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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PRHS5000M External Placement

30 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Prof. Graeme Gooday

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Taking this innovative module, students will work in collaboration with a regional or national organisation. They will engage in a clearly-defined project to support the collaborating partner, drawing on current debates, challenges, and needs. National or Leeds-based organisations from heritage, culture and the third sector will bring a brief and will support students for one full day per week. Students will then work with and adapt those briefs to their research strengths and interests.Liaising with the external organisations, students will produce external-facing and research-led outputs that will benefit the partner organisation and the wider city of Leeds and its surrounding region, or the wider national context​. That work will be supported by responsive workshop sessions and separate academic supervision of individuals/groups associated with each collaborating organisation. The nature of the outputs will depend on the needs of each project, and may take the form of: developing educational or visitor resources, archival research and cataloguing, consultancy reports, data analysis, artistic interventions, exhibitions, online resources or other forms of survey, commentary, research and analysis which will be useful to the organisation and the wider civic community. The emphasis throughout will be on developing students’ capacities to work collaboratively whilst refining transferrable skills relevant to employment in a wide range of sectors.


The module will:

• allow students to work in collaboration with a partner organisation
• foster a sense of regional belonging and civic engagement
• enable PGT students to apply university scholarship and research skills to practical issues affecting partner organisations
• allow external partners and students to co-develop placement activities
• use module activity and relationships to foster broader links with partner organisations within the Leeds City Region for student education and research
• support employability by linking scholarship and research to regional and societal needs, skills, issues and debates
• link module design to broader pedagogical issues and concerns, including the ‘civic curriculum’ agenda

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will demonstrate:

1. Competence in collaborative working that is relevant to aspects of regional culture, politics, society and economy
2. A critical awareness of how a non-academic organisation operates in the region, and the factors that influence its development and services
3. The facility to work within a public-facing research team, developing and delivering on a project brief in an ethical and professional way
4. An ability to liaise with external partners on a research project, demonstrating skills in negotiation, co-working and project management
5. A developed set of communication skills, including interpersonal and presentation skills
6. The ability to write in a sustained and reflective way about personal and team development

Skills outcomes
Students will be invited to apply subject specific research skills and interests relevant to the project brief and objectives.


Indicative workshop topics:

1. Working collaboratively with partner organisations
2. Personal skills assessment
3. Responding to and adapting a project brief
4. Relationships between organisations and audiences
5. Writing and working reflectively
6. Presentations and feedback
7. Peer-to-peer learning session
8. Writing for different audiences
In addition to these sessions, which will be for all students registered on the module, academic leads will run supervision-style sessions dedicated to those students working with the same project partners. These will focus on project-specific concerns, and support the application of research skills in the context of a particular collaboration.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours206.00
Total Contact hours94.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Students will use this time to:

- work on assessments (essay 35 hrs, presentation 15hrs, reflective log 40 hrs) (total 90 hours),
- conduct background research to inform placement activities (36 hours),
- prepare for individual academic meetings (8x5 hrs = 40 hours),
- carry out preparatory reading and exercises in advance of the group workshop sessions (8x5 hrs = 40 hours).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative feedback will be given:

1. on an essay plan, submitted in Semester 2 Week 9: academic leads will provide written feedback, with module leader(s) adding comment where relevant;

2. on the reflective logs: the module leader will give feedback using online comments and suggestions, and collective appraisal of logs in workshop time;

3. on project progress by the external partner(s) throughout, as part of liaison and project development;

4. on project progress by peer research groups, during workshop time.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay(2000 words)35.00
Presentation(individual, 10 minutes)25.00
Reflective log(2500 words, synthesis of weekly entries)40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 16/05/2023 16:47:57


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