Success for SoPA students at the IBM Universities Business Challenge 2020

Delighted to be supporting three teams of physics & astronomy students at the IBM UBC semifinal at Teviot again!

They are honing their creativity, numerical & analytical skills, group working and entrepreneurial thinking. They are just about to present a 40 second TV advert…can’t wait!

Update: our teams placed 3rd, 4th and 5th and I am delighted that the team that placed 3rd have got a wildcard place in the IBM UBC virtual final on March 20th. Well done to Alastair, Paula and Pablo!

Networking ninjas at the IBM UBC

From uni to workplace: what I wish I’d known

Physics & Astronomy and Maths graduates share their stories on managing the move into a professional workplace. Find out about

  • the jobs they do & the environments they work in
  • their perceptions & expectations before they started and how they felt after
  • employer expectations of them in their workplace when it comes to professional  behaviour & workplace culture
  • their advice on what you can do now to help you feel more confident about the move into the workplace

This session will be useful for those who have already have a job lined up as well as for those who are still looking and planning

It will help you :

  • discover what’s out there
  • become more confident and professional

Tuesday 17th March 5.30pm JCMB

More details and sign-up on MyCareerHub

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Your Careers Compass

Internships at the Careers Service – get in quick!

Last year we had a second year physics & astronomy student doing a piece of research for us on the Data Driven Innovation sectors in Edinburgh

This year the Careers Service is currently advertising for 3 Employ.ed Interns this summer. 

The roles are all under the title “Research and Resource Development Intern”. Each internship has a different focus:

  • Move into Work (developing professional behaviour resources)
  • Virtual Reality
  • India/South East Asia resources. 

If you are in year 2, 3 or 4 (of a 5 year degree) you can apply.

More information on MyCareerHub

Closing date is 8 March.  If you need feedback on applications, use our online resources including CV360 and application advice.

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 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-51027558
  • 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  https://www.hub.ed.ac.uk/students/events/Detail/665974

More information and full list of internships here: 
https://www.ed.ac.uk/careers/looking-for-work/internships/employed/employed-on-campus/on-campus 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 ed.ac.uk/careers/changeprogramme 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.

contact: hackathon@ukseds.org

Apply: https://ukseds.org/aurora/?p=terra_nova

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

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

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 www.atass-sports.co.uk/workshop 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.