Wednesday, 19 June 2019

A standard PhD or a CDT PhD or a DTP PhD or an iCASE PhD or a CTP PhD?

Enough acronyms for you?

It can be difficult to navigate the waters when it comes to finding out about PhDs, what types there are and where you can do them in the UK. A chemistry doctorate is usually called a PhD, while an engineering doctorate could be a PhD or EngD. You can do both PhDs and EngDs within the 5 frameworks below (or beyond).

To find opportunities, look on university/departmental websites, also  and The United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) website is also a good place to start as it links to all 7 Research Councils and the frameworks and  funding for PhDs are described there (often under "Skills"). Note that the Research Councils are the main source of funding for UK PhDs, but there are other sources, such as institutional scholarships, charities and trusts. For an outline of funding see FindaPhD - funding.

1. Standard (or traditional) PhD positions last for 3 or 4 years full-time (or 5-6 years part-time). They can be at any university or research institute in the UK and the funding can come from a wide range of sources. You can be in a small group or a large group, and there may be some individual skills training available. The PhD may or may not have industry input. All other full-time PhDs tend to last for 4 years.

2. Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) PhDs are one of the approaches used by some UK Research Councils to train doctoral students. In some cases, there may also be an integrated Masters during the first year (a 1+3 award programme). Research organisations, including universities and industry partners, can establish a CDT either alone or by forming a consortium. This can bring together diverse areas of expertise. PhD students are trained in cohorts of varying sizes. Cohort-based doctoral training can be very different to a standard PhD. You take part in cohort-wide training modules as part of a more structured programme, rather than training in specific research-based skills as an individual or as part of a small research group on a traditional PhD. The aim is to provide a supportive environment with opportunities for collaboration. Studentships are only available to UK students and EU students who meet UK residency requirements. There are 75 CDT centres in UK funded through the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences) and 7 centres funded through NERC (Natural Environment).

3. Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) train PhD students in research areas relevant to the Research Council’s remit. Although this is similar to CDT studentships, the projects available and the training given tend to cover a broader range. Like CDTs, a DTP programme can be formed by research organisations, either alone or in a consortium, but may also have industry partners. However, the industry partners tend to play a lesser role. DTPs can include an internship or placement element within their training. They are usually self-organised and last for the equivalent of up to three months. Any of the 7 UK research councils may offer PhDs through DTPs.

4. Industrial CASE studentships (iCASE). An iCASE PhD involves stronger collaboration with an industry partner. Each studentship is allocated directly to an industry partner by a Research Council. The industry partner then defines an appropriate PhD research project and affiliates with an academic partner. iCASE studentships are very similar to DTPs. In fact, iCASE PhD students are often placed within a DTP funded by the same Research Council. The big difference between an iCASE and a DTP studentship is the industry placement. Where a DTP internship lasts up to three months, an iCASE placement at the industry partner lasts a minimum of three months, often much longer. The iCASE PhDs are usually restricted to BBSRC, EPSRC, NERC and MRC research council funding.

5. Collaborative Training Partnerships (CTPs) are very similar to iCASE studentships. In some cases, there is very little distinction between the two. They are typically allocated to a non-academic industry organisation with experience of postgraduate research. This industry partner collaborates with an academic partner, but the industry partner generally has more autonomy in the PhD project selection (than other frameworks) and the PhD student will be primarily based at the industry organisation. Again, it is the scientific research councils who are active in this area. Industrial partners include AstraZeneca, GSK, Mondelez, Unilever, Croda, Medimmune. For example,  Strathclyde/GSK have a well established collaboration in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Tepnel Pharma - site visit

In March 2019, Cameron Ritchie, a 4th year chemical engineer at Edinburgh attended the Chemistry; concept to consumer workshops. As a result of this, he found he was really interested in working in pharma services at the bench level rather than at the scaled-up process engineering end. We arranged a site visit with some of his classmates to Tepnel Pharma Services in Livingston, West Lothian. This was possible due to the generosity of Dr David Scott, senior director at Tepnel, who attended the above event. Here's Cameron's take on the experience:

What was it like?
Tepnel is a pharmaceutical testing company that carries out specific analysis of pharmaceuticals before they are released into the market. 

