Frontrunners is the university’s own work placement scheme, helping you to develop your skills, knowledge, and experience in a supportive, familiar environment. We offer a range paid placements across the university, so, whatever your interests and career aspirations, make sure you get involved.

This unique placement scheme allows you to:

  • Gain valuable experience that will develop your skills and knowledge and enhance your C.V.
  • Gain insight to working within a university environment.
  • Combine work experience with your studies.
  • Receive support from a professional mentor.
  • Contribute units towards The Big Essex Award.

Placements will be advertised on Career Hub from 1 December 2021. The closing date for applications is 4 January 2022.


Vacancies will be posted on Career Hub on 1 December 2021.

How to apply

Applications for placements are made online through Career Hub. Application forms will be made available when placements are advertised on 1 December 2021.


Frontrunners is specifically for those with limited or no previous work experience. The scheme offers you the opportunity to be challenged, to question, and to reflect on your own skills development in a supported, structured environment.

If you have previously completed a Frontrunners placement or have gained other work experience, Frontrunners Plus offers you the opportunity to develop your knowledge by completing a placement involving more advanced tasks or with increased responsibilities.

Placements are open to registered students at all levels of study at the University of Essex. You must have a right to work in the U.K. to be able to participate. Full details on eligibility are available in the terms and conditions below.

Application and interview help

We understand that applying for work and the possibility of an interview may feel like a daunting prospect. However, we are here to help you with your application and support you with preparation for your interview if you are offered one. 

We will be running application support sessions in December and providing support for those invited to interview in January. If you are thinking of applying, make sure you book your place for one of our sessions on Career Hub. 

Frontrunners applicants

Date Time Booking link
Tuesday 7 December
2pm Book this session
Wednesday 15 December 11am Book this session

Frontrunners Plus applicants

Date Time Booking link
Wednesday 8 December 10am Book this session
Thursday 16 December 2pm Book this session

Information sessions

Want to know more about Frontrunners? Join us at one of the following information sessions in the lead up to the application period:

Date Time Booking
Wednesday 17 November 12pm Join this session
Friday 19 November 11am Join this session
Monday 22 November 4pm Join this session
Thursday 25 November 2pm Join this session
Friday 26 November 1pm Join this session

Monday 29 November

11am Join this session

Terms and conditions

Before you apply, it is important that you familiarise yourself with the terms and conditions below.  As an educational work placement scheme, it is important to understand that there is an expectation that, if you take on a role, you will demonstrate commitment and a desire to develop within it.

Your pay

Placements will run for up to a maximum 150 hours over a period of 10-15 weeks depending on requirement. You will be paid an hourly wage for your time as follows:

  • Frontrunners £9.24 per hour
  • Frontrunner Plus £9.50 per hour

You will be paid monthly in arrears into your UK bank account, according to how many hours you've spent on placement in the previous month.

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