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Faculty of Health and Social Sciences Practice Learning and Employability Unit


The Practice Learning and Employability Unit manages practice learning process for all of the courses within the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences covering professional placements work based learning and employability opportunities.

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Working in partnerships with other HEIs, Health Education Yorkshire and Humber and Care Commissioning Groups (CCGs), public health, social care and private, voluntary and independent organisations we aim to foster best practice in placement learning.

We provide clear and effective processes to support practice learning and to manage the quality of the student experience and source and allocate up to 3500 placements annually. We also provide support and guidance for our academic groups who are developing placement partnerships with new and emerging employers, in order to maximise the learning opportunities across a range of professions. We also provide training across all professions for mentors and practice educators to enable them to provide effective support for our students in practice.

The Unit works closely with course teams and Services for Students, the Student Union and the International Office to enhance the employability skills of our students. We provide careers advice, employer engagement opportunities and job seeking skills to maximise job prospects for our graduates.

The Unit has 2 academic Co-Directors, Catherine Coates and Fiona Harrison and the placement support services team is as below:

  • Gareth Robertshaw, Student Administration and Interim Practice Learning Manager
  • Laura Harding, Practice Learning Team Leader
  • Vanessa Amis, Senior Officer
  • Jen Covey, Practice Learning Administrative Officer
  • Laura Brown, Practice Learning Administrator
  • Manda Lister, Practice Learning Administrator
  • Oliver Grabowski, Practice Learning Administrator
  • Fazana Boston, Practice Learning Administrator


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Opening Hours

  • Monday to Thursday 8:30am - 5pm
  • Friday 8:30am - 4pm

Contact Us

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Laura Harding

Practice Learning Team Leader
Telephone: 0113 812 5649

Vanessa Amis
Senior Officer
Telephone: 0113 812 9231

Jen Covey

Practice Learning Administrative Officer
0113 812 4404

Clare Edwards
Practice Learning Administrative Officer 
Telephone: 0113 812 9326

Laura Brown
Practice Learning Administrator
Telephone: 0113 812 9232

Oliver Grabowski
Practice Learning Administrator
Telephone: 0113 812 6786

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