What were people actually doing?
They were analysing batches of pharmaceuticals contracted out from industrial clients (both large multinationals and smaller companies). It is more cost and time efficient for Tepnel to do this as they are specialists in the tests, leaving the client companies to focus on what they do best.
Teams of people were carrying out the same line of work, however each person was working individually on a specific sample. The analysis and testing that was carried out had similarities to those carried out in experiments from a chemistry undergraduate degree.

What was equipment like?
The equipment used was similar to that used in the labs at the university although more sophisticated. This is needed for the accuracy and precision of results expected by the company.

What surprised you?
How small the facility was, as I was expecting it to be much larger, with larger lab sizes with larger groups of people -  instead there were just two or three per lab, so it didn't feel impersonal.

What was the environment like?
Friendly and well managed. The labs were similar to those at university, however upstairs there were boardrooms that were more focussed on the management side of things and reviewing how the pharmaceuticals preformed to the tests.

How does chemistry or chemical engineering get used there?
It is much more of a chemistry-based job than a chemical engineering one due to the nature of the lab tests carried out. Chemical engineers instead are required for the manufacturing of the pharmaceuticals before they need to be tested. To manage a company like this, experienced chemists, biochemists, chemical engineers and other equivalent fields are suitable for the job.

What would be the benefits of working there?
From a chemistry graduate point of view it provides a good platform to hone the skills you have learnt from your degree whilst working in a friendly and well managed environment.

What was the benefit of actually going along to such a visit? (as opposed to the COMPANY coming to the UNI)?
You get a visual and an interactive experience of what it is actually like to work on site at a specific company and this allows you to see how things are carried out there.

Did it clear anything up for you?
It allowed me to see what it is like to be a chemist and I didn’t appreciate how different chemical engineering and chemistry actually are when testing pharmaceuticals.

Do you think it made you more aware of anything students should mention in their applications to the company? (Eg should they demonstrate more business awareness)
It is definitely more chemistry graduate based. They are very focussed on getting things right first time, which is essential from the point of view of safety and the customer health. They stressed the importance of notifying and speaking up on any adverse findings or owning up to any error made by you. So I think being able to demonstrate you have good attention to detail and good analytical skills is important, but possibly even more so, honesty and integrity, and a questioning attitude if you spot something unusual.

Would you recommend others made the effort to visit companies?
Yes as it is the only true way you are going to find out what it is like to work in a specific working environment.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Catapults - working between academia and industry

Locations of Catapults in the UK

As a scientist or engineer, are you torn between working in academia and working in industry? Not sure which environment would suit you best? To get the best of both worlds, perhaps a Catapult Centre is the answer, as they bridge the gap between academia and industry, making it easier for the two to collaborate.

Catapults were established by Innovate UK, which is a public body operating at arm's length from the Government. Some of their funding is from industrial contracts, some from the research collaborations with academia/industry and some from public funding. They are not-for-profit, independent and impartial.

Catapults often have a main centre and other smaller regional centres dotted around the UK. Some centres are actual physically separate buildings, while some are housed within existing university or science park facilities. Whichever they are, they have specific job roles and state of the art equipment and expertise, they are not just a relationship network (although the networking is important).

