Religion in Organisations in Leeds

The level 3 module External Placement: Theology and Religious Studies Beyond the University enables students to undertake placements that apply their degree-related knowledge and skills in non-academic contexts, undertaking work that is of genuine benefit to a partner organisation while gaining experience of work in a non-academic environment.

The module combines elements of independent research-based learning and wider employability skills, while providing a means to develop and maintain relationships between the University and a wide range of partner organisations to which our research and teaching is relevant. It enable students to gain experience of applying the skills and knowledge gained during their Theology and Religious Studies degree programme in non-academic contexts; and to enable students to undertake work of real benefit to our partners in public-, third- and private-sector organisations.

In 2019-2020 Jessica Soanes undertook her placement alongside NHS Hospital Chaplaincy services and produced a report reflecting of the theology of chaplaincy and the practical implications of this for patient care. You can read the report here. Jess says of the experience that:

The experience gave me a greater insight into the crucial role chaplains play in patient wellbeing. Having witnessed this, I could write with both enthusiasm and a unique insight which made the report writing process more enjoyable. The reflective nature of the placement module challenged and stretched my academic ability but has prepared me for future study with a stronger skill set and a final project I am proud of.

 

In 2019-2020 Lara Howard undertook her placement with Leeds Museums and Galleries, and produced a report on Japanese religion, which you can read here. She says of the experience that:

My experience whilst on placement with Leeds Museums and Galleries was most insightful as well as enjoyable. In particular the placement shed light on the reality of the museum environment. The process behind the organisation and selection of objects for display changes the way religion and religious spaces can be viewed. The placement also led me to wanting to pursue a career in curating and I am currently studying for a Masters Degree in Art Gallery and Museum studies.

 

A selection of further reports can be seen below.

    
Geiringer, EmmaHousing LeedsHousing Leeds External Placement Report
Final Report
2016
Myers, MariaLeeds City CouncilLeeds City Council External Placement Report
Final Report
2016
Smith, KatherineLeeds Childrens CharityLeeds Childrens Charity External Placement Report
Final Report
2016
Salter, JodieLeeds City CouncilLeeds City Council External Placement Report
Final Report
2015
Naylor, CharlotteLeeds Museums and GalleriesLeeds City Museum Placement Report: Defining Hinduism
Final Report
2015
Anthoney, RebeccaLeeds University UnionPeople of “Multiple Religious Identities” and No Faith in Inter Faith Dialogue
Powerpoint Presentation
2014
Arnold, AliceLeft Bank LeedsExternal Placement Report: Left Bank Leeds
Final Report
2014
Corbishley, ChuckLeeds Let's Get Active!Exploring religion and physical activity in Beeston: Do the Sikhs, Christians and Muslims want to engage with 'Leeds Let's Get Active!'?
Powerpoint Presentation
2014
Horne, JessicaLeeds Let's Get Active!Exploring Religion and Physical Activity in Beeston for ‘Leeds Let’s Get Active!’
Powerpoint Presentation
2014
Bound, RoisinLeeds Central LibraryTheology and Religious Studies Beyond The University: Central Library Local History Archive
Final Report
2013
George, AliceLeft Bank LeedsExternal Placement Report: Left Bank Leeds
Final Report
2013
Lederhose, SusannahLeeds City CouncilResearch whether the current method of avoiding discrimination is effective, specifically in regard to people’s religion and belief.
Final report
2013
Pearson, StanleyChurches Regional CommissionPerson and Community in Public Theology: A Challenge to Reforms in Health
and Welfare.

Final Report: Briefing Paper

2013