My postgraduate placement experience

Dua Munawar shares her experience of doing a Researcher Academy postgraduate placement. Researcher Academy postgraduate placements are designed to help you recognise the breadth of your potential and highlight future opportunities. Each placement involves a discrete project at an external organisation for which the postgraduate researcher acts as a specialist consultant. The placements are delivered …

My Packaging Placement Unwrapped

 Isabella Hargreaves reflects on her Researcher Academy placement. When I set out on my MSc Marketing course, I wanted to get some real-world marketing experience under my belt. I applied for a postgraduate placement that was vague in description as the product was still unreleased, so I was relatively unsure about what the project would …

My placement was instrumental to the success of my PhD and my career

I was really proud to join the Researcher Academy Team as Programme Manager on the Productivity Through Innovation ERDF programme back in 2019. Having personally experienced the huge benefits of undertaking a placement during my own PhD and the positive impact on my career, I was excited to be directly involved in creating these opportunities …

Your next opportunity might be next door

Emma shares her experience of a Researcher Academy placement. This blog will especially interest PhD students considering non-academic careers in Higher Education, as well as anyone who wants to know more about the peer mentoring scheme Adapt Together, which is for all researchers at the University of Nottingham. When I say that your next opportunity …

Free Beer! (OK, not really…)

Amy Flinn reflects on her Researcher Academy placement. You could easily argue that before I undertook a postgraduate placement with Murphy & Son, my interest in beer was largely superficial. I had a vague idea of the different types of beer, but my choices would always be heavily influenced by can art or funny names (best to …

The right placement is just around the corner

Simran Harichand reflects on her Researcher Academy placement. As a proactive, energetic and positively opportunistic person, I felt cheated out of opportunities when I arrived in the UK in the middle of a national lockdown. And then I met an alumnus who introduced me to Researcher Academy Placements. She highlighted how experience with a UK-based company …

10 reasons to do a postgraduate placement

Words supplied by Researcher Academy placements 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 and …

Attending a conference boosted the confidence I have in my research

Alastair Stuart reflects on attending the IMechE’s online conference, ‘Emerging Technology for Heavy-Duty and Off-Highway Vehicle Development’, with help from the Researcher Academy’s Online Conference Fund. Did you know that there is an estimated 84,000 refrigerated vehicles driving up and down UK roads supplying all our chilled and frozen food? Until a year ago I …

A fulfilling lifetime opportunity full of unimaginable experiences

Protus, a Masters in Public Health student, reflects on his Researcher Academy placement. When I came to the UK to pursue my Masters in Public Health, I had two primary goals in mind; to gain more practical Public Health skills and get an opportunity to apply the skills learnt. Having an opportunity to experience the …

Vlog: Reflections and tips on applying for a postgraduate placement

Dania Hafeez shares her experience of applying for a Researcher Academy postgraduate placement. If you are a postgraduate researcher interested in doing a postgraduate placement or professional internship please contact our team for more information: ppnenquiries@nottingham.ac.uk or find us on LinkedIn.