Big win for the School of Physics – 3rd place out of 300 UK university teams

IBM UBC final all 5The IBM Universities Business Challenge (UBC) Worldwide is the world’s longest established undergraduate simulation-based competition designed to develop employability and enterprise skills and starts with 300 teams across the UK.

Facilitated by Susan Bird (Careers Consultant, School of Physics & Astronomy), the School submitted two teams, one team making the semi-final in Edinburgh. After a keynote introduction from Shelagh Green, (Director, Careers Service), the teams did a series of intensive, timed business simulations culminating in a 60 second innovation pitch.

The Physics undergraduate team – students Imran Marwat (team leader), Fidel Elie, Ziyi Zhang, Adamos Spanashis and Brandon Christman – not only won 2nd place at the semi-final – but also won Best Business Idea on the day, beating 19 teams from other UK universities.

The School funded the team’s travel & accommodation expenses to the London final, the team was mentored by Mike Ross from Standard Life Investments & supported by the Careers Service – a good example of how we work with Schools & industry partners to support the employability and professional development of our science students.

The UoE team of physicists went on to win third place in the final gaining a prize of £250 and beating a number of business teams from universities across the UK.  A real coup for the School of Physics & the University of Edinburgh.

Here’s how team member Ziyi Zhang reflected on the Challenge:

“Thank you for being at the competition and supporting us throughout this experience. I realized studying physics not only made us “book smart” but also taught us critical and logical thinking which can be applied beyond academics.

Combined with creativity and hard work, physicists can be successful in any field of our interest. We should all branch out to areas outside of our textbook, and explore our hidden potential.”

Free course to help you manage your digital presence

The University is launching a new free digital footprint MOOC (massive online open course) which will begin on 3rd April and is now open for registration.  The MOOC has been developed with staff across the University including the Careers Service. The MOOC  features a video of my colleague Rebecca Valentine discussing how learners can create an effective online presence. They also have a blog

Find out more  and register to take part

Success for UoE Undergrad Physics team

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The IBM Universities Business Challenge (UBC) Worldwide is the world’s longest established and leading undergraduate simulation-based competition designed to develop employability and enterprise skills. Supported by the UK’s leading universities and graduate employers, over 25,000 students have benefited from taking part in the UBC Worldwide Challenge since 1998.

Brokered by the Careers Service and facilitated by Susan Bird, link Careers Consultant for the School of Physics, the School submitted two teams, one team making it through to the IBM UBC semi-final in Edinburgh on 3rd March.  After a keynote introduction from Shelagh Green, Director of the Careers Service, the teams did a series of intensive, timed business simulations culminating in a 60 second innovation pitch.

I am proud to announce huge congratulations to the Physics team – students Imran Marwat, Fidel Elie, Ziyi Zhang, Adamos Spanashis and Brandon Christman – who not only won 2nd place at the semi-final – and a guaranteed place in the final in London on March 24th – but also won Best Business Idea on the day – beating 19 other teams from other UK universities.  The Physics team were also the only team on time with their 60 second pitch.

In recognition of the achievement, the School is funding the team’s travel and accommodation expenses to the final in London. The team is being mentored by Mike Ross from Standard Life Investments and supported by Susan Bird, the link Careers Consultant for the School of Physics – a good example of how the Careers Service works with Schools & industry partners to support the employability and professional development of our science students.

Here’s how team member Ziyi Zhang reflected on the Challenge:

 “Thank you for being at the competition and supporting us throughout this experience. I realized studying physics not only made us “book smart” but also taught us critical and logical thinking which can be applied beyond academics. Combined with creativity and hard work, physicists can be successful in any field of our interest. I have met some of the most talented people in physics, and we should all branch out to areas outside of our textbook, and explore our hidden potential.”

We wish them luck for the final in London!

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Volunteering opportunities with the Royal Meteorological Society

The Scottish Centre of the Royal Meteorological Society meets in the Geography Building on Drummond St once a month during the autumn & winter, with a guest lecture each time. They need volunteer ‘Student Ambassadors’ to help with maintaining the branches’ website and to live tweet during lectures as well as potential for more if you are interested.

Volunteering as a Student Ambassador helps promote meteorology as a science, profession and interest, while improving your employability skills and boosting your CV.

The post is totally flexible around your academic studies and you will  get free Student Membership with the Royal Meteorological Society.

They ask that you commit around 2-3 hours each month. Closing date 1 May.

Please see attached for the RMetS Student Ambassador leaflet, which explains more about the Ambassador role and how to apply.

