Summer placement students showcase achievements at SEPnet Expo
The SEPnet (South East Physics network) Students’ Expo on 28 November was an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of physics students – including 11 from Surrey – while on summer placement.
The Expo was organised by SEPnet – a network of nine universities, including Surrey, which promotes training and employment opportunities for physics students across the South East.
Taking place in central London, the Expo welcomed 74 students who went on summer placements in 2018, along with a range of well-known companies and the Institute of Physics. Among the organisations attending were AWE, BAE Systems, Leonardo, the Met Office, Medical Research Council, NPL, STFC Rutherford Appleton Labs, Rank Group, Royal Marsden Hospital, Thales, UKAEA and Ultra Electronics.
During the Expo, each student got the chance to try out their presentation skills in front of employers and fellow students with a 60 second pitch, followed by a poster networking session. The day also included an employer discussion panel and open floor Q&A session.
"The feedback from the day was very positive, with people commenting on the variety of projects, good quality of the posters and valuable networking sessions."
Ollie Camilleri, a Year 2 Physics student at Surrey, said: “My SEPnet placement with Fourth State Medicine gave me an enormous range of new skills and interests that are not just something to talk about on a CV, but tools I now use. For example, learning how to use Arduinos and general work with circuitry has given my confidence with electronics a huge boost. The placement was also wonderful on a personal level: I got to work with some fantastic people.”
Kay Pearson, Surrey’s Employability & Professional Skills Adviser for Physics, commented: “The Expo gives students exposure to a wide range of employers that they might not otherwise have heard about and to talk informally with them about their work, the sort of students they look for, and how to make that first move into a new career area.”
Employer Liaison Director Veronica Benson, who coordinates the summer placement scheme across the nine partner universities, said: “The feedback from the day was very positive, with people commenting on the variety of projects, good quality of the posters and valuable networking sessions.”
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