The Doctoral College at the University of Surrey supports the professional and career development of our postgraduate researchers and early career researchers underpinning the growth of our world-leading research.

With over 1,500 postgraduate researchers working on unique projects in over 170 research areas from Artificial Intelligence to Veterinary Medicine & Sciences, they are an integral part of the University of Surrey Research and Innovation Strategy 2019-22.

Our research programmes demonstrates the breadth of our post graduate researchers knowledge and developing expertise.

Through the Doctoral College you will have access to PhD/EngD/MD and PsychD (research students) and Early Career Researchers (staff), with higher level skills, able to bring new ideas and ways of thinking to your organisation as well as the potential to engage in collaborative research and knowledge exchange opportunities.

We will also be able to signpost you to other parts of the university, if working with us isn’t quite the right option for you.

Ways to work with us

Short consultancy project or placements

Does your organisation have limited capacity to begin, or complete, a specific project or piece of research work?  Do you have a problem to solve?  Through the Doctoral College, as an employer you can offer:

Short consultancy projects or placements

  • One to three weeks (usually full-time)

One day per week (to a maximum of 15 days)

  • Block placements
  • One to three months to our postgraduate research students.

To support this the Doctoral College is currently running the Locus-UoS Project

The Locus-UoS Project is an initiative funded by the University of Surrey through the Higher Education and Innovation Fund (HEIF).  The project aims to create connections between academia and industry by funding opportunities for postgraduate researchers to participate in a work placement or consultancy. 

Some key details:

  • We support placements in organisations that do not run an existing placement scheme for research students.
  • The maximum duration of a placement will be 35 hours per week for 12 weeks (or part-time equivalent).  Shorter placements are welcome.
  • Flexible part-time models are popular with our postgraduate researchers. 
  • Placements will be at no cost to your organisation, our postgraduate researchers will be supported financially by the University.

If you have a placement or consultancy opportunity, or you would like to register your interest in the scheme for a later date, please complete the Locus-UoS Employer Form and we will be in touch.

For further information please contact Jane Pango, Doctoral College Placement & Employability Coordinator

Employer mentoring

We have an established employer mentoring programme targeted at both our post graduate and early career researchers. We are always keen to talk to employers who may have an interest in mentoring.  

  • Mentoring provides you with an opportunity to ‘give back’ and for researchers to explore how their research is viewed outside of academia, gain support on managing the transition from academia to business/industry/charity sectors and build their professional network. 
  • Many of our mentors have a doctorate themselves.
  • It is a flexible model which means it may be a one-off meeting or ongoing (three to four sessions) over a year, and you agree with your mentee the mode of contact (currently of course all meetings are virtual).

Please contact Emma Francis (Careers and Employability Consultant) if you would like to know more.

Employer events

We also run a number of events during the year enabling employers to connect with future talent, ensuring that our postgraduate and early career researchers are better aware of future opportunities open to them.

Are you a University of Surrey doctorate alumni?

You may wish to join our  Doctoral College alumni community

Do you have a vacancy opportunity for a postgraduate researcher (PhD) or graduate?

Through the Employability and Career digital hub, Surrey Pathfinder you can post and manage your vacancies online.

Contact us

Interested in any of the options, or do you have other innovative and interesting ideas for collaboration?

If so, please don’t hesitate to email Clare Wunderly Head of Researcher Development and Employability. We look forward to hearing from you.

Contact us

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