What are Live Labs?

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What are Live Labs?

Students' Union Live Labs are opportunities for students to develop their work-readiness in real-world environments. Live Labs are available to all students and are well-suited to students with a placement requirement as part of their course. There are currently three types of live lab available; project, group and role:

A Project Live Lab, is a project based activity based in one of departments of the Students' Union or our key partners. Students will be given a detailed project brief, of a predetermined length, and allocated necessary resources. Working alongside Students' Union supervisors, who are normally from our specialist full-time staff team, the student will work towards the objectives of the brief; developing essentials aspects of our charity, whilst building essential skills and experiences.

A Group Live Lab, is a project based activity to be delivered to be delivered by a group of individuals working together as one team.

Live Lab Roles are open-ended opportunities to develop skills and experiences. They start with a role description and primary objectives, but just as with employed roles, develop as the individual settles into their role. Such roles are often in high impact areas linked to our organisational strategy, for example the development of Mental Health Services for Students, so that students can directly see and understand the impact of their work.

All live labs are flexible opportunities with real-world outcomes. Should a student wish to extend the scope or timeline of a live lab to meet their study or personal commitments, then we'll work with them to redevelop the brief to allow this. Students' Union Staff Volunteering

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