What is frontrunners?
Watch our videos to hear students talk about what
they enjoyed most, the skills they gained and their tips for applying. Frontrunners supervisors and a careers advisor also reveal what students
should look out for when applying for placements.
frontrunners is the University’s unique placement scheme which gives
students the opportunity to undertake challenging employment around campus
and develop the higher-level skills they need to compete for the best jobs.
The scheme is open to all University of Essex students, and offers paid,
There are two levels: frontrunners and frontrunners
Plus. Placements are between one and three terms long,
and up to 8 hours per week during term-time and
Christmas and Easter; 20 hours per week over the summer.
frontrunners also supports students in developing their
ability to reflect on and articulate the skills they
have acquired. Many frontrunners have gone on to work in
specialist areas after graduation which relate directly
to their placement experience. Have a look at our
success stories for further details.
Applications open for students (summer)
We are currently re-advertising a number of
summer placements that will start in June-July. The closing date for
applications is 29 April 2014 at 5pm. Students graduating in
July are not eligible to take part. Interviews will take place as soon as
possible after the closing date.
Applications open for students (autumn)
We are advertising placements that will start in the
Autumn Term 2014-15. The closing date for applications is 19 May
2014 at 12pm (noon). It is expected that interviews for these
placements will take place between 9-23 June.
Applications for staff
We are not currently accepting any staff applications for a frontrunners
placement. The next application round will be to have a frontrunner for the
Spring Term 2014-15. We will announce more details in due course.
“I've enjoyed every single moment of my frontrunners placement, especially
because it's not just a job, but a stepping stone into the wider world of