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Work and Opportunities Team

Chris Cole Pronouns: He/him

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Work and Opportunities Manager

Responsibilities

Chris’ role is to lead the Work & Opportunities Team, which has a focus on work experience and opportunity generation activity designed to positively impact on student experience and graduate outcomes through meaningful work-based learning opportunities, including internships, placements, micro-placements, graduate opportunities and student enterprise. 

Chris Joined Careers Network in 2017, initially supporting The University’s Access & Participation Plan activities.  Since then, he has worked supporting Businesses, Academic Schools and students with undergraduate and postgraduate placements. Chris is also a member of the Careers Network Management Team. After first joining the University in 2013, Chris coordinated the Student Services Information Team, having previously worked in the  Academic Registry and IT at Nottingham Trent University.

Will Freestone Pronouns: He/him BA Economics & Politics, ILM Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring

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Work & Opportunities Coordinator

Responsibilities

Will’s role is to Coordinate the Work and Opportunities Team and the Placements Team which focus on supporting into different forms of work experience and graduate level roles, including Graduate internships, Placement years, summer internships, short term projects and virtual/online internships.

Will builds and develops relationships with a wide variety of employers, both large and small, with the goal to promote opportunities and create exclusive ones for Loughborough students and graduates.

Will joined Careers Network in 2020 as the Employer Engagement Manager. He has over 8 years of experience within Higher Education, both nationally (5 years at the University of Leicester) and internationally (at the University of New South Wales, Sydney and University Technology Sydney). Throughout that time years he was responsible for a number of large scale events including the Festival of Careers at the University of Leicester and the Autumn Careers Fair at UNSW. Will also has a wealth of knowledge across ‘employer engagement’ building, developing and managing numerous key external relationships and supporting local SMEs with recruitment, having previously led on Employer Engagement at UNSW and Loughborough University. He is a trained coach (ILM Level 5) and has supported students through guidance and application and interview support. 

Susan Boon Pronouns: She/her Bsc Psychology & Law; PRINCE2 practitioner

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Work & Opportunities Officer

Responsibilities

Susan’s role is to support the Careers Network’s work experience and opportunity generation activity, to maximise student experience and graduate outcomes through the generation of meaningful work-based learning opportunities and matching of Loughborough students and graduates.

Susan joined Careers Network in 2022 and brings years of experience working in a variety of roles collaborating with a wide range of industry sectors such as healthcare, automotive, pharmaceutical and financial.  She has in-depth experience in client relationship building and account management, project management, operational delivery and marketing and communication and is passionate about enabling students to benefit from opportunities and experiences that will put them on the pathway to success in the workplace.

 

 

Jenny Noakes

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Work and Opportunities Officer

Responsibilities

Jen’s role is to support the Careers Network’s work experience and opportunity generation activity, to maximise student experience and graduate outcomes through the generation of meaningful work-based learning opportunities and matching of Loughborough students and graduates.

Jen joined Careers Network in 2021 after working in the Wolfson Placements Team at the University for 2 years. She has 9 years of experience working in a variety of roles across the Employment and HE sector. These have ranged from an advisory role at the ACAS, an HR position at the University of Nottingham, and as a talent spotter in a recruitment agency. She has experience in event organisation, client relationship building, sourcing work opportunities and supporting students through guidance and application and interview support. She has a keen interest in widening participation in the HE sector.

Kelly Bramley Pronouns: She/her

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Placement Officer - SSEHS

Responsibilities

Kelly provides placement advice and support and careers advice, in person and via Teams and telephone with a particular focus on students studying Sports degree programmes, She also builds new relationships with employers for placement opportunities, sends out placement bulletins and supports students all the way though the placement process from looking for a placement, securing a placement, being out on placement and finally returning back from placement into their final year. 

  • All Sports programmes within the School of Sport Exerciese and Health Sciences (SSEHS).

