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Work and Opportunities Team

Chris Cole Pronouns: He/him

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Work and Opportunities Manager

Kelly Bramley Pronouns: She/her

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Placement Officer - SDCA

Responsibilities

Kelly 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. 

  • All Creative Arts programmes within the School of Design and Creative Arts (SDCA).

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.

Sophie Flight Pronouns: She/her

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Enterprise & Opportunities Officer

Responsibilities

Sophie is part of the Loughborough Enterprise Network team which supports our students and graduates to start their own businesses or learn entrepreneurial skills.  She is responsible for a range of activities supporting students with skills, knowledge, funding, and access to networks, all to build successful and sustainable businesses. A few examples of Sophie’s responsibilities include:

  • Our social media and comms, keeping the vibrant community connected
  • Workshop design and delivery
  • Supporting business ideas in Business and Enterprise coaching
  • Supporting the Talent Match Enterprise stream

Sophie is a true advocate of enterprise and start-ups. She has supported the development of Start-up Businesses and Enterprise in Higher Education and has an extensive background in projects and careers advice across 2 universities.

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. 

Ru Mistry Pronouns: She/her BA (Hons) Business Studies

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Placements Officer - SSEHS

Responsibilities

Ru has responsibility for co-ordinating Placements and Work Based Learning activities for the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. 

Ru graduated from The University of Wolverhampton in 1997 with a BA (Hons) in Business Studies. She spent 14 years working for National Grid before she joined the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences in 2009.  Ru has worked in a variety of roles within the School, including the Clinical Sleep Research Centre, the Dean’s Office, Finance and the Undergraduate Team. In 2013 Ru moved to the SSEHS Placements Team and has:

  • Provided high-level application support and skill development to Sport Exercise & Science, Sport Management & Sport Coaching & Physical Education students
  • Engaged and supported SSEHS students and academic colleagues throughout the placement process.
  • Cultivated new and maintained strong relationships with employers in the sports industry

In August 2015, Ru joined Careers Network (Work and Opportunities Team) continuing to support SSEHS sport students.

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.

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.