Building skills at the Institute of Quarrying

This week we hear from Sarah Fry at the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) about her experience of hosting a PPN placement student. Sarah adds, “Our experience with the University of Nottingham postgraduate placement programme has been excellent. As an organisation, we’ve been able to quickly progress a project that adds value to us and our members.  …

“If you want to do this job right…”

This week Postgraduate Placements Nottingham (PPN) hears from Gabriela about her placement experience with the executive travel company Exclusive Ten. Gabriela’s placement involved Research & Development into luxury travel agents, specifically within the UAE & Australia, as well as research into business growth & expansion into the offer of Social Media & Digital Marketing support to …

Scoping a Digital Growth Strategy for Nottingham City

This week John Connelly, Digital Manager at Nottingham City Council’s Growth Hub talks about his experience of hosting two postgraduate placement students Deepesh and Sanket. The UK has a proud history of digital innovation: from the earliest days of computing to the development of the World Wide Web, the UK has been a cradle for …

Managing my time my way

This week Postgraduate Placements Nottingham (PPN) hears from Jonathan Hunter about his PPN postgraduate placement with The Derbyshire Winery. My postgraduate placement was based with The Derbyshire Winery and was focused on helping the owner improve his revenue stream through the utilisation of waste products. The waste product of specific interest was wine pomace (solid bits left …

Saving the World, One House at a Time

This week we hear from Cobalt Carbon Free about their experience of hosting two Postgraduate Placements Nottingham (PPN) students.  Here at Cobalt Carbon Free, we are a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) who specialise in damp-proofing, insulation, and extensions/renovations. Our goal is to transform our customers’ homes and we use low-carbon building technology and environmentally friendly materials in …

Growing in the midst of life’s challenges

This week we hear from Didem Gorcegiz about her PPN postgraduate placement with Verve Garden Design. At the age of 43, after working in digital marketing companies for 20 years, I felt it was time for a change. My plan was to study for a master’s degree in International Social Policy (MAISP) at University of …

Building a sustainable future

This week we hear from Sean Stevenson of Westville Group about his experience of hosting two Postgraduate Placements Nottingham (PPN) students. Westville Group is an experienced construction, insulation and rendering services supplier to both residential and commercial clientele. Since our project was not time sensitive I was happy to work around the postgraduate students’ academic …

Recognising the breadth of opportunities open to me post-PhD

This week we hear from Leslie Bode a former PPN placement student and our new Postgraduate Placements Delivery Manager. The best benefit of all, was that I made some amazing friends. Two of the other coordinators were at the exact same writing up stage, and despite being from completely different academic backgrounds; we bonded instantly over …

Supporting my peers and gaining career experience at the same time

This week we hear from Hollie who recently completed a placement as a Graduate Centre Coordinator in the University of Nottingham Graduate School. In summer 2017 I was nearing the end of the third year of my PhD and was starting to think about life after the thesis. Although I hoped to continue with my …

Smoothing our ride to success

This week we hear from Gemma Pearce of Loopwheels about her experience of hosting a placement student through our Postgraduate Placements Nottingham (PPN) scheme. We’re a small award-winning company in north Nottinghamshire. We design, manufacture and sell an innovative product: wheels with integral suspension for manual wheelchairs, called Loopwheels. Our wheels make it easier and more comfortable for …