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Act 21, 2001 (XXI) – Act anent Student Placements. 24th May 2001.

The General Assembly, recognising the great value of Student Placements as an integral part of the programme of ministerial training, instruct the Training of the Ministry Committee to implement from the end of Session 2001-02 a Second Placement of Students Scheme in the following terms:

1 The second placement will ordinarily be at the end of the second year of studies of a three year course and after the third year of a four year course, and will normally be of six weeks duration.

2 The choice of placement will ordinarily be from one of the following: a vacant charge under the supervision of an experienced interim moderator; a home mission or cross-cultural situation under the supervision of an experienced worker; an overseas placement under the supervision of an experienced expatriate missionary or national worker.

3 The choice of location will be made by the Professor of Practical Theology in consultation with the Convener of the Training of the Ministry Committee.

4 Reports from the placement supervisor and the student will be submitted in accordance with guidelines laid down by the Professor of Practical Theology. These reports will become part of the student’s overall assessment.

5 The Professor of Practical Theology will provide written reports on each student’s placement for the Training of the Ministry Committee, who will in turn pass them on to the student’s home Presbytery.

6 The Training of the Ministry Committee will be responsible for paying six weeks’ remuneration at the rate of the current residential supply expenses for students. In addition the Committee will pay travelling expenses to any placement location within the United Kingdom, but will not be responsible for local costs.

7 The Professor of Practical Theology will ensure that suitable accommodation is available and that adequate local arrangements are in place for covering the costs of such accommodation.

8 It shall be competent for the Professor of Practical Theology, in consultation with the Convener of the Training of the Ministry Committee, to seek such additional sources of funding as would enable overseas placements to be undertaken.