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Exciting placement opportunities for 2018-19

The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust is pleased to offer a number of placement year opportunities to students for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Zoo-based research placement

Based at one of our three zoos in Devon/Cornwall and suitable for students studying subjects such as Biology, Zoology, Animal Behaviour, Conservation or any biological science-related subject. These posts are for 10-12 months starting in September. Some 6 month posts are available and may start at other times.

Ecology research placement

Ecological research at one of our nature reserves in South Devon, suitable for students studying subjects such as Ecology, Biology, Zoology, Conservation, or other biological science-related subjects. These posts are for 6 months beginning in Feb/March until the end of August.

Advocacy research placement:

Exploring and encouraging positive attitudes and behaviours towards nature conservation and environmental sustainability, suitable for students studying subjects such as geography, psychology, sociology and environmental studies. These posts are for 10-12 months starting in September. Some 6 month posts are available and may start at other times.


For further information abut these opportunities, please visit TargetConnect:

Fast stream your future!

Interested in a career in the Civil Service and thinking of applying for the Fast Stream graduate programme?

Fast Stream Your Future is a FREE coaching programme aimed at helping students from either BAME (black, Asian or ethnic minority) backgrounds or those from under-privileged backgrounds with their applications for the Civil Service Fast Stream. The programme is open to eligible undergraduate students from any discipline, who are keen to work for the Civil Service.

Fast Stream Your Future can help:
Final year students to apply for the Fast Stream (the Civil Service graduate programme)

By applying to the Fast Stream Your Future  programme, you will receive one-on-one support throughout the application process, which will include:

Guidance for the online tests
Help with the application form
A bespoke one-to-one mock assessment centre

Who can apply?
In order to be eligible for the Fast Stream Your Future coaching programme, you must be:

An undergraduate student
A British citizen, EU citizen or commonwealth citizen
From a lower socioeconomic group – this might include eligibility for free school meals, means-tested grants and bursaries, or the experience of other forms of social disadvantage
Or from a BAME (black, Asian, ethnic minority) background

How to apply:
If you would like to find out more or to apply, please click here or contact Rachael Gourley at

Fast Stream Your Future will be assessing applications on a rolling basis as places are limited, so be sure to apply as soon as possible.


New placement scheme for Postgraduate Researchers!

This year, the Graduate School and Kent Innovation and Enterprise are launching a new placement scheme for postgraduate researchers.

The scheme will enable postgraduate researchers to:
• Undertake a full or part time opportunity working with a business or organisation
• Bring their expertise to a discrete project or problem
• Extend their skills, knowledge and experience in a commercial environment
• Take part in a programme supporting knowledge transfer and University-business engagement

Placements will also provide an excellent opportunity for academic schools to deepen their relationships with employers. Enquiries and applications will be welcome from businesses, organisations and postgraduates following the launch until the closing date of 14th February 2018.

Come along to the launch event on Wednesday 15th November 12.30-2.00pm in the Graduate School Training Room (Cornwallis East) to find out more.

Listen to presentations from people who have benefited from taking part in a placement or fixed term role with an organisation or business. Presentations will take place 12.30-1.15pm followed by a light lunch and networking.

This launch event is open to both staff members and postgraduate researchers. Book your place today by completing the doodle poll


In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact the Graduate School with any queries: 

Your Future, One Step at a Time – mental health and employability project

Thinking about your career path after university or where to
start when it comes to employability can be a daunting prospect.

Especially if you are dealing with mental health difficulties,
including anxiety, depression and stress. In order to support your
employability development whilst at university, a range of small,
relaxed sessions will be running, which address any concerns
or questions you may have surrounding employment.
These sessions aim to offer:
• Employability advice in a supportive environment – with refreshments!
• Informal small discussion groups with tailored sessions to your
employability needs
• Topics may include career planning, support from your employer,
CVs and applications and your rights in the work place
• Option to receive one to one guidance
If you would be interested in finding out more and getting involved,
please contact:

Liz Foden
Employability Adviser (Social Sciences)

Teach China Graduate Programme

Kick-start your career with this challenging and fulfilling experience of a lifetime in one of the world’s most rapidly developing economies and societies.

The 12 month Teach China Graduate Programme combines an insight in to this fascinating country with teacher training, mentoring and access to the Opportunity China support network.

Enhance your global and cultural awareness, hone your presentation and leadership skills, while learning Mandarin.

Applications are now open for both the February 2018 intake, and September 2018 intake.

For more information and how to apply, please visit:


Want a career in law? Check out this exciting opportunity open to students from ALL disciplines!

