Published: 06 November 2018

Physics students get the SEPnet advantage

Surrey has a great reputation for placements and employability – and for physics students, this is boosted by the University’s membership of SEPnet (South East Physics Network) which promotes training and employment opportunities across the South East.

As one of nine universities which make up SEPnet, Surrey is able to offer physics students a wide range of additional opportunities. These include bespoke summer placements for undergraduates and PhD students, mentoring and networking opportunities with employers, and an outreach and public engagement programme, enabling students to get involved as outreach ambassadors and demonstrators. The network also gives physics graduates access to GRADnet, the largest physics postgraduate school in England.

The universities which make up SEPnet are committed to advancing and sustaining physics as a vital subject for the UK economy and increasing training and employment opportunities for physics students across the South East.

Surrey’s membership of SEPnet builds on the University’s renowned Professional Training placement scheme and its long track-record of sending students on placements in research and industry. Surrey was recently ranked 1st in the UK and 7th in the world for work placements and research partnerships with employers in the QS World Employability Rankings 2019.

As a SEPnet member, Surrey has a dedicated Employability & Professional Skills Adviser for Physics, and offers a full programme of employer talks, site visits and open days, and many opportunities for students and employers to meet.

Employability & Professional Skills Adviser Kay Pearson says: “By coming to Surrey, a SEPnet partner university, students are able to leverage our excellent contacts with employers across the south east. The Professional Training or Research Year placements they undertake enable them to apply the theory they’ve learned in practice, earn a good salary and make themselves far more employable.”

Surrey works with over 2,300 placement providers and sent 1,200 students out on placement globally in 2017-18. The benefits of student placements are wide reaching, with 39 per cent of our students returning from placement with a job offer, and 92 per cent feeling they are more employable post placement.

New students can access employability events from day one at Surrey: support for placement applications is available within each Department or School and from the central careers service.

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