Catapults have expertise in 9 sectors:

    1. Compound Semi-conductor Applications - new Innovation Centre opened in Newport, Wales
    2. Digital - mainly in Brighton, Belfast & Sunderland
    3. Energy Systems -  experts in systems modelling, testing and risk, particularly in low carbon energy, main centre in Birmingham
    4. High Value Manufacturing (HVM) - the go-to place for advanced manufacturing technology -7 centres including the Centre for Process Innovation - CPI, in NE England. The CPI is one of the bigger centres, employing 500 scientists and engineers. Also includes the Advanced Forming Research Centre near Glasgow. 
    5. Offshore Renewable Energy - 7 centres including China, Wales and 3 in Scotland. 
    6. Satellite Applications - Main centre is Didcot plus 5 regional centres.
    7. Cell & Gene Therapy - wide range of universities and industry partners throughout the UK
    8. Connected Places - expertise in urban infrastructure, transport, local authorities -  encourage 3 month internships and secondments (this is a new centre formed from a 2019 and ongoing merger of Future Cities + Transport Systems)
    9. Medicines Discovery - connecting biotech SMEs to state of the art technology and expertise. Main centre Cheshire but various collaborations across UK, Interesting current vacancies for Cheminformatician and Bioinformatician (June 2019)

  • Catapults are currently undergoing a period of rapid expansion eg CPI has recently gone from 300 to 500 staff.

  • They do employ new graduates, with or without PhDs. However, the majority of adverts do ask for some experience - bear in mind that this can come from an industrial placement. Some also offer 3 month placements or secondments ( Future Cities/Connected places) or summer work (CPI).

For more information see Catapults official website

Also Wikipedia - Catapults has a simple guide if you want a more succinct outline.

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Kyowa Kirin - week long experience in the pharma industry

Kyowa Kirin in Galashiels have announced they are running their week long You are the Future programme 2-6 September 2019. This will give you an insight into the pharmaceutical industry in functions beyond research (no labs in Kyowa Kirin Galashiels). Chemistry students have attended in previous years and found it very useful. Graduates also welcome to apply.

You will attend information sessions with our industry experts in the departments below. You will then use that knowledge to put together a project. Later in the week you will attend workshops on CV writing, interview skills and personality profiles.
  • Alliance Management/Business Development
  • Biologics/Biosimilars
  • Clinical
  • Compliance
  • Marketing
  • Medical
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Project Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Supply Chain
For full details see - You are the Future 2-6 Sept. 

Apply via Linkedin (so you will need at least a basic Linkedin profile). 

Closing date 16th June.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

I have accepted a job offer and I now wish I hadn't!

In some ways, a good position to be in - you have a perfectly reasonable job offer, you accept it, maybe even sign on the dotted line. And then........ WHAT'S THIS? Envelope on the mat, and it's another job offer from that company you never thought you would hear from again, more relevant, more money, more interesting, nicer part of the country. Now what?

Don't panic - this happens A  LOT (especially at this time of year). The main thing is to be honest and polite to the poor souls you are about to dump. They deserve more than an email, so pick up the phone and explain your dilemma and decision.  There is an excellent Dilemma blogpost here from Warwick University on the subject.

If you need any help talking through your decision, then book an appointment on MyCareerHub.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Can a chemist work as a chemical engineer?

The short answer is yes, a chemist CAN work as a chemical engineer (or process engineer as they are often called in industry). There may be some roles where a chemist can do the job as well as, or better than, an engineer (perhaps corrosion testing, analytical testing in a plant) and others where employers would be looking for more chemical engineering specific knowledge, (such as plant design, process control, fluid mechanics). The title "Engineer" is not protected by law; anyone can call themselves a chemical engineer if they do chemical-engineering-y things at work. Any title conferred by the Engineering Council, however IS protected - eg Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer.

Unsurprisingly though, the majority of chemical engineering jobs do actually require a Chemical Engineering degree. To be able to apply for a wider range of roles in the sector then a chemist might  benefit from undertaking a 1 year Masters in Chemical Engineering. 

There are several Masters round the country where you don't need an undergraduate chemical engineering degree for entry, but an engineering-related degree or any STEM degree. I have listed some below (not guaranteed to be exhaustive) that are officially accredited as Learning at Masters Level by the Institute of Chemical Engineering. This is needed for Chartership from the Engineering Council. 

