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SEPnet (South East Physics Network) is a consortium of university physics departments – Hertfordshire, Kent, Portsmouth, Queen Mary, Reading, Royal Holloway, Southampton, Surrey, Sussex and Open University and organises an annual placement scheme for physics students from the above universities. SEPnet are seeking 8-week plus projects in industry or research in areas such as data analysis, mathematic modelling, product design and testing or science communication to place their undergraduates with.

If you’re in one of the mentioned sectors than this will be a great opportunity for you and them and in some case funding is available for SME’s too. Here’s some of the benefits of placement.

  • Early access to bright, numerate students with excellent problem-solving and IT skills
  • Enables you to carry out projects you would not normally have time for
  • Provides a fresh perspective on your business challenges

The scheme is aimed at any organisations interested in recruiting physics graduates, or who can offer valuable business experience, including large companies, research institutions, charities, NGOs, start-ups and SMEs and all the advertising, administration and placement support is handled by SEPnet

For more information:

Visit http://www.sepnet.ac.uk/students-employers/information-for-employers/  
for further information and to register your placement project, or projects, online.  Email veronica.benson@sepnet.ac.uk

Looking for Physics undergraduates to have as an intern? Then read on as this initiative is perfect for you and your business.

SEPnet Funded Summer Internships 2014 – Call for Placement Projects for Physics Undergraduates

SEPnet Funded Summer Internships 2014

SEPnet Funded Summer Internships 2014

SEPnet (South East Physics Network) is a consortium of nine university physics departments including Hertfordshire, Kent, Portsmouth, London (Queen Mary, Royal Holloway), Southampton, Surrey, Sussex and Open University.

Who is the scheme aimed at?

Any organisations interested in recruiting physics graduates including large companies, research institutions and SMEs.

How does the SEPnet Funded Summer Internships 2014 work?

  • The scheme provides 30 university-funded, and additional employer-funded placements, to physics students to give them the opportunity to work for 8 weeks in industry in areas such as data analysis, mathematic modelling, research, product design and testing
  •  Students receive a bursary of £2,000 to cover their expenses
  •  Projects are selected based on academic merit and the potential for students to gain commercial awareness and soft skills such as communication and teamwork
  •  Placements take place from June to September (employers can extend placements to 10 weeks by funding the additional 2 weeks)


Benefits to Employers and Supervisors

  • Provides early access to bright, numerate students with excellent problem-solving and IT skills who may be potential future employees
  • Enables you to solve a challenge or problem and carry out projects you would not normally have time for
  • Can provide an invaluable resource, adding value to your business and offer a fresh perspective on your business challenges
  • All advertising, administration and placement support is handled by SEPnet to create a smooth, straightforward process
  • Employers participating in the scheme include National Physical Laboratory, Selex ES, QinetiQ, the Met Office, BAE Systems, Amec, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

And several SMEs

  • You can see examples of what the students can do by visiting their case studies: http://www.sepnet.ac.uk/students_employers/careers_placements/internships/case_studies.html
  • What employers have said:
    ‘Very satisfied with the whole process, organised and straightforward, with good students.’

    ‘The CVs that come through via SEPnet are very good.’
    ‘We took SEPnet students for the second year running this year and have been very impressed with the calibre of the students, their capabilities and the general high standard. For your records we have just made a permanent job offer to one of the students…’.

Next steps

If you would like to discuss the SEPnet Funded Summer Internships 201 further, please email or call me as soon as possible – s.j.spencer@sussex.ac.uk or 01273 872976