Edinburgh Award Success

Congratulations to the 15 School of Physics and Astronomy students who received an Edinburgh Award at a ceremony in April.

The Edinburgh Award

The Edinburgh Award recognises the non-academic University activities, such as volunteering work, community activities or part time work, which some students take part in. The Award encourages students to reflect on and develop the skills gained through taking part in such activities.  One of the important aspects of the Award is the opportunity for students to articulate what they have gained from such activities – a skill which will be of advantage when communicating with potential employers.

The School’s Edinburgh Award recipients had contributed to the School’s Physics Outreach Team or the Maths Buddies scheme.

More detail here

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Summer internships in the space industry

The Space Placements in INdustry scheme (SPIN) provides an introductory link for those considering employment(and wanting to build experience) in the space sector with space sector organisations looking to find the most talented and enthusiastic people to ensure the future. It’s managed by the UK Space Agency and supported by the Satellite Applications Catapult. They offer paid summer internships with lots of benefits. Kathie Bowden from the UK Space Agency says:

“Please spread the word to your students there are some great opportunities now – and more to come –  in the next few weeks.”

Space Placements in Industry (SPIN) Satellite Applications Catapult

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Use these self-help resources first to help you with your draft application answers and CV, then get some feedback from the Careers Service before you send it.  Make your application a good one!

 

 

 

Focus on: Lockheed Martin

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Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 105,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

Lockheed Martin UK has its HQ in London and 16 key sites across the UK from Cornwall to Glasgow. Working across Aeronautics, Missiles & Fire Control, Rotary and Mission Systems and Space (including partnerships in global communications, weather forecasting, space exploration and national security).

I met some of their staff recently at the recent UKSEDS Student Space Conference, including a recent astrophysics graduate. Their space division builds the satellites and spacecraft that do amazing things in space for government and commercial customers e.g. Lockheed Martin-built satellites give earlier warning of severe weather, connect troops on the battlefield, and deliver GPS directions to a billion people worldwide.

They recruit physics and astronomy students and graduates for summer internships and graduate positions. LM UK has a graduate programme and their are opportunities globally too

To find out more visit Lockheed Martin

IBM Universities Business Challenge UoE success

Maxwell’s Angels came 4th in the grand final in London!

Over 300 teams UK-wide took part in this highly competitive challenge, the majority from university business schools.  The School of Physics & Astronomy got three teams to the Edinburgh semi-final (one winning best presentation) and this team (mentored by Vicky Clark of The DataLab) to the London final so did Edinburgh proud. It just shows how good our students are – and how studying physics & astronomy can make you capable of doing more than you might think!

Here they are getting their certificates.

Team Maxwells Angels

Maxwells Angels 4th in grand final

Success at IBM Universities Business Challenge semi-final!

The Universities Business Challenge Worldwide is the world’s longest established simulation-based competition designed to develop employability and enterprise skills. Supported by the UK and South Africa’s leading universities and graduate employers, over 30,000 students have benefitted from taking part in the UBC Worldwide Challenge since 1998.

UPDATE*** 

  • Maxwell’s Angels won the semi-final so onto the final in London on the 22nd!
  • Team Kepler came third and won best presentation on the day
  • Here’s what Tommaso said:

    Even though we didn’t qualify I’m still happy with the semi-final as I wasn’t even expecting to get there. As a theoretical physics student I had no background in business or any related subject (not even in high school) and I feel I have learnt a lot from it.

I am very proud to be supporting all three School of Physics & Astronomy teams who have made it to the IBM UBC semi-final in Edinburgh today.  The teams are Maxwell’s Angels led by Sania Lewis, Kepler led by Adam Thomas-Mitchell and Maxwell’s Demons led by Wesley Shao.  SOPA teams have done well in this competition so I am wishing them lots of luck. If you want to know more about the IBM UBC, you can find it here.

Semi-final winners! Maxwell’s Angels led by Sania Lewis – Emma Elley, Elizabeth Applequist, Hildegard Metzger, Olivia Ngan

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Team Kepler led by Adam Thomas-Mitchell, Brendan Martin, Amilah Choudhury, Rebecca Cassidy and Thomas Stanton

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Maxwell’s Demons led by Wesley Shao, Karel Vesely, Clara Edmonds,  Tommaso Bruggi, Margot Van Laar

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Employ.ed on Campus Internships plus help in applying

Planning to apply for an Employ.ed on Campus Internship for this summer? Open to 2nd year to penultimate year students, you will find these on MyCareerHub

There are 57 great, paid, on-campus opportunities available across a range of university departments and units including:

  • Start-up Accelerator and Data Intern (Edinburgh Innovations)
  • Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas Intern (IAD)
  • other include projects in virtual learning, equality & diversity, comms and marketing and several within the School of Physics & Astronomy:
  • Research Computing Internship (Codes, Data Techniques and Skills)
  • Open Source Web Development Community Champion
  • Event Coordinator and Marketing Intern

Keen?  Applications close on 20 Feb so get our expert tips on putting together an effective application. Find out how to match your experience to the job, what recruiters will be looking for, and the little things that make a big difference.

