Placement Student of the Year

We’re proud of our track record for graduate employability. Surrey has a long history of supporting year-long placements as part of the student experience, with a heritage going back to its founding roots as the Battersea Institute of Technology.

Each year we recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions of our students during their placement year in industry.

Placement Student of the Year 2020

The Professional Training placement year provides the opportunity for our students to spend 12 months working in industry, commerce, the public sector or in charities. It gives them an insight into their subject and career potential, and early access to professional experience. It can be invaluable in developing work-based skills and helping them secure a graduate career.

The experiences our PTY students have while out on placement is not only remarkable, but has significant real-life impact. This year was certainly no exception, with an impressive list of nominations from across all Schools and Departments for the Awards.

Faculty winners 2020

Highly commended placement students

  • Aimee Mather, Psychology - Professional Research Assistant in the Child Cognition Lab at Boston University under Professor Deborah Kelemen
  • Martha Boardman, Bioscience - Placement Student at Sealed Air and Marketing Intern at Trident
  • Nathan Strickland, Electrical & Electronic Engineering - Technology Consultant at Deloitte
  • Laura Giussani, Hospitality & Tourism Management - Manager in Training Programme at Admirals Cove.
  • Nicola Robson, Biological Sciences  - Primate Researcher at ARCAmazon
  • Stefen Bell, Physics - Placement student in Emissions and Atmospheric Metrology at National Physical Laboratory
  • Hannah Finnimore, Dance - Intern at Hofesh Shechter Company
  • Luis Saavedra del Tor, Computer Science - Research Intern at AGT Group R&D GmbH.
  • Jason Ridley, Civil Engineering – Placement Student at Eurovia
  • Calypso Neale-Way, Law – Universal Credit Adviser at Citizens Advice
  • Richard Christie, Tonmeister – Assistant Engineer for Peter Gabriel Ltd at Real World Studios
  • Amie Buttle, Mechanical Engineering Sciences – Undergraduate Innovation Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover.
  • Matt Tabor, Sports and Exercise Science  - Placement Student at West Ham United
  • Beth Smiles, Guildford School of Acting - Assistant Producer at Omnibus Theatre
  • Nalin Karnchanachari, School of Bioscience and Medicine - Science Communications Intern at Yakult UK
  • Jordan Downie, Psychology - Placement Student at Millfields Personality Disorder Service, East London NHS Foundation Trust.

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