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What do you want to be when you grow up? Lots of things?

If you’re not sure you want to do just one thing for the rest of your life, you’re not alone. In this great TED talk, writer and artist Emilie Wapnick describes the kind of people she calls “multipotentialites” — who have a range of interests and jobs over one lifetime. Are you one? The benefits of this “wiring” include idea synthesis & innovation, rapid learning & adaptability.

Brilliant examples help you understand at it’s not only OK to be keen on lots of things – but actually can be a huge advantage.  Combing specialists with multipotentialites creates great teams, for example. Listen to what she says – I think I just realised I am one!

Here are some more talks if you don’t know what to do with your life! TED talks

Principal’s Go Abroad Fund: £350 – £1000 grants!

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Whether getting a taste for a new city whilst visiting for a conference or immersing yourself in a different culture whilst volunteering for two months, going abroad can offer life-changing experiences and opportunities for personal growth.

Many students are not short of brilliant ideas and plans to go abroad, but they are short on funding and time. The Principal’s Go Abroad Fund addresses this by allowing you to go away for as short as 7 days and providing financial support whilst you provide your ideas and create an experience unique to you. The Principal’s Go Abroad Fund is available to any undergraduate or postgraduate students looking to undertake any educational trips abroad over the summer, including:

  • research
  • conferences
  • work placements
  • volunteer opportunities
  • and any other cultural experiences.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 25 March

Details and applications at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/go-abroad

 

Riding the waves…the power of perseverance

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It’s been a big week for physics with the evidence finally here to provide the existence of gravitational waves.  It did strike me that physicists have to be persistent to keep trying even when doubters doubt and scoffers scoff.  Having:

  • the courage of your scientific convictions
  • the determination & drive to keep on pushing to find the evidence to support those hypotheses and
  • the resilience to cope with the adverse effects of resistance, opposition & failing (a lot) before you succeed –

makes the discovery all the sweeter  – but also shows how physicists develop many of the personal qualities necessary to cope with a varied and demanding working world.  You can find out more about resilience here.

Need a confidence boost? #Confident16

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Transition from student life to the professional workplace can be tough…so…we have developed a whole week of good stuff for you to try to help you feel more confident about the future, about trying new things, about presenting yourself.

CareerConfident is a week-long series of events hosted by the University of Edinburgh’s award-winning Careers Service, giving you a head-start on your career journey and helping you develop the skills you need to succeed in the workplace.

The programme will cover everything from professionalism and workplace culture to developing your online presence for the job market:

  • Hear from employers, including the BBC, Ernst & Young, Frontline and Decathlon, about what skills they’re looking for in graduate employees
  • Talk to our careers consultants about how to pitch your career story to employers and how to effectively build your professional network
  • Discuss workplace Dos and Don’ts in our speaker session with recent graduates
  • Visit local employers in Edinburgh to gain an insight into different working environments
  • Learn how to use LinkedIn to enhance your professional online presence and get a free professional headshot to use on your profile

CareerConfident 16 starts week commencing 18th January and is supported by EUSA.

Find the full programme  here

 

 

Expand your CV! Global Leader Experience

Common purpose image     A great opportunity for students to develop and showcase problem solving and skills, and will certainly enhance your  employability.

100 UoE students from at least 25 nationalities will have the opportunity to work together over 4 days to explore a major world challenge from a local perspective – it involves a partnership between the University, City of Edinburgh Council and The Wheatley Group. You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • learn from leaders from business, government and NGOs
  • discover how a city works and doesn’t work
  • develop Cultural Intelligence as you learn from each other
  • generate innovative solutions to the Challenge which are presented to city leaders.

This kind of opportunity does not come around very often, and it is completely free. Be warned, you have to be committed – it isn’t something you can sign up for and then not attend at the last minute, but then that makes it all the more worthwhile.

It’s run by Common Purpose, a social enterprise with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development programmes that enable people from different backgrounds, sectors, geographies and generations to work together to solve common problems. The programme is open to UGs & PGs and takes place during ILW (16-19th Feb) at John McIntyre Centre.It gets glowing reports from previous participants, including Edinburgh alumni.

Deadline Dec 14th!    More details and online application here :

Candida Martha Menezes, Student, University of Edinburgh, participant, Edinburgh and Glasgow 2014

“I have been inspired by speakers, they made me determined to work hard and grasp every opportunity. I have also learned so much from my fellow participants who are great communicators, innovations and much more!”