There are others that are not accredited (you can gain Learning at Masters Level once you get into the workplace if the employer is supportive) and are probably good courses. However, if you competing against Chemical Engineering 4 & 5 year degree holders, then official external recognition of the Masters becomes important and could help you land that first job.

Some examples of one year Masters in Chemical Engineering which: 
(a) allows entry to non chemical-engineers and (b) is accredited by IChemE.
  • LEEDS MSc Chemical Process Engineering (2.1/2.2 science/eng degree)
  • UCL MSc Chemical Process Engineering (2.1 science/eng degree) 
  • NOTTINGHAM MSc Chemical Engineering (2.1 engineering-related degree) 
  • SWANSEA MSc Chemical Engineering (2.1/2.2 chem eng related degree) 
  • IMPERIAL MSc Chemical Engineering – 4 streams (2.1 science/eng/maths) 
  • UNI of WEST OF SCOTLAND MSc Chemical Engineering (2.1/2.2 STEM or non-Hons STEM plus relevant experience). Accreditation unclear. 
  • STRATHCLYDE MSc Chemical Engineering (Honours STEM or non Honours STEM plus relevant experience)
  • NAPIER  MSc Advanced Materials Engineering (2.2 STEM or non-Hons STEM plus relevant experience). Accredited by Inst of Materials, Minerals & Mining, not IChemE.

Note that, for the courses in England and Wales, they tend to ask for an Honours degree for entry, and sometimes a 2:1. However, if your degree falls short of this, it is ALWAYS worth talking to course organisers to see if there is any flexibility. Work experience, evidence of teamwork/leadership, or extenuating circumstances may go some way to circumnavigating strict entry requirements. 
Note also that the Scottish courses seem more flexible with regard to entry requirements. Work experience is a plus point if you do not have an Honours degree. This may be due to Scottish course organisers having a better awareness of the value of a Scottish 3 year Ordinary degree, which doesn't exist in England & Wales.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Finding a supervisor for summer research projects

A university summer research position is a great opportunity to get a feel for lab work with a bit more independence than the practical classes you have experienced in your course. It need not always be for the whole summer - if you have other plans, perhaps you could do both - some academics may have an idea for a very short term project.

However, don't just jump in unprepared -  It is important to plan who to contact, and what to say in any emails you send:

1. Identify your own interests. What has interested you most in lectures, in literature searches,  in the media, what's currently at the cutting edge? What do you wish you could have been taught more of in your course? What are you aiming to achieve with your potential research?

2. Identify academics. Have a look on the Chemistry or Chemical Engineering research webpages (other universities will have similar) - this makes it easy to draw up a list of potential supervisors. Sometimes you may even have a handy list of potential supervisors to choose from (eg for the Chemistry Undergraduate Vacation Internships Scholarships sponsored by Afton Chemical)

3. Do some background reading on each. Is there anyone who has similar interests to your own? Sometimes researchers have links to their own websites in which you can find more details about their work and research interests. It's also wise to be aware of some of their latest publications, accessible via searchable databases like SciFinder or PubChem or PubMed. This gives you a better idea of their research area, plus it shows commitment when you contact them. It is okay to contact more than one supervisor, but if they are in the same institution, be open about this.

4. If your first interaction with the supervisor is face to face, see it almost as a covering letter for a job - ie prepare, be ready to demonstrate your interest in their field and why you are a suitable student for the research project.

