Change

Lia de Simon tells us how a placement experience helped her to take control during a difficult stage in her postgraduate journey. Lia did her placement with Success for All a not-for-profit charitable foundation which works with over 130 schools right across the UK and draws upon research first started in the 1970s by psychologists Robert Slavin …

What next?

This week Rebecca Choi talks about her placement at a starter company. Rebecca did a placement in the field of biophotonics, image processing, and minimally invasive surgery (MIS); assisting a start-up company in refining a prototype system to improve a surgeons’ understanding of instrument-tissue interaction. The project established the basis for a longer term R&D programme, …

From Museums to Theme Parks – Architecture in practice

Licheng Zhang, a doctor of Architecture at the University of Nottingham, was successful in securing a PPN Postgraduate Placement with 1 World Educational Theme Parks Limited to produce a series of Concept drawings and a CGI walk-through for their educational theme park concept. We asked what drew him to the Postgraduate Placements Nottingham Programme and …

Shifting Perspectives

This week MPH in International Health student Nilushka Perera talks about how her PPN postgraduate placement secured her a full-time job in the charity sector. I always had an interest in parenting and child health, although my overall interest gravitated towards life-style based non-communicable diseases.  During my internship, I began to draw parallels to the public health impact …

Work-place experience: Why you need it and how to get it

This week Debra Fearnshaw, our new Placements Delivery Manager, talks about her professional journey after her Master’s and how it has shaped her view of postgraduate placements. I’ve been really delighted to take up my new role as Placements Delivery Manager because I know how much difference a postgraduate placement programme would have made to …

I thought I was on the right track

Rupal Patel talks about how a placement helped shape her postgraduate journey. Rupal did her placement with Being Transformed which has subsequently developed into the BeTr Foundation; an organisation that endeavours to improve accessibility to mental health support and uses TeQtonicS™ to relieve the suffering of any persons experiencing stress, trauma, psychological or physical distress. If you’re interested …

Cherishing opportunities for reflection

This week we hear from Ralph Kwame Akyea about his placement with Nottingham City Council, undertaken during his MPH Masters in Public Health with the School of Medicine.

The case against a career plan

This week Hilary Jones, our PPN Research Associate, shares her reflections on ‘career plans’. When I was at college struggling to decide which degree to study, one of my teachers said to me ‘just do something you love, and you’ll do well’.  His advice has stayed with me, and I’ve noticed that the flipside is …

The Wonderful World of Placements

Paul Rice, Placements Delivery Manager at Postgraduate Placements Nottingham, shares a personal reflection on why working with postgraduates is a ‘best bet’ for business enhancement. A colleague once told me that the business of universities is to teach and anything else is a bonus. Well I have to say whilst I understand the sentiment I …

Behind the scenes at the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

Nel Taylor a PhD Neuroscience student gives an update on her placement as a Media Assistant for the 2016 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. Every year on TV over the Christmas period there are a series of 3-4 hour long Royal Institution Lectures on a given science topic. Last year’s was on Surviving in Space and …