Careers in Tech & Data 12 Feb

The current list of exhibitors is now published on the website and on the Event Listing on MCH. 

We are really pleased with the line-up with great representation from small and medium sized organisations – roughly half of the exhibitors will be SMEs, and around half are recruiting students from any discipline – so definitely routes into STEM careers for everyone.  We’ve got quite a range of tech sectors represented too, examples include:

  • Deliveroo – you may have seen the press coverage around their new Edinburgh HQ
  • Emotech a new exhibitor in Robotics/AI  
  • a few related to Healthcare/MedTech like TPP, Canon Medical Research and NHS National Services Scotland
  • Criton talking about tech related to the hospitality industry.
  • Crover representing agritech back again after supporting with one of the talks last year
  • Direct Marketing Association (DMA) and QueryClick showcasing tech related opportunities in the world of Marketing/Advertising
  • FreetoBook and Red61 Ltd from Tourism/Festivals sector
  • Public sector represented by Home Office digital team
  • ESRI who specialise in GIS 
  • New exhibitors include Illuminate Technologies focusing on cyber security and  Adarga AI/Machine learning
  • Good representation from the space sector; SES, Shetland Space Centre, GSI, Spire and Clyde Space.
  • Edinburgh based tech companies well represented; FreeAgent (sponsoring), FanDuel, Modulr Finance, Speech Graphics, KAL ATM Software, Esri Global and UserTesting to name a few.

We’ve also got some great talks lined up to take place during the fair:

The first one, hosted by DDI sector lead for creative industries, Caroline Parkinson, focusses on BOTH tech & data related careers in the creative industries PLUS creative tech & data roles in organisations you may not associate with the creative industries. Speakers from DMA, Amazon and Edinburgh based animation and visual effects studio, Interference Pattern. More here

The second is all about how tech is changing roles across industries, hosted by the Data Lab to provide the overview with insight from speakers from Spire Global, Current Health and Emotech. More here

Find out how to get the most out the event on our website

Employ.ed on Campus internships now open – open to 2nd years too!

We are now advertising Employ.ed on Campus internships on MyCareerHub until the 23rd February. There are **record numbers** of internships this year – really interesting projects across the university including some within the School of Physics & Astronomy but you can apply for any that interest you. Search ‘Employ.ed on Campus’ on MyCareerHub

Key points:

  • 2nd to penultimate UG students can apply
  • You can apply to a max. of 3 internships 
  • You need to submit an application form on MCH for each internship you want to apply for
  • You must submit a CV and answer application questions
  • Use our online advice for Cvs and applications plus CV360 feedback tool on MyCareerHib Resources tab
  • You can get feedback on your applicaton(s) by booking an appointment with any of the Careers Consultants or by seeing me at my Physics & Astronomy Careers dropin on Thursdays from 12 outside the Magnet cafe

There is an online application support session on Thurs 6th Feb at 5pm

More information and full list of internships here: Employ.ed on Campus Appl…

Learn by doing and have a real-world impact

“Working on a real-world issue was amazing because it contextualises the usefulness of my degree and also career options in future”  Students as Change Agents 2019 Alumnus

Students as Change Agents: learn by doing and have a real-world impact

Students as Change Agents is a safe ‘living lab’ offering students from different backgrounds, disciplines and academic levels the chance to tackle real-world problems posed by external partner organisations, collaborate with peers and generate fresh thinking for sustainable solutions.
University of Edinburgh students can take advantage of February’s reading week to participate in a meaningful five-day programme that provides an opportunity for personal and professional development.
The next Students as Change Agents challenge will take place from Monday 17 February to Friday 21 February 2020. Complete an application to get a place on the programme.

Linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, this February’s challenges have a focus on the circular economy, homelessness and financial equality. Let us know in your application, which one you are most interested in.

  • How can the construction industry use digital technology to contribute to the circular economy?
  • How can Scotland change to reduce youth homelessness?
  • How can society fairly support women in the UK to develop long-term financial resilience and capability? 

You can find further information about Students as Change Agents, including the application process and details about current challenges, by visiting or searching ‘change agents’ in the events section on MyCareerHub

The deadline for applications is 23:59 PM on 10 February 2020.

Work experience opportunity – hackathon

UKSEDS’ inaugural hackathon, terra_Nova hack, will challenge students over the course of 24 hours to address one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals using satellite data. The hackathon is aimed at students with some programming experience, but no prior experience of Earth observation data. There will be a number of workshops to teach participants the basic knowledge and skills needed to access and process satellite imagery as well as expert mentors to help students with their projects as they progress.

The hackathon will help students gain the skills necessary to start a job in the downstream space industry.



Learning R through modelling sports – free workshop

In 2020, ATASS Sports will be hosting another two-day introductory training workshop designed for penultimate / final-year undergraduates and Masters / PhD students in mathematics, statistics, physics or computer science, with a special focus on learning the R language through sports modelling.