5. If an email is your first interaction,  again see it as a covering letter or mini personal statement and think about the structure:
  • A clear subject title - this should attract a supervisor's attention to you as a potential research student. This may relate to the intended research position i.e.: ‘Interest in Undergraduate Vacation Internship"
  • State who you are and what you do, or what you intend to do. For example “I am currently in my 2nd year of an MChem Chemical Physics degree".  You might want to add in your aspirations for a future career (if you have any!).
  • State how you came to hear about the supervisor i.e.: did you attend one of their lectures? Mention what you found particularly interesting. Additionally, if the supervisor was recommended by another contact, then consider mentioning this here. Tell them why you want to undertake research in their lab. You could mention any publications of theirs you have read.
  • Show you are a strong candidate. Attach a well targeted curriculum vitae (CV) with the email. Highlight the most important points of your CV in your email, such as grades, practical skills, commitment to research, positions of responsibilty, work experience whether relevant or not. 
  • If the research requires funding, state the source (e.g. self-funded, scholarship, etc.). However this may not always be applicable or relevant.
  • Summarise why you think you are suitable for the research role. You could request a meeting with the supervisor to discuss the project they may have available.
  • Have all the above in your head too, if your first interaction is face to face.
6. Why haven't I got a reply?
Many supervisors are extremely busy and have other commitments outside academia. Therefore, consider resending the email after a week or so, as it is easy for your email to be ‘buried’ beneath more recent emails received. Or take a chance and knock on their door?

7. The Meeting:
When you do get invited along to meet with them, reread your email beforehand. Your potential supervisor may surprise you by asking you some questions about what you said - maybe ask you more about your unbridled passion for mass spectroscopy for example. Do not underestimate the importance of a good first impression. Be enthusiastic and motivated. Act confident even if you don't feel it. It may be appropriate to ask the supervisor if you can look around the laboratory and meet their research team, as it is likely that the majority of the ‘hands-on’ supervision will be by other members of the laboratory team.

8. After the Meeting;
Thank the supervisor for their time. Consider writing all the information down into a table, so that after meeting several supervisors with several available projects you can compare and contrast each to select one for your research intentions.

9. Proposals:
Some supervisors may have a project already lined up and you just need to submit a CV and personal statement/covering letter as part of the process. Others may expect you to take a more proactive role in suggesting a project and helping write up a proposal. If this is the case, it can help to have a look at some examples.

There is also good advice on the process of writing research proposals on the Prospects website (UK centred, aimed at PhD candidates - just need to scale it down a bit for undergrad projects) and also the Northwestern University website (USA centred, but same structure, and aimed at undergrad projects).

Good Luck!

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Case Study (Chemistry) - Authenticity Analyst - Diageo

Being an expert witness in forensic chemistry, explaining scientific concepts to lawyers and laymen, and brand protection are all part of the day job for Deborah at Diageo. Compare this with Diane's job (below) at Diageo, and you can get a feel for the wide range of roles that are available at the world's largest drinks manufacturer.

Name - Deborah Prunty
Degree - BSc Analytical Chemistry, University of Strathclyde
Year of Graduation -  2008
Employer - Diageo
Job Title - Authenticity Analyst

What path has your career taken since graduation?
I’m the first to admit that I was very lucky. Two weeks before my final exams I had a massive panic attack, I had nothing lined up for after uni, and had no clue what I was going to do. I ended up in my academic advisor’s office, in tears, and she told me to take a break from studying, and get a CV written and up on recruitment websites. Nothing might come of it, but at least I’d of done *something*, and it would help ease the stress and anxiety.

In the break between sitting my exams and receiving my results, I was called by several agencies, and had 3 or 4 interviews. I was offered a role at Diageo a few hours before I got my final results. I’ve now worked for them for 11 years.

While I have always worked in the lab, I’m on my third different role. I started doing equity analysis – due diligence work to prove that our production sites were making our products to the high standards that we require. This gave me an excellent understanding and grounding of what our products should be like, and an insight into how they are produced.

Next, I moved to doing analysis on customer concern samples. This gave me a good grounding on what could potentially go wrong with our products, how they could be mistreated, and what people will do to get something for free. It also taught me how to explain these, and the techniques used to assess them, in very clear and simple language that anyone can understand.

I am now the company’s expert on authenticity analysis. I get involved with legal cases, write witness statements, and am asked to attend court as an expert witness. I develop new technologies for in field assessment of samples, and provide training on them when they are rolled out. I support other labs across the world with their results and methodologies.

