Engineering Geology & Geotechnics Industrial Placement Conference
As part of the formal assessment of the sandwich placement year on the degree in Engineering Geology & Geotechnics the returning students organise and present at an Industrial Placement Conference. The conference was held on 1 December 2016 and was attended by a number of placement companies, the students themselves plus the 2nd year students who are preparing for their placement year. To kick off the conference Helen Smith, Director and owner of Leap Environmental, gave a key note on the route to professional qualifications once graduated. Our fantastic final year students then presented their experiences in 15 minute slots which were live streamed on our youtube video channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCym_AsXIKjMXE6_iHMXK5w.
Placements were taken throughout the UK at small, medium and large companies all in the “ground engineering” sector. Our students gained significant transferrable and sector skill sets whilst on placement but the main message from the conference was the increase in confidence it has given them in both the work place and in coming back to University. We had a great day and all our students gave fantastic professional presentations and impressed the companies that were in attendance.
SEPnet Summer Placement Conference
Once again the SEPnet (South East Physics Network) Summer Placement Conference, held at the RSA, was an enjoyable and successful event. Students representing each of the SEPnet universities presented high quality posters and talks to over 150 employer representatives, tutors and peers. Dan Dyer, from Portsmouth, presented a poster and gave an oral presentation, describing work he carried out at the Hampshire Astronomical Group, on “Meteor Radio Scatter Data Collection Improvements” under the supervision of Steve Futcher.
Also, we were very pleased to see Carlotte Lister representing Ultra Electronics at the event. Charlotte presented her work at the previous year’s 2015 SEPnet conference. After her talk, presented in 2015, she was approached by Ultra Electronics and subsequently obtained employment with them. This year Charlotte was at the conference but this time representing Ultra Electronics! Industrial experience through summer or yearlong placements greatly enhances employment prospects.
Portsmouth also hosted a student from Southampton during the summer. Louise Speake carried out a project with Dr Esmaeil Namvar from the Applied Physics Group at Portsmouth on “Synthesis and Characterisation of Quantum Dot Photodetectors”
For more information about SEPnet’s summer placement scheme email firstname.lastname@example.org