Online session Tue 12 Feb 2019, 1:15 PM to 2:00 PM.  Connect through MyCareerHub

Get summer experience abroad

Interested in getting some summer experience overseas?

This coming week is #GoAbroad week – click to find out more about opportunities to spend your summer abroad (lots being advertised right now), funding (register for Erasmus+ and Go Abroad Fund) and hear from students sharing their international experiences – don’t miss the chance to find out more!

·         Finding Opportunities Abroad–Making the Most of Your Summer on Weds, 23rd January – Get tips on what funding is available and how you can identify and successfully apply for a summer experience abroad.

·         How do I #GoAbroad? Student Q&A Panel on Thurs, 24th January – Come and hear from fellow students who have gone abroad to work or volunteer (with funding) about what it was really like and how you can do it too!

·         PLUS Recruiter in Residences in the Main Library Building: Think Pacific (21st 10-1pm), BUNAC (21st 1-3pm), Camp Leaders UK (22ND 10-2pm), Education First (23rd 10-2pm) and Macau Edinburgh Exchange Tour (MEET) (24th – 10-2pm) – meet some of the employers with opportunities abroad.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @uofedcareers #GoAbroad – we have a special series of posts about GoAbroad opportunities, how to find funding, the resources that you can access 24/7 and blog posts by students sharing their international experience.

Success for Chloe: Ogden Trust Outstanding Intern Award AND IOP Teach Physics Scholarship!

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Chloe was recognised as one of the Ogden Trust’s Outstanding Teach Physics interns for 2017 and received her award from Professor Arthur Trew, Head of the School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh. You can find her blogpost here.

In 2017, 55 students were awarded Teach Physics internships at 36 schools in England & Wales. For most, it had only been a few years since they had left school themselves so it was interesting for them to taste school life from the other side of the (interactive) whiteboard!

Interns were asked to write a reflective diary, noting their observations about teaching styles, behaviour management, responses to learning and school administration, recording their own successes, and paying attention to their less successful moments. You can find their diaries, including Chloe’s award-winning one  here

Chloe got in touch in June to say:

I was also successful in applying for the IOP Teach Physics scholarship and in September I will begin teacher training in Science with Physics (PGCE) via Durham SCITT, a programme recommended to me by the staff at Bishop Barrington School, my Ogden Trust placement.

In  terms of advice for other students, the most helpful thing I can suggest is just to say ‘yes’! If an opportunity presents itself don’t let insecurities or worries stand in your way, just go for it. It might just help you figure out what really makes you happy. 

Also, read the emails you get from the university and the Careers Service! That’s how I found the Ogden Trust internship and I can say with no doubt that it’s changed the course of my life (for the better, of course).

Broad advice, but that’s what I wish someone had told me!

Jobs in the School of Physics & Astronomy

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There are some great opportunities available within the School.  Full details will be on the School wiki and on MyCareerHub. Closing dates 23rd & 24th Sep.

Remember you can do an Edinburgh Award alongside these to get a) recognition on your academic record and b) some great support to help you get the most out of the experience and be able to present it well on applications and at interviews

Student Ambassador – we are looking to recruit ~10 students to this post who will provide degree information, share student experience & conduct tours for prospective students at Open Days etc. Paid at Grade 3 (approx. £10/hr) with approx. 15 hours input across the year on a ‘student experience’ guaranteed hours contract.

Communications Representative – we are looking to recruit 1 student to contribute to writing and publishing communications on the School’s social media channels and forthcoming blog. Paid at Grade 3 (approx. £10/hr) working approx. 1 hour / week on a ‘student experience’ guaranteed hours contract.

Public Engagement Volunteers – we are looking to recruit 10-15 volunteers to set up and run demonstrations and experiments explaining physics concepts to members of the public and secondary pupils (at science fairs, secondary schools etc). This role is a voluntary position, with volunteers each involved in approx. 15 hours input from October to March.

Success for Freddie

Freddie Ferguson (MPhys) was one of the physics team captains who got his team to the semi-final of the IBM Universities Business Challenge in Edinburgh this year.

He has just been successful in getting a Saltire internship this summer at Finning International in Vancouver.  He will be a Business Analysis Intern. You can find out more about the Saltire programme here. Freddie has agreed to write a couple of blogposts for this blog later in the summer.

171 bright, ambitious and talented students from across Scotland’s universities have secured internships around the globe. I’m very pleased to say that 12 are from the University of Edinburgh.

Saltire group 2018 inc Freddie

Here is what the Saltire Foundation told us:

“This year was a particularly competitive year, with over 1,500 students applying to take part in the programme – a 30% increase on last year. This incredible number is a strong indication the value your students continue to see in our programme and the opportunity it presents them. The Careers Service’s support of the programme and encouragement you provide your students has been instrumental in 2018 being yet another record breaking year.”