What is your current role and what does your work involve?
I am Diageo’s expert on authenticity analysis. I work very closely with brand protection, and analyse any suspected counterfeit samples. This means that I get involved with legal cases, write witness statements, and am asked to attend court as an expert witness. I also have to explain analytical chemistry, and our products to lawyers. This can be challenging as, while smart and highly educated, they often have no grounding or understanding of science whatsoever.

I develop new technologies for in field assessment of samples, and provide training on them when they are rolled out. I support other labs across the world with their results and methodologies.

It is really rewarding, knowing that my work makes a difference. That I’m helping and supporting others in their development, and that I’m helping Diageo keep our consumers protected and safe.

I also get involved in project work, supporting other teams. Recently I’ve done a lot of investigative work using a GCMS with nosing port, to try and really understand the building blocks that make up our traditional products.

What experiences do you feel helped you get to your current position? 
My degree had a year in industry built in. This was invaluable for getting my foot in the door. It really helped me stand out from the rest of the recent graduates, and proved that I could work in a professional environment, doing 9 – 5, 5 days a week. While I learned a lot in university, it does not prepare you for that!

I’m a member of the RSC, and have been awarded Chartered Chemist status. This was a lot of work – essentially a two year performance review, which I needed to prepare and provide a 40 page folio of evidence to prove I met their exacting standards. It proves my dedication to my field, and my expertise and competence. Adding this extra endorsement to witness statements and reports gives them more weight and standing, especially in a court of law.

How have you used the skills and/or knowledge developed during your degree in your career?
In all honesty? There are vast amounts of my degree that I have never used. If there is a part of chemistry that you just don’t get along with (organic chemistry for me!) you can still work as a chemist. I don’t think this is said enough. That being said, I do dredge up a lot of things that I’d thought forgotten. At the moment its statistics and chemo metrics.

This well roundedness and breadth of knowledge is what makes a really good scientist. And being able to apply the knowledge, and cross it over into other areas is what makes a great one. All the transferable skills classes, that I used to resent having to sit through, have proven invaluable.

What advice would you give to students who are interested in your area of work?
 Get involved, ask questions, and find a way of getting into industry while doing your degree. This can be a placement, summer internship, or even project work. I genuinely can’t stress this enough.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Case Study (Chemical Engineering) - Site manager - Diageo

Surrounded by whiskey and living on a beautiful Scottish island - what more could you ask for after graduation? Here's Diane's story of her career after graduating with a Chemical Engineering degree.

Name: Diane Farrell
Degree course: MEng Chemical Engineering, U of Strathclyde
Year of graduation: 2012
Employer address: Diageo, Talisker Distillery, Carbost, Isle of Skye. IV47 8SR.
Job Title: Senior Site Manager

What path has your career taken since graduation?

After graduating with a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering I joined Diageo’s Supply Graduate Scheme in September 2012. This 3 year programme consisted of three rotations where I was able to develop my knowledge and gain experience in different business areas. In these 3 years I worked as a Project Manager within the Premium Packaging & Innovative Technologies Team, an Innovation Category Specialist in the Global Procurement Team, and a Trainee Business Leader in Whisky Maturation. Following these rotations I transitioned into the full Business Leader role where I had my first experience as a line manager, managing a team of 19 operators. I then moved on to manage Teaninich Distillery in the Scottish Highlands before landing a promotion into my current role as the Senior Site Manager of Talisker Distillery located in the Isle of Skye.

What is your current role and what does your work involve?

In my current role of Senior Site Manager at Talisker Distillery, I am responsible for overseeing the working of both the Distillery and the Brand Home Centre, leading a diverse team to drive results for the wider business. I am also responsible for delivering strategic work streams across Malt Distilling working in partnership with other Senior Managers. What I find most rewarding about my role is that I am able to lead and motivate my team to deliver results but I also get to coach and support their development and personal growth. In addition, I love that no two days are the same – one day I am out on site wearing my steel capped boots in the middle of an operational environment and the next I am representing the iconic brand that is Talisker at a new launch in front of the media. It is the perfect mix for me – interesting, challenging and rewarding!

