Current placement year hires 2019-2020 

Our priority is the health and wellbeing of our students at all times and the University is following the UK government instructions on social distancing to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (covid-19). 

We understand your organisation may need to prioritise and make difficult decisions through this period.  In these decisions, we ask that our placement partners – in line with our tripartite agreement - treat our placement students as they would one of their own employees with regards to health, safety and welfare.  

If a student wishes to leave their placement, we have asked them to discuss this with line managers and HR in the first instance. The University is supportive of students who may feel unable to continue their placement. 

Where placements are terminated early, we will calculate module marks on the basis of assessments that take place, and where necessary, we will make use of our Special Cases procedures to ensure that students are not disadvantaged and are able to progress. 

We are communicating with our students on placement and will support them to make appropriate and informed decisions in relation to their wellbeing as well as their academic progression. 

2020-2021 placement year hires   

For Industrial Placement Year hires for 2020-2021, as these form an accredited part of a student’s programme, we would ask that you communicate with these students as soon as possible if you are no longer able to continue with the placement, or if the start date will be significantly pushed back.  

Where you have been in contact with the institution (for example via an Employability Team or a Placement Tutor) we would be grateful if you could also update them. 

If you do need to push a start date back, typically placements must be 9 months in length and can start anytime between June to September each year. Each placement module has its own requirements and your student or their Placement Tutor should be able to share details of their module's requirements. If you are advised there is no flexibility regarding the placement tenure, please contact: 

Please note, we are continuing to promote industrial placement year roles and we are encouraging students to keep applying. We have no plans to cease industrial placement years for 2020-2021 and if you are advertising now please see Vacancy Advertising below. 

2020-2021 graduate recruitment and summer internships 

We understand that many organisations are facing disruption at this time which may affect summer internship, placement year and graduate recruitment.  

For those students with offers already made to them, as you will be aware many students will have made plans such as organising accommodation, declining other job offers and changing their plans for the coming summer or year, as such we would be grateful if you can update them as soon as possible.   

If feasible at this time, we would ask that you communicate with students who are at interview or offer stage with an update on the current recruitment position of your firm or where relevant specific roles. Please let us know if we can help with any communications, we appreciate you may have a reduced team and we have colleagues on hand to assist.   

Student assessment and progression 

We understand that many firms are keen to hear what, if any changes we are planning to make to assessments, when students may receive their results and how we are calculating marks. As this is an evolving situation, we recommend that you review the latest University guidance which outlines the institutions position on student education and exams.  

Vacancy advertising 

We are continuing to promote a range of vacancies including those immediately available, virtual and for 2020-2021 starts. You can post your vacancies on our MyCareer platform and we are encouraging students to also continue to apply. If you have live vacancies that you are no longer advertising, please log into the system and amend your vacancy. Alternatively email and we will close your vacancies on your behalf.  

If you're interested in working in partnership with us, and have roles exclusively for University of Leeds students, you can access the Leeds Internship Programme, our fully managed free recruitment service. If you are an SME or a charity, we may have funding available for you to access, please email for more details. 

Virtual internships  

We have a team currently working to develop resources for employers and students looking at alternative options to gain work-based learning virtually. If you would like some support with exploring a virtual internship, please contact 

Presentations and careers fairs 


We are able to facilitate virtual presentations for the remainder of Semester 2 (until June 2020), please get in touch if you’d like to organise one with the team, and we can talk you through how this would work:  

Our Spring Careers Fair 2020 has been postponed and we are exploring virtual options in the coming weeks. Once we have made a decision we will update parties who registered interest and we will update this site as well.  


We expect to run our usual Autumn programme, and we are reserving dates for presentations for Semester 1 (October - December 2020), please get in touch if you would like to reserve a presentation date  by emailing 

If you are interested in attending one of our Autumn 2020 careers fairs: 

  • Autumn Fair: Monday 5 October 2020 
  • Volunteering Fair: Tuesday 20 October2020  
  • Law Fair: Thursday 15 October 2020 
  • STEM Fair: Thursday 22 October 2020 

Please register interest by emailing Whilst we cannot guarantee at this stage it will be an in-person event, we are working on this basis for now.  

Student volunteering 

In light of the current situation with covid-19 we will only be promoting online volunteering and volunteering as a part of government-led responses to the current situation. This is in line with government recommendations on social distancing. We anticipate that most of the opportunities currently on Leeds for Life will be on hold for the foreseeable future. 

We would advise students need to safeguard themselves and only undertake opportunities if they are not in an at-risk group and are currently in good health. The NCVO has a page of advice on volunteering, visit the NCVO website for more information