The Global Experiences Team look after the business school’s placement year opportunity, and we believe that every student should have access to opportunities and events that improve employability and professional skills.

We run a range of different activities for undergraduate students, including the Professional Practice Year, information workshops, employer lectures, business trips and more!

UG Professional Practice Year

The Professional Practice Year (also known as placement year, year in industry, etc.) is a fantastic way for undergraduate students to gain experience in a field relevant to their degree. The PPY opportunity bridges the gap between not having relevant work experience when graduating, and having a well-rounded experience at university. Students are supported throughout their degree to find their placement opportunity through virtual information sessions and through guidance, as well as connecting with employers and opportunities through the Global Experiences Team, who look after undergraduate employability within the business school.

If you’re an undergraduate student in Level 1 or 2, and would like to know more about the PPY, get in touch with the team to find out more! Otherwise, consult the PPY Blackboard site, which contains all the information you need. You will have been enrolled automatically on this Blackboard module, so if you cannot access it please email us.

UG University Business Challenge

Undergraduates from the Business School can apply for this year’s round of the University Business Challenge! Students can take part in a simulation-based business competition which has been running for the past 24 years. By participating in the UBC, students will improve their knowledge of the business world, develop their employability skills, meet potential employers and enhance their CV – as well as cash prizes for the winners!

Applications are currently open for the Academic Year 2023-24.

LIBS Employability Trips

The LIBS Global Experiences Team, who look after undergraduate employability in the business school, have previously run funded field trips which have included an employability-focused visit to businesses and organisations. In the 2022-23 academic year our employability trips were to Killarney, Ireland and London. The Killarney trip featured excursions to local businesses and companies, national parks, and employability focused workshops, and enhanced the student understanding of how local tourism benefits economies, as well as the skills and experience employers look for within job roles and applications. The London trip also took students to the CPID Festival of Work to allow students to network with employers, as well as visits to the Taj Hotel in St James Court and the Bloomberg headquarters in the City, which expanded upon students’ understanding of Bloomberg through the university’s very own Bloomberg Suite.

Watch closely for news of the next employability trip! The below application link is not live currently but will be soon.