What experiences do you feel helped you get to your current position?

Although my degree certainly assisted me in securing a position on the Supply Graduate Scheme in Diageo, it has been a combination of the support internally and my own leadership skills that have helped me to get to where I am now. Diageo actively sponsor you in getting a mentor to help coach and guide you through the transition from University into the workplace and through the roles and opportunities the business has to offer. I have developed my leadership skills through the roles that I have been in and through some fantastic training courses that the company have made available to me to further my learning. I very much feel supported in everything I do which pays homage to the diverse and inclusive company that Diageo are.

How have you used the skills and/or knowledge developed during your degree in your career?

My degree played a significant role in developing the person I am today. I developed resilience, time management, project management, problem solving and interpersonal skills. It pushed and challenged me and enabled me to see that I am a strong individual and I can achieve anything I put my mind to. Without it, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

What advice would you give to students who are interested in your area of work?

My advice would be to understand what you want out of your career and what really drives you and excites you – and then find a company that can match your wants and needs.

I have loved all of my roles within Diageo and being able to experience different business areas allowed me to understand what roles ignited my drive and passion and ultimately what career route I wanted to follow. The best thing is that the company works with me on my development and my aspirations – I am still learning and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon!

If you are looking for a career working for a global company with instantly recognisable brands, where you feel empowered in an inclusive and diverse environment, I would say – come and join us!

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Graduate Internships all over the UK

Regional Graduate Internship Programmes – March 2019

If you are keen to get a bit of graduate level experience after you finish your degree, but don't want to commit long term to anything (maybe you want to try before you buy, maybe you want to save a bit of cash and then go travelling) then have a look at some of the paid graduate internship schemes that operate in the UK. They offer a structured development programme lasting anything from 1- 12 months, and you can pick up a wide range of skills along the way.

Ambitious Futures – Ambitious Futures Programme is a nationwide graduate scheme specifically dedicated to careers in Higher Education which is run in conjunction with a number of partner institutions.

Cardiff Capital Regional Scheme – Is a new graduate internship scheme to link talented graduates with ambitious businesses in the Cardiff Capital Region.

Edge Hill Graduate Trainee Scheme – graduate trainees work in 4 different departments across campus, in 6 month ‘placement’ slots. It is open to graduates from any UK university,

Employ.ed in an SME (Edinburgh graduates/students only). Working in small and medium sized businesses in the local area, for 10 weeks in summer.

Gradcore - a new graduate programme that connects talented graduates with small businesses in the Nottinghamshire area, providing a wide range of job opportunities in multiple sectors, and provide development and networking opportunities for the graduates and businesses.  

Graduate Business Partnerships Scheme - helps recent graduates secure full-time graduate roles, with supportive employers in the South West.

Graduate Talent Pool - a government initiative designed to help new and recent graduates gain real work experience through undertaking a paid internship of between 1 – 12 months. 

Graduate Advantage (West Midlands) – Offers paid opportunities ranging from short-term projects through to permanent roles across different industry sectors including: Finance, Marketing, Management, Graphic Design, IT, Engineering. So to all who have graduated in the last three years and have a West Midland address, either home or university.

Grads South West - Houses graduate vacancies in the region and will shortly also include details of 6 – 12 month STEM graduate internships with SMEs in Devon.

Inspiring Interns - Graduate Jobs & Internships in Manchester, Midlands and the North

Rise Sheffield – Offers 6 month graduate internships in SMEs in the South Yorkshire region. Open to graduates of any UK institution

ScotGrad – offers graduate-level experience through a paid placement in a Scottish SME (often in a rural location) . This is open to those who have graduated with an undergraduate or postgraduate degree from anywhere in the world within the past four years. Applicants must not have had 12 months or more of graduate-level experience since graduation.

Scotgrad has an interesting one for a chemistry graduate to work on biodiesel waste management. Closes 31/3/19 though!!!!!