough Council
  • Earth Trust
  • Reading Buses
  • West Berkshire Wildlife Group

Placements within the University

Vacation placements are sometimes available within the University through schemes such as the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme (UROP). This allows students to work as part of one of the Department's research groups during the summer.

The University's Careers Placement and Experience Centre provide all Reading students with information about a wide range of placement opportunities including:

Find a place with us for 2017 entry

Find out more about how to apply to us through Clearing and Adjustment for 2017 entry.

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