Employability Advisors and academics from across the SEPnet consortium meet to discuss and identify barriers and enablers in accessing the SEPnet summer placement scheme for all students, irrespective of background and neurological personalities. This training was facilitated by AbiltyNet and will provide the basis for further employer, student and advisor training.
89 students showcased their summer placement projects through an exciting and energised face to face Expo event to employers, academic tutors and peers at SEPnet’s 14th Expo on the 23rd November in London.
Students described a range of varied and exciting projects with large and small employers across different industries and research areas including data science, engineering, energy, IT, satellite communication, defence and scientific research.
The event was chaired by Professor Sir William Wakeham and an inspiring keynote address “Why Fusion” was delivered by Dr Chantal Nobs. Chantal studied Physics as an undergraduate at the University of Surrey (MPhys) and went on to study a PhD in experimental nuclear physics at the University of Brighton. Chantal joined UKAEA (Atomic Energy Authority) in 2018 in the Nuclear Technology Group. Her work looks at R&D for novel radiation detectors that can be deployed to challenging environments, the measurement of radioactive materials and the activation of materials for research purposes.
A “Physicists like me” employer panel including representatives from Aquark Technologies, University of Surrey, Framestore, Thales and NPL shared tips and advice with students on career opportunities and skills needed within their fields. They were also brutally honest around tips they would have given to themselves as they embarked on their careers.
The IOP generously provided prizes for the 6 best posters. The winners included:
Ollie Kemp, University of Portsmouth and his project “Machine Learning Applications for Satellite Earth Observation” with eOsphere
Emma Piazze, University of Southampton and her project “Working our way to high-precision space situational awareness” with Lumi Space
Mitchell Broad Queen Mary University London and Project “Numerical simulation of multiplex holograms with rigorous coupled wave theory” with Trulife Optics
Roberta Vieliute University of Southampton and Dhairya Kataria University of Herts and their project “Assembling the Pristine Relics of our Universe’s Infancy” with the University of Surrey
Ethan Cooper, University of Herts and project “Cognitive Bias, the Psychology of Recruitment” with MeVitae
Mark Ludlow, University of Surrey and his project “Interpreting XRF data to read Herculaneum” with STFC RAL
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