The workshop, which they’ll be running once in April 2020 and once in June 2020, will be free to attend and ATASS Sports will cover travel and accommodation expenses. The event will offer attendees a rare insight into the work of a commercial mathematical research organisation.

Here’s what they say:

Learning R through modelling sports: An interactive introduction to the R language

An introductory workshop designed for penultimate / final-year undergraduates or Masters / PhD students in mathematics, statistics, physics or computer science

Workshop venue: ATASS Sports, Oxygen House, Exeter

Date options: Thu 16 – Fri 17 April 2020 or Wed 24 – Thu 25 June 2020


At ATASS Sports, we apply cutting-edge statistical and mathematical techniques to forecast the results of sporting events, and in 2020 we’ll be running a special introductory training workshop on the statistical language R, and how it can be used to solve problems in the field of sports modelling.

During the two-day workshop (which we’ll be running twice – once in April, and once in June), you’ll learn the essentials of R from the ground up, and will have the opportunity to work hands-on with real sports data under the guidance of our expert statisticians. And of course, you’ll also get to sample the very best of West Country hospitality.

Full travel expenses and two nights of hotel accommodation (for Wed 15 & Thu 16 April, or Tue 23 & Wed 24 June) will be provided, along with entertainment at the end of day one.

Applications are welcomed from penultimate / final-year undergraduates or Masters / PhD students in mathematics, statistics, physics or computer science. Places will be allocated on a competitive basis. To apply, please visit and submit your CV, along with a paragraph explaining why you’d like to attend (200 words maximum).

The closing date for applications is Friday 31 January 2020.

Success after School industry placement

Chris Acheson (MPhys MInstP) is a recent graduate who wanted to share some advice.

I graduated with an MPhys from Edinburgh in 2018. During my degree I was fortunate enough to undertake a summer industry placement at Bright Ascension, the cubesat software company at CodeBase. (This was offered through the School’s Career Scholarship Programme as one of their industry placements)

I have just started a job at the Robinson Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand where I have joined the space team – the aim of the group is to find new applications for superconductors in space technologies.

Without a doubt, the reason I got the job was the internship at Bright Ascension, who have a really good reputation even here in New Zealand.

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

Using your degree: physics jobs on Gradcracker

I juts had a look at some of the jobs on and there are some really interesting ones for physics & astronomy graduates/finalists. These include:

  • Chief Electro Optics Technologist with Thales
  • Physical Security Graduate Scheme and Intelligent Mobility and Smart Technologies Graduate Scheme with Atkins
  • Graduate Project Management (Typhoon) in Edinburgh with Leonardo
  • Sustainability Graduate with Mace
  • Finance and Commercial Programme with Siemens
  • Water Resources with United Utilities
  • IOP Teacher Training Scholarships
  • Research & Development (Health) Programme with RB
  • Analytics Graduate with Jaguar LandRover
  • Graduate Specialist and Scientist Programme with Arcadis
  • Grad programmes in Physics, Health Physics and Analytics with Babcock

These are just a few – start exploring for yourself at Gradcracker

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 –

Prosper – a student-run socially responsible finance fund – and how physics helps

Thanks to Duncan Harris, 4th year Physics & Music student for sharing his experience with Prosper

“Going into the third year of my Physics and Music degree I began to look for ways to use the skills I had been learning on my course for something beyond the realm of quantum mechanics. A friend pointed me in the direction of Prosper Social Finance, I applied to join and have been involved ever since.

Prosper is the UK’s first student run social finance fund, started by some students here at Edinburgh a couple of years ago. We take on student analysts and train them in the fundamentals of financial analysis, stock markets and sustainability assessment methods whilst they research companies who might be suitable for our fund. This culminates in a stock pitch to our panel of industry experts who select the best stocks to invest in with money from the University. We invest with a longer term view, holding our investments for 5 years after which we sell and take any of the profits and distribute them to social enterprises and charities in Edinburgh.

I joined with no investment experience, and one of the great strengths of Prosper is that it brings voices from all degree backgrounds to the table. I found the maths from my degree put me in a good position to understand all of the financial analysis, and the complex systems, analytical thinking helped me pull apart the messiness behind the sustainability issues facing companies today. I of course learned a lot as well, not least that there is far more complexity to sustainability than just net zero carbon targets and tote bags. What’s best is the programme and collaborative nature of the research allowed me to actually develop all of those skills that look great on a CV in a way that I feel I will definitely be able to apply in the future.

It has given me some great experience in an industry I would not have otherwise considered, and though I don’t think I will pursue a career in asset management specifically my time at Prosper has given me such a good foundation in finance, sustainable business practice and a broader approach to social issues that I feel well placed to pursue my interests in any of those areas.

We run the course each semester so if you’re looking to get involved in a project outside your degree within which you can build and apply your skillset, meet likeminded people and be involved in something that makes a difference I can’t recommend Prosper enough. I hope to see you there.”

To get involved with Prosper Social Finance follow the link to the website and apply there, or find us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.