Student placement service voted UK’s best

Placement service for engineering and computing students at Coventry University is recognised at national awards ceremony

The Faculty of Engineering and Computing’s Employability and Placement Service – EC Futures – was crowned the ‘Best University Placement Service in the UK’ at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards in London. 

Now in their sixth year, the industry-sponsored NUE awards celebrate the wealth of student work placement opportunities across the country and recognise the efforts that universities, employers and students put in to making these placements a rewarding experience for all involved.

This year’s ceremony saw over 400 entries compete for a range of awards across different categories. The judging panel of experts from industry and the university sector recognised  EC Futures at Coventry University for their wide range of workplace initiatives, their professional approach, and for the strong relationships they’ve built with leading employers such as Jaguar Land Rover, Cummins, GE Aviation, Tata Technologies, Airbus, Intel and IBM.

Mike Grey, who heads up EC Futures at Coventry University, said: “We’re delighted to have won this prestigious award. It’s immensely satisfying to receive national recognition for our efforts and I’d like to thank my colleagues, our industrial partners and of course our students for helping to make our employability support package such a success. The award is testimony to their hard work.’’

“We’re here to help our students achieve rewarding, professional careers. Good jobs don’t just materialise – they require a lot of thought and some careful planning – and this forward thinking philosophy underpins our work at EC Futures.

“Last year 128 different technical employers recruited our placement students and, as well as developing their commercial awareness and a huge range of skills, our students earned £3.2 million on placement. Coventry University is one of the few UK institutions not to charge fees for the placement year, which demonstrates the commitment and investment shown by us towards developing our students’ employability.”

To see the rest of this year’s National Undergraduate Employment Awards winners, go to: nueawards.co.uk/winners