Thursday 2 January 2014
QM's QProjects Work Experience Scheme is one of three programmes in the running for Employability Initiative of the Year at the Guardian University Awards 2014, the newspaper’s annual celebration of excellence and innovation in higher education. QProjects places QM students into east London charities to deliver projects that would otherwise be delayed or not go ahead because of a lack of resources. Through QProjects, over 200 students were placed into 34 charities in 2012-13.
Students are given the opportunity to put their university studies into practice, acting as consultants; gaining workplace experience, tackling problems and leading on projects:
- Biomedical students as ‘Health Workshop Project Leaders’ at the NHS East London Foundation Trust
- Maths and economics students as ‘Data Analysis Project Leaders’ at the Phoenix Education Trust
- Computer science students as ‘Web Build Project Leaders’ at Bromley-by-Bow Health Partnership
- Law students as ‘Case Work Project Leaders’ at Tower Hamlets Law Centre
As part of the scheme, QM Careers and Enterprise team creates job profiles for students, shortlists and co-interviews candidates and pays their travel expenses. Queen Mary Students’ Union, which leads on volunteering at the university, partners the scheme.
Queen Mary is committed to raising graduate employment rates and aims to increase by 50 per cent the number of students volunteering in the local community by 2015.
The Guardian University Awards recognise and reward projects in universities that demonstrate innovation, collaborative delivery and meaningful impact both inside their institutions and beyond, with the potential to inspire others.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 26 February 2014.
Find out more about QProjects and how you can get involved.