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SEPnet Summer Placements 2015 - Call for Projects for Physics Undergraduates

SEPnet (South East Physics Network) is a consortium of 9 university physics departments including Hertfordshire, Kent, Portsmouth, London (Queen Mary, Royal Holloway), Southampton, Surrey, Sussex and Open University.

Who is the scheme aimed at?

  • Any organisations interested in recruiting physics graduates including large companies, research institutions and SMEs.


Benefits to Employers

  • Early access to bright, numerate students with excellent problem-solving and IT skills who may be potential future employees

  • Enables you to solve a challenge or problem and carry out projects you would not normally have time for

  • Enables you to build links with universities and put something back

  • Provides an invaluable resource, adding value to your business and offering a fresh perspective on your business challenges

  • All advertising, administration and placement support is handled by SEPnet to create a smooth, straightforward process  

  • Employers participating in the scheme include National Physical Laboratory, Selex ES, QinetiQ, the Met Office, BAE Systems, Amec and several SMEs

What employers have said:


‘Very satisfied with the whole process, organised and straightforward, with good students.’

‘The CVs that come through via SEPnet are very good.’

‘We took SEPnet students for the second year running this year and have been very impressed with the calibre of the students, their capabilities and the general high  standard. For your records we have just made a permanent job offer to one of the students…’.


How does it work?

  • The scheme provides placements to physics students to give them the opportunity to work for 8 weeks in industry or research in areas such as data analysis, mathematic modelling, product design and testing or science communication

  • Projects are selected based on academic merit and the potential for students to gain commercial awareness and employability skills such as communication and teamwork

  • Placements take place from June to September (employers can extend placements by funding on a pro rata basis)

  • Employers pay students £2,000 to cover student expenses. If you submit 2 approved projects, SEPnet will fund the 2nd placement.

  • Match-funding is available for SMEs and organisations or departments with a limited budget.


Next steps

 Visit for further information and to register your placement project, or projects, online by 14 February.