Community Placements

In response to Covid-19

The scheme will continue to run for students currently on placement, as along as the placement provider are happy for you to work remotely. For students who cannot complete their placement, we working with placement partners to rearrange your working hours. We understand that some of you may be dependent on this income, so those with confirmed placements will be paid for their hours, even if your placement is postponed. 


MDXworks has tons of employability advice to help you during your video interview, or tips on balancing work-life at home and the importance of resilience during these times. Click here to find out more. 

What is the placement scheme?

MDXSU provides Middlesex students paid opportunities to put their studies and skills into practice by helping in local businesses, faith and community groups. The scheme is aimed to make Barnet a better place to live for everyone - with Middlesex students, the university, local organisations and the students' union all benefiting from the initiative. 

Designed to fit around your studies and commitments, as well as boosting your employability and developing your experience of the working world that will make you stand out to future employers! Placements are approximately 4 hours per week, for 6 weeks (but may vary). We're also an accredited Living Wage Employer and pay in-line with the London standard of £10.75 per hour

To apply for any placement roles, you will need to register with Middlesex Unitemps. If shortlisted, you may be invited to attend a short interview. Need some tips? Click below or scroll to the bottom of the page for most frequently asked questions.




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Looking to find placements and jobs relevant to you? Attend CareerConnect, MDXworks' placement and work experience fair with employers and the Community Placements team on 6th February 10am-4pm in the Quad. Click here to REGISTER YOUR INTEREST or turn up on the day.


Community Placements Scheme FAQs

Am I eligible to apply for a Community Placement role?  

If you are currently studying at Middlesex university and have the Right to Work in the UK, you are eligible to apply for available Community Placement roles.  

If you are an international student and permitted to work (Tier 4), your maximum working hours per week is 20 hours. Please check that the required shifts for the role you wish to apply for do not exceed these, as they may vary. 

How long is the placement, will I be paid and how much?  

All MDXSU Community Placements are paid positions and abide to the London Living Wage of £10.55 per hour.  

The London Living Wage is based on the cost of living and is voluntarily paid by employers who believe a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. Click here to find out more. 

Each placement is approximately 4 hours per week for 6 weeks and pay £10.55 per hour but can vary. 

What is UniTemps? How do I register with MDX UniTemps?  

UniTemps at Middlesex University is part of the university’s MDXworks that acts like a recruitment agency on-campus (CG07, College Building).  

All Community Placement roles are contained on the Middlesex UniTemps site, along with other great work opportunities for part-time work.  

To apply for any of these, you must register and create an account. Click here or go to to register.  

Please ensure you select ‘Middlesex’ as your Primary Unitemps Branch 

I’m now registered with UniTemps. How do I apply for Community Placement roles? 

Each available role will have a Job Description listed through UniTemps.

Please ensure you have read these before starting your application, as they include key information and what skills are required for the job.  

Do I need to submit a Covering Letter?  

For each job, you will be required to write a cover letter alongside uploading your CV. You will be asked following questions;  

What interests you about this opportunity? 

Talk about your motivations to apply and give a sense of your personal connection to this role. 

Demonstrate that you understand the role you’re applying for and pick out parts within the job details that sparked your interest to apply. You might want to think about; 

  • Is it related to your course? 

  • Do you need to do a placement? 

  • Is it related to your long-term career goals? 

  • What about the organisation stands out to you? 

  • Do you have a passion for the cause? 

  • Why would you be particularly good at it? 

  • Share examples where you’ve done something similar in the past. 


Why are you the perfect candidate for this placement? 

Talk about your skills and part experiences – even if you don’t have experience in that related field. This includes any part-time, internships or volunteer work. Give one example from your previous work that has allowed you to develop the skills that is required for the available Community Placement job.  

Why is this experience important to you? 

Tell us about how the role will support your personal development, develop your skills, complement your studies and/or benefit you in the future. Including, your aspirations and why it’s important for you to be involved in community work.  

Be honest. What are you going to get out of this? 

  • Will it help your future career? 

  • Want to be involved in something you’re interests in? 

  • Want to explore different industries, to decide what you want to do later? 

  • Just want to try something new and develop your skills? 

  • Will it complement your studies? 

  • Will it help your personal development? 

Are you a current Middlesex University student? If so, which course are you studying and what year are you in?  

All applicants should be current students at Middlesex University in order to undertake a Community Placement. Letting us know your course and year of study is useful for us to measure which students are accessing these opportunities.