How to turn experience into insight

This week Debra Fearnshaw of Postgraduate Placements Nottingham (PPN) explores the value of Reflective Thinking and highlights the upcoming launch of a new Nottingham Advantage Award module. Recently I had the opportunity to do a reflective thinking exercise with a group of placement students who have been employed as Graduate Centre Coordinators for the past …

Beyond the lab: getting a holistic experience of a science business

This week Alex Fletcher shares his experience of doing a postgraduate placement with Naturally Scientific Technologies (NST Ltd) working on a project analysing production efficiencies.

Hitting the right notes

This week Postgraduate Placements Nottingham (PPN) chats with Liz Jones from MHA about how a placement student helped the charity streamline its music therapy provision. Could you tell us a little about the mission of MHA? MHA was founded by members of the Methodist Church back in 1943, and today we support over 17,000 older people –  around …

10 reasons to do a postgraduate placement

Words supplied by Postgraduate Placements Nottingham (PPN) alumni. #1 – Learn new skills “I learnt how to use new tech, and have now devised a great career path.” #2 – Develop your creative thinking “The placement helped me build independent and out of the box thinking. The best part about the whole experience was recognition …

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 …