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 …

A unique opportunity to access knowledge and university talent

This week Christopher Nankervis, Owner & Scientific Director of Weather Logistics, tells us why he chose to offer a placement opportunities at his company.

From Visionary Words to a World Envisioned

World Educational Theme Parks Limited (WETP Ltd) are an ambitious start-up company looking to create educational theme parks where families and schools can learn about other cultures through sight, sound, touch and smell and in an interactive and fun way. As for any entrepreneurial enterprise, investing seed funds effectively and efficiently in the initial pitch …

Building my reputation with Rob Brown

This week Khatira talks about her postgraduate placement working for Rob Brown on the promotion of the sequel to his bestselling book ‘How to Build your Reputation’. My Postgraduate Placement job with the famous writer and coach Rob Brown was absolutely brilliant. Rob had just submitted a 60K word manuscript to Wiley Press, the world’s largest …

How I combined my interest in social media with a placement!

Saadiya, a student in MA International Relations at The University of Nottingham talks about her placement with Features Nottingham I went on a placement as a social media marketer at Features Nottingham, a local private dental practice. As it was a social media position I thought it would be a great opportunity to put my …

How PPN helped grow my eCommerce consultancy

This week Chris Jones of RedSock.biz shares why he chose to offer placement opportunities with his company. Many of the other employers featured in this blog could reasonably be described as “hyper-modern”: often they seem to be high-tech or new-industry companies. I suppose I might be described as “post-modern”: I’m a freelance management consultant, with no staff and …

Placement students enhance confidence & collegiality among peers

Reports on placement outcomes tend to focus on what one side of the arrangement – the student or the placement host – get out of the process, but in reality the benefits are highly reciprocal. This is nicely illustrated by a recent Postgraduate Placements Nottingham scheme in which Postgraduate Research Students (PGRs) worked with Elizabeth …