City Solicitors Horizons is supported by the City of London Solicitors’ Company, the City Solicitors’ Educational Trust (CSET), The Legal Education Foundation (TLEF) and leading City law firms.

About the City Solicitors Horizons programme:
50 talented first year undergraduates studying any degree discipline but interested in pursuing a career in law will be selected to complete an outstanding three-year support programme featuring:

Classroom and one-to-one training sessions Personal mentoring by lawyers at participating leading law firms Annual work experience placements with leading legal employers

About SEO London:
SEO is a diversity focused charity that helps students from under-represented backgrounds achieve their full career potential. In the last 15 years we have helped more than 5,000 talented undergraduates secure extremely competitive internships and graduate full time positions with more than 60 of the UK’s leading employers, including many leading City law firms.

How to apply:
Applications are now open! Please click here to apply. If you have already applied to SEO London you will still need to apply to the CSH programme.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so those interested in applying are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Places will be confirmed in December 2017.

Students will be selected based on social mobility criteria, academic performance and their commitment to pursuing a legal career.

To apply, you:

1. Must have been educated at a state funded school (at any point of your academic studies) and either:
a) be of the first generation of your immediate family to attend university; or
b) have been eligible for free school meals or some other form of income-related financial assistance; or
c) have been in care/are a care leaver.

2. Be reasonably committed at this stage of your university course to joining the legal profession; and

3. Have, in the judgement of your university, a strong potential to succeed academically.

4. You must also study at a university based in London or the south east of England. (Please see FAQs for more details.)

Practice Areas covered:

The programme is designed to give access to the full gamut of legal career opportunities. Practice areas covered include:

Children and Education
Civil Litigation
Intellectual Property

Fully funded placement opportunities for Wildlife Conservation or Biological Anthropology students


The London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium (LIDo) is one of the largest BBSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnerships in the UK and is a collaboration between University College London, King’s College London, Queen Mary, University of London, Royal Veterinary College, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Birkbeck, University of London.

We are offering 10 fully funded summer research experience placements in labs across the consortium. This special opportunity is only available to students from invited institutions, and we are particularly keen to hear from undergraduates at University of Kent.

To be eligible you must be in your middle year(s) of a relevant undergraduate degree, this includes biological sciences, physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, computer science, psychology and veterinary science and be on track for at least a 2:1.

This is a great opportunity for students on the Wildlife Conservation or Biological Anthropology programmes of study.

You will receive:

• £200 per week stipend
• Training, supervision and support
• A LIDo PhD student mentor
• Opportunities for networking
• The chance to win an all-expenses-paid place on the LIDo Academic Retreat in September 2018

The projects available and details on how to apply for them will be available in February.

Registrations of interest are strongly encouraged via this online form:

SAC Employability workshops!

Join us for our special alumni-led employability workshops on Monday 30th October

As part of this year’s Employability Festival, we will be running a series of workshops created just for SAC students

  1. What could I do with my degree from the School of Anthropology & Conservation?

What does a Parliamentary Assistant, a Commercial Solutions Manager, a PhD student, and a business start-up entrepreneur have in common? Join us for this informal session to find out!

This session will give you the opportunity to meet real SAC graduates, find out what they are doing now and how they got there. Hear about their experiences since graduation, make some contacts and be inspired.

This session will run twice. The morning session will be held 11:00-12:00 in GS1 and the afternoon session will be held 15:00-16:00 in GS5. Refreshments will be provided.

  1. Communicating your Value

Students are often told that they need to stand out in the jobs market but given very little, or bad advice, as to how to do that in reality. With the continuing rise of competition for good jobs and technology removing some jobs altogether, it is more important than ever that you can target a desired job and sell yourself into it.

This session will help you understand the key things employers are looking for and how you can avoid the use of generic statements like ‘good communicator’ to stand out from the crowd. See your degree, experiences and skills in a new light and gain the confidence to convey your true value to potential employers!

Bring along your C.V. and get some real and relevant advice.

Evan Page, who is a Commercial Solutions Manager at Philips Healthcare Systems and a former SAC student, will lead this session.

This session will be held 14:00-15:00 venue to be confirmed. Refreshments will be provided.

 All SAC students are welcome to attend, but places are limited! So make sure you book your place today by emailing

Employability Festival 2017

23rd October – 3rd November

Organised by the Careers & Employability Service, offering you presentations, workshops, guest speakers, industry experts and a careers fair. Special events organised just for SAC students too!

Get involved, consider your career options, meet with companies, discover work opportunities, and be inspired!

Check out the full programme here: