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What is frontrunners?

frontrunners videos

Watch our students who have undertaken frontrunners placements talk about what they enjoyed, the skills they gained and their tips for applying. A frontrunners supervisor also reveals what he looks for when shortlisting applicants.

Frontrunners is our unique placement scheme for students.

We'll give you challenging employment opportunities and help you develop the skills you need to compete for the best jobs. Not only that, but we'll give you on-the-job training and pay you, too.

All placements are on based on campus within departments, sections and administrative areas of the University. Each placement has a supervisor who'll support and guide you along the way.

Frontrunners is open to all students. Even if you have no previous experience, our placements will give you the opportunity to beef up your CV. Placements can last up to 20 weeks and you'll usually work up to 18 hours per week over the summer vacation and up to 8 hours per week at other times.

If you've already taken part as a frontrunner, but are looking for more experience, frontrunners Plus gives you the opportunity to take your skills to the next level.

Thanks to frontrunners, lots of students have gone on to work in specialist areas after graduation.

Take a look at our success stories.

Want to apply?

We are currently advertising a number of placements to start as soon as possible in the Autumn Term. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 13 October at 12pm (noon).

Headshot“Frontrunners provides you with the opportunity to contribute to your Department and the University, undertaking achievable and tangible tasks. My placement in the Department of Sociology was highly enjoyable and provided me with a detailed insight into the administration and running of an academic Department."
Robin Brooker

Applications for staff

We're not currently accepting staff applications. The next application round for staff will be for summer vacation placements.

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