Teesside University GetAhead Initiative
GetAhead is all about making the most of your experience at Teesside University. By getting involved and getting experience now, you’ll get ahead in the future.
We offer a wide range of opportunities outside of your degree programme. This website makes it easy for you to explore these opportunities. By exploring your options and getting involved outside of the lecture theatre, classroom, lab or studio you can complement the skills you develop through your studies.
The website also supports our graduates by promoting specialist opportunities for them.
Our dedicated portal will help you in:
- finding work experience
- getting volunteering
- learning from our enterprise programmes
- meeting a mentor
- developing your professional skills
- searching for a student job
- showcasing your work in industry competitions
- networking, networking, networking.
Explore and Get involved:
You can get started by one of the following ways:
Teesside University - Statement on placements and internships
1. Teesside University is committed to developing graduates who make a highly positive contribution to the economy and society.
2. As part of this, we actively encourage the participation of our students and graduates in community and business activities. This participation includes University initiatives such as:
- Volunteering with community groups and organisations (facilitated through Voluntees)
- Developing enterprise skills and an entrepreneurial mindset through involvement in entrepreneurs@tees
- Sandwich placements with employers as part of a degree course
- Gaining work experience through short paid or unpaid placements with employers for periods of up to 2 weeks
- Actively contributing to organisational operations and development through paid internships of up to 12 months’ duration
- Providing a series of opportunities for extra-curricular short workshops across all three years of a degree programme, aimed at enhancing employability skills and individual CVs.
3. The University adheres to AGCAS guidance for HE careers services, and makes a clear distinction between:
- Volunteering for community development
- Short-term work experience for the acquisition of work-ready skills and attributes
- The fulfilment of a specific job role within an organisation
4. For this reason, any work placement with an employer lasting beyond 2 weeks will be viewed as remunerable, and should consequently be treated as paid employment.
5. Where defined (programme) learning outcomes apply to a work placement, Teesside University TQS: Placement Learning Regulations and the QAA Code of Practice for the Assurance of Academic Quality and Standards in Higher Education will apply.
Note: This document sets out the University’s position, and does not apply to any individual arrangements entered into with employers.