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Health and Safety for Student Placements- Good Practice for Placements Guides – Volume 3 (ASET) 

Hard copies available on request, free to member institutions(postage and packing will be charged), £15 per copy (plus postage and packing) to non-member institutions.


The world of work can be risky.  For some people it results in health problems, injury or death.  People entering work for the first time are more vulnerable than others and for many students a placement is their first experience of full-time work.

Everyone involved in a student placement has an ethical responsibility to do what they can to reduce the chances of harm to the student and the harm that a student may do to others.  HEI staff can influence these things and this document provides practical guidance to help them.

It should be noted that, arising from the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, there is also a legal responsibility, at least on HEIs situated in the UK, to do this.

In addition to reducing the risk to students, following this guidance should enable you to demonstrate, in the event of legal action being taken in the UK against the HEI following an adverse effect on a student’s health or safety (or an adverse effect on an employer caused by a student) arising from a student placement, that you have done what can be considered as reasonably practicable to discharge your duty of care.


A Good Practice Guide for Placement and Other Work-Based Learning Opportunities in Higher Education - Good Practice for Placements Guides – Volume 2 (ASET)  Free hard copies (on request) and electronic download


Placements involve a significant integrated period of work-based learning that is distinctly different from casual work or any other work not related to the course of study. For this to work well it is important that all involved - the HEI, student and employer - work together before, during and after the placement.

The HEI should build the requirements into the course at the design and validation stage, covering learning outcomes, criteria for exemption, preparation for placement, and details of assessment and accreditation. These must then be communicated to the student at the appropriate stages from recruitment through to preparations for, completion of, and debriefing from the placement.

The HEI needs to provide academic and administrative support for the student to optimise the preparations for and implementation of the placement experience.

The student should accept responsibility for finding and delivering a suitable placement, meeting the university requirements including assessment, while also operating as an ambassador for the university while working for the employer. The student should take every action necessary to get the most out of the placement learning experience, in terms of building key skills, relating the experience to academic learning wherever possible, and using the opportunity to consolidate career planning.

The employer should think through the reasons for taking a placement student and ensure that the student recruited is appropriate to the post being filled, and will be progressively developed rather than overwhelmed. Students are good value for money but should not be treated as cheap labour; in all respects they should be treated in the same way as other employees, given appraisals, even disciplinary treatment if that is appropriate.

In all regards the employer should work with the student and university to enable the learning experience to take place.

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Managing Placements with IT and Online - Good Practice for Placements Guides – Volume 1 (ASET) £25 

In recent years the issue of managing placements using IT has been high on the agenda during ASET events, with a number of institutions showcasing their in-house systems for our members. These systems were widely appreciated and it became apparent that there was a greater need to consolidate the knowledge of those individuals producing these systems for the benefit of all members. In response to the perceived need for national guidance in developing IT systems to manage placements, ASET established a trans-institutional working party, bringing together the country’s leading developers of in-house systems, to write this publication. This guide can be used to aid the design of in-house IT systems to manage any period, location or type of placement.  The prompting and record keeping facilities incorporated in such systems also positively promote effective and comprehensive placement management, in line with recommendations in the ASET and QAA Codes of Practice, and so this topic was chosen to inaugurate our new series of Good Practice for Placements Guides.

As well as ordering direct from ASET (see below), this publication is also available for purchase with debit/credit card from Amazon.  Please follow this link.

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Are E-Portfolios an Asset to Learning and Placement - Report Summary (ASET and DMU)  Free

A professionally printed glossy Report Summary of the ASET funded research project on innovative methods in the assessment of work-based learning.  Please follow the link below and complete an order form to request free copies.

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Experience-Based Learning within the Curriculum - A Synthesis Study (Lesley Davies) £22

This study was completed in 1990 and represents a comprehensive review of the arguments and issues of Supervised Work Experience.  It covers all the theoretical and practical aspects relating to the unique experience which is designed to bridge Academic and Vocational Aspects under the various guises of Placement/Sandwich/Cooperative Education with reference to all the major disciplines. 

Supplemented by numerous figures and tables with 17 appendixes and an extensive list of references, this work is indispensable for placement tutors, administrators and employers.  It is eminently readable and relevant for students, particularly in preparation for and during placement.  It is essential for reference and research.

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Proceedings of the 2013 ASET Annual Conference, University of Greenwich, September 2013

Contains Keynote addresses/presentations from:

  • SirTim Wilson DL
  • Lewis Wiltshire, Twitter

As well as Plenary sessions :

  • Launch of the New ASET Good Practice Guide
  • Employability at the HEA
  • Developing Quality Placements Opportunities: a survey of provision and good practice
  • What could happen if we don't embrace the "Social" Revolution?

There are also notes and slides from 17 Practitioner Workshop sessions and 8 research papers/presentations and the ASET Research Bursary 2013 report.

The full conference proccedings are available for download here: ASET Conference Proceedings 2013

Proceedings from previous year's conferences are also available for download:

2012 ASET Annual Conference, You can now download the Proceedings here ASET Conf Proceedings 2012

2011 ASET Annual Conference, You can now download the Proceedings here ASETConf Proceedings 2011

2011 ASET Annual Conference, you can now download Research Papers from the Conference here Research Papers 2011

2010 ASET Annual Conference, You can now download the Proceedings here ASET Conf Proceedings 2010

2009 ASET Annual Conference, You can now download the Proceedings here ASET Conf Proceedings 2009

2008 ASET Annual Conference, You can now download the Proceedings in summary format here ASET Conf Proceedings 2008

2007 ASET Annual Conference, You can now download the Proceedings here ASET Conf Proceedings 2007

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Copies of previous years' proceedings can still be purchased from Amazon:




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Reference copies of all our publications can be found in the British Library and the 5 other Legal Deposit Libraries - Bodleian Library (Oxford), Cambridge University Library, National Library of Scotland (Edinburgh), Library of Trinity College Dublin and National Library of Wales (Aberystwyth).




To order any of the above, please contact the ASET Office 0114 234 5197

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