It was great to work with some of the students doing project placements as part of this programme. It’s a competitive programme open to students in later years of their BSc or MPhys.
This year I offered two sessions. The first one was co-delivered with Ross Galloway, the academic in the School whose remits includes this programme. This was to prepare students for their placements (academic & industry), address any questions and concerns and help them move confidently into their project placements.
The second one today was to help students reflect on what they did, what went well, what went less well, how they coped with the challenges and how it might influence future career plans.
Importantly, it was also about how to present what they gained from doing the project. There was lots of animated discussion, constructive peer feedback and hopefully everyone felt a lot more confident about how to talk about their project and what it means they can do.
I also think those in the group today will do a much better job at the end-of-placement presentation event as well as in future applications, interviews and networking events.