Opportunities for student placements and staff secondment are critical to enhancing the skills set of both and are essential to Fusion.
By 2012 every BU Student will have the opportunity to undertake a placement or work-based learning programme as part of their course. We will encourage students to undertake these placement opportunities internationally by providing annual student travel grants, and language training.
We will increasingly support student participation in funded exchange programmes such as Erasmus and additionally support semester study abroad and student exchange through BU strategic academic arrangements with partners worldwide.
In the context of academic staff we will support semester-based study leave, funded centrally, which will allow staff to apply competitively for study leave in order to undertake research, a practice-based industry secondment or teach at another HEI in order to broaden their skills set where it demonstrates clear benefit to their own personal development and their contribution to Fusion within BU. We anticipate that in any one semester 10% of academic staff will be on study leave. The application process will be run annually as part of the appraisal and development round and is open to all academic staff.
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