Physics in archaeology

What do those with a scientific background actually do in academic or commercial Archaeology? How far back in time can you take your technical skills?

We have SUERC ( coming in to talk about the scientific aspects of Archaeology. They use physics, chemistry & biological techniques, including carbon dating and radio isotopes.

Spotlight on Scientific Archaeology is on 26th February at Murchison House, Kings Buildings. More details and sign-up here

Games industry in Edinburgh

There are eight towns and cities in the country where the games industry generates over £60m in GVA into the local economy (Edinburgh, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Leamington Spa, Crawley and Horsham, Manchester, Guildford, Slough and Heathrow, and London). 55% of game development jobs in the UK are based outside of London and the South East, according to a new regional economic impact report released by the video games and interactive entertainment industry trade body Ukie. “

Dundee comes in at number 10. While Edinburgh’s position may be boosted by the juggernaut that is Rockstar North, there are some other local industry “players” to be aware of who will be coming to our Careers in Tech & Data Fair on 12 February

We have a new gaming company coming – Mooncollider – based in Edinburgh and Codeplay who work with the games industry.   Sumdog are also attending and, as well as EdTech, who could be described as gamified education. If you are interested in computer gaming, talk to companies like Fanduel about their fantasy sports business.

Other exhibitors cover AI/Machine Learning, Space & Satellites, Agritech, Cyber Security, Fintech, Marketing and Advertising, MedTech, Tourism and much more.

Over 50% are recruiting from any discipline. Around 50% are SMEs
Around 90% have graduate roles. Around 60% have other paid work experience

Find out more here

Insight into Actuarial

We are running an Insight into Actuarial session again next week (Weds, 13:30-15:00). This is open to Physics & Astronomy students

Find out more about this career area where your numerical and data skills are highly valued. 

There will be 4 speakers (2 In-house: Lloyds, Royal London; 2 Consulting: Hymans Robertson, EY) then a Q&A. 

Details and sign up via MyCareerHub

Make a difference with your tech skills

The Financial Conduct Authority works to make sure financial markets are honest, fair and effective so that consumers get a fair deal. They do this by regulating more than 59,000 businesses.

Next summer you could be developing your skills in an environment that makes a real difference to society. They have three summer internship programmes and closing date is 5 January 2020

Data Science Summer Internship Programme:
Technology and Change Summer Internship Programme:
Cyber and Information Resilience Summer Internship Programme

Find out more and apply here

NHS Information Analyst

The NHS are currently recruiting an Information Analyst role. It’s a great opportunity to use your skills and experience to make a difference to people’s lives.

The Information Services Division (ISD) of NHS National Services Scotland has over 40 years’ experience of supporting NHS Scotland to deliver better health outcomes: better data means better lives. We are the largest employer of information staff in Scotland. We work with clinicians, health and social care practitioners, managers, researchers and others across the wider public service and beyond.

ISD is an authoritative source of Scottish national healthcare statistics. As an experienced healthcare, and more recently social care, partner; ISD is uniquely positioned to provide support in information design, development and application to enhance decisions about healthcare and ultimately improve Scotland’s health.

We offer a wide range of high quality, high value consultancy services and products tailored specifically to Scottish health needs. These range from provision of interpretation, advice, training and support on new and existing data collections and their application, through to direct access for authorised information analysts and researchers to our key national datasets.

For details of job and an information pack, visit the website

Closing date: Monday 11th November 2019

Explore – risk analytics & data science

Deloitte are coming to Kings Buildings on 29th October 2pm to talk about the type of work they do in this area (using data and other methods to help assess and mitigate risks for clients) as well as the job opportunities that they have available.

Curious? Come along to find out more.

Sign up through EventBrite at:

Focus on: Arup

Arup are a UK-based, global consulting firm of consulting engineers (think Goldman Sachs of engineering!).  Famously they turned the architects vision of the Sydney Opera House into reality  alongside many other famous projects (Scottish Parliament, Coventry Cathederal, Barbican Centre, London Eye, Angel of the North, Millennium Bridge, Pompidou Centre, City of Manchester Stadium etc…)

  • Graduate vacancies are open now, due to close around 15th November.  They offer summer placements too. (Be aware, in our experience, they are quite slow at getting back to students, so be patient)
  • Some offices are easier to fill than others.  London is popular; apparently Bristol much less so and Whitehaven (nuclear industry) can be a challenge, so students could be strategic!
  • …but choice of office is a partly determined by the role as not all offices have every role.
  • Arup like our students!
  • Ove Arup (founder) gave his “Key Speech” in 1970, but it still guides the values of the company and students should be aware of it and have read over it.
  • They recruit from a surprisingly wide number of UoE subjects: (e.g) Acoustics, Animation, Archaeology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Criminology, Ecology, Engineering (all disciplines), Enviro Science, IT/Informatics, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Public Health, Social Policy, Zoology… and others!  Go to and scroll down to Filter vacancies by subject.
  • In some subjects/offices they will sponsor international students, but it depends on the competition and the student.

Online chats

Arup sent us the following email yesterday…

I was hoping you may be able to make your students aware of an online chat platform that we’re using at Arup this year as part of our graduate scheme and placement (summer and industrial) application process.

Every Tuesday and Thursday between 13:30 – 15:00 we will be hosting 1 to 1 live chats for students who are interested in finding out more about Arup, application processes, current projects, whatever they can think of! They will be connected to a member of our Early Careers team and will be able to chat to them on a 1 to 1 basis allowing our team to focus their complete attention on each individual student and also discuss an sensitive matters.

Students can sign up to the sessions using the following links:

Tuesday –

Thursday –

Work experiences stories

Two contrasting examples of work experience to share:

Lewis Lappin, a 4th year MPhys (Computational) student is working at GMV as a Robotics Systems Engineer, a placement he got from applying via the UK Space Agency’s SPiN internship programme

Phoebe O’Carroll-Moran is a 2nd year Mathematical Physics student. This summer she is using & developing her research skills within the Careers Service on two internal pieces of research:

  1. researching all the sectors that make up the Edinburgh City Deal and its data-driven innovation focus
  2. researching sport and physical activity opportunities in a collaboration with the link careers consultant for Moray House (& its sports and exercise degree programmes)