Scan Article Response: 7th May 2010

The below story was printed in SCAN on Friday 7 May 2010. Although individuals are welcome to their own point of view and expressing such views are what build the road to progress and development; it is felt that this article is entirely unfair and unrepresentative of wider views held in the Management School by students on placement-inclusive programmes. By signing this petition, you are making a statement that your views are not in line with those published by SCAN. You are declaring that your experience with the placement office and personnel therein was a positive experience and that you received adequate or above-adequate support. Responses will be aggregated and used as the foundation to a rebuttal to SCAN's editor. A comments box is available if you wish to make comments, but this is not compulsory. Participation in this petition is VOLUNTARY and please only sign if you AGREE with the purpose of it. This petition has been written solely by LUMS students and is seeking the opinions of LUMS students exclusively. ORIGINAL ARTICLE (SCAN, 07-05-2010, p.14) OUTRAGE OVER MANAGEMENT SCHOOL WINNING AWARD FOR ITS PLACEMENT SCHEME Recently, when reading SCAN I came across an article which totally shocked me. Lancaster University Management School has won an award for their placement scheme! This I am totally amazed by. I am shocked that Lancaster University has won this award considering the total lack of help that students receive and the very few students who actually find placements. It would be interesting to find out who nominated 'Ann Welsby' for such an award, given that she seems to portray very little of this 'tireless effort' to any of her students and is often absent from the office vicinity. Many students this year have complained to LUSU directly that the placement scheme has not been up to standard and that 'handing us a folder full of placements' is not the kind of help we should be receiving. I can tell you that around 60 people or less this year, out of the 200 and odd students, have actually found placements and half of these did not find it through the placement office but on their own. Many feel like they are receiving very little help and it is unfair for the Management school to take credit for those placements people do find as students are putting in as much efforts as graduate students just to find anything. The placement scheme is meant to provide guidance but instead students are not being helped and are forced to change their degree subject in order to continue on at the university. I do not see therefore why Lancaster University were even nominated for this award yet alone winning it. [Anonymous Author]

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