Departments should ensure that the members of academic staff involved in placement learning are competent to fulfil their role. This may require knowledge specific to the type of placement. Departments are encouraged to ensure that documentation covering the departmental role is available and that adequate handover between staff takes place when departmental responsibilities change. Placement Learning Co-ordinators should understand and be able to apply the University Health and Safety Policy and Guidance on Student Placements. The University’s Health and Safety Department provide training sessions through the Learning and Development Centre. Placement Learning Co-ordinators can also obtain advice from their Health & Safety Advisor (see http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/safety/).
The Director of International Students in the Department of Politics and International Studies is an experienced academic member of staff who normally has direct experience studying abroad, knowledge of the ERASMUS programme and foreign language competence, as does the administrative member of staff responsible for placements.
The Year Abroad Co-ordinator in the Department of German Studies shadowed his predecessor for two years prior to taking up the role. He has also attended several ERASMUS conferences.