Kelly has worked as a Placement Officer in SDCA and Careers Network since 2021. Joining Loughborough University in 2016, she previously worked in Placement and Study Exchanges within the School of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) for three years. Prior to that, Kelly worked in Programme Administration in SSH and in the Accommodation Centre.

Kathryn Morey-Scarfe Pronouns: She/her

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Placements Officer - CSDCA

Responsibilities

Kathryn provides placement advice and support and careers advice, in person and via Teams and telephone with a particular focus on students studying Creative Arts degree programmes, She also builds new relationships with employers for placement opportunities, sends out placement bulletins and supports students all the way though the placement process from looking for a placement, securing a placement, being out on placement and finally returning back from placement into their final year.

Kathryn joined Careers Network in 2022.  Having worked previously at Lancaster University as a careers adviser and a placement officer, she has worked in careers roles for 14 years and is experienced with building employer relationships, creating placements and providing careers advice.  She also runs her own small art business.

Laura Johnson Pronouns: She/her BA Sociology and Social Policy; PGDip in Careers Advice and Guidance

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Placement Officer - SCIENCE

Responsibilities

Laura provides placement advice and support and careers advice, in person and via Teams and telephone with a particular focus on students studying Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematical Sciences, Natural Sciences and Physics in the School of Science.  Laura works in liaison with key departmental academic staff to provide advice and support for students to successfully secure opportunities, prepare for placement and optimise their work-based learning experience. She promotes placements to students via bulletins and talks, and creates and maintains productive relationships with host employers, providing a focal point for effective communication between the student, the employer and the University.

Laura joined the Careers Team at Loughborough in 2022 after spending 6 years with the National Careers Service. Prior to that she worked at the University of Derby as an administrative assistant.

Tracy Salsbury Pronouns: She/her BA Business Studies, Member of AGCAS

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Placement Officer - SCIENCE

Responsibilities

Currently undertaking a secondment year as Placements Officer with the School of Science, Tracy works in liaison with key departmental academic staff to provide advice and support for students to successfully secure opportunities, prepare for placement and optimise their work-based learning experience. She promotes placements to students via bulletins and talks, and creates and maintains productive relationships with host employers, providing a focal point for effective communication between the student, the employer and the University.

  • School of Science – including Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematical Sciences, Natural Sciences and Physics

Tracy has worked for Careers Network since 2009 in a variety of roles covering Careers Information and Projects, Employability and Work Experience initiatives. She has achieved a Postgraduate Certificate in Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education from the University of Warwick. She has previously worked in coordination and administration roles in HE Research, scientific and computing business settings, as well as in primary education SEN support. Tracy is experienced in advice and information, talk and workshop delivery; both in person and virtually, student communication, employer liaison, events and varied project work including work-shadow and mentoring schemes and employability skills development programmes.

Clare Wright Pronouns: She/her HND in Business and Finance, BA (Hons) Business Administration and Management, IOSH Managing Safely, 'SMART Handling' Manual Handling Training for Trainers

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Placements Officer - SSEHS

Responsibilities

Clare provides placement advice and support and careers advice, in person and via Teams and telephone with a particular focus on students studying Psychology and Biosciences. She also builds new relationships with employers for placement opportunities, sends out placement bulletins and supports students all the way though the placement process from looking for a placement, securing a placement, being out on placement and finally returning back from placement into their final year. 

  • All Psychology and Biosciences programmes within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS).  

Clare has worked as a placement officer in SSEHS and Careers Network since 2016. Prior to that, she joined the University in 2002, working in the School of Science as a student support administrator for 1 year and the Mathematics Education Centre (MEC) and Mathematics Learning Support Centre (MLSC) for 13 years in various administrative and supervisory roles.  Clare is also the Departmental Safety Officer for Careers Network, including as a DSE assessor, first aider, fire marshal and is also qualified in IOSH Managing Safety and ‘SMART’ Handling’ Manual Handling Training for Trainers.