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Research Assistant placement opportunity

Would you like to make a real contribution to cutting-edge research whilst learning about rural and environmental issues and research methodologies?

The Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI), based at the University of Gloucestershire, is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant (Student Placement) to support the research output of the Institute. The CCRI is the largest specialist rural research centres in the UK and currently employs over 20 people who work on a diverse range of social science research and consultancy projects relating to rural environment and agricultural policy; rural community and services; rural economic development; food; recreation; and access issues. For further information, visit

The successful applicant will be expected to become a fully functional team member and to make a genuine contribution to the output of the Institute during their placement.

Desirable qualities of placement student:

Good level of computer competency; particularly Microsoft Word and Excel
Excellent communication skills
Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative
Strong interest in environmental and rural issues
Experience of using social media for marketing/networking

Opportunity Duration:

10-12 months

For more information about the placement and how to apply, visit:

Careers in politics and the Third Sector

The School of Politics and IR will be hosting the following workshops that are open to ALL students

Careers in Diplomacy: Owen Traylor Workshop
Wednesday 21st February (W18), 1pm, Grimond SR8

Careers in Charities and NGOs
Wednesday 7th March (W20), 1pm, Grimond SR8

Interested in doing a placement?

Placements provide students with the opportunity to gain skills specific to their subject or industry of choice as well as the employability skills required for real-life work. The Careers and Employability Service will be running this session, providing insights into the benefits of doing a placement and tips on how to find one!

22nd February 12.00 -13.00 KLT5
1st March 12.00- 13.00 KLT5
20th March 14.00-15.00 KLT5

Sign-up via TargetConnect

Placement opportunity at Chester Zoo

September 2018 – September 2019

The North of England Zoological Society (Chester Zoo) is one of the leading zoological collections in Europe with an international reputation for achieving its mission in conservation breeding programmes, research and education.

We are looking for highly committed, motivated individuals to join our animal husbandry departments for 12 month work experience/internship placements within this unique scientific/conservation environment. These Internships are practical in nature with a theoretical input but they are not designed to be ‘research’ placements as such.

These placements are demanding but highly rewarding voluntary positions and many of our past interns have gone on to follow careers in zoos.

The Internships:

  • Maximum eleven months duration (plus four weeks holiday), commencing on Monday 10 September 2018 and finishing late August/early September 2019.
  • Interns will be assigned to one of our animal keeping sections specialising in either birds; mammals; reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates, or fish and aquatic invertebrates.
  • In addition to animal husbandry duties, interns will be required to spend at least 2 weeks assisting with the production and distribution of animal feeds (including management of invertebrate colonies, forage production, browse provision etc). There may also be opportunities to assist zoo staff with collection of behavioural and clinical data and involvement in environmental enrichment programmes.
  • A limited number of places may provide the opportunity to combine the Internship with a ‘Sandwich Year’ of a University Course. If applicable to you, please ensure this is made clear in Section 4 of your application form.
  • Interns will receive on-the-job training in the husbandry of the species with which they work, and a series of monthly ‘Workshops’ are arranged to teach other animal management topics including the basics of nutrition, collection planning, breeding programmes, in-situ conservation programmes, record keeping, enrichment etc.
  • This is a full time and physically demanding position and a good level of fitness is required. Hours of work are from 7.00am to 4.00pm (birds) or 8.00am to 5.00pm daily, working ten days in fourteen, including alternate weekends, bank holidays etc as rostered.

As we are a Registered Charity, funded entirely by visitor fees and donations, we regret we are unable to offer any wages or salary for the placement.  We will provide a full uniform and luncheon vouchers for the days that you attend. No other financial benefits are offered.  However, we do offer a comprehensive practical training which  together with the monthly ‘Workshops’ covering a wide range of subjects, provides significant insight into the functioning of a successful and responsible zoological collection, the aim being to promote your future employability.

What we are looking for in our interns:

  • You must currently be studying for, or have completed, a broadly animal science related course at HND or Degree level or Level 4 NVQ.
  • You must have a genuine interest in all aspects of animal husbandry and be empathetic to the mission of the Zoo
  • You must be able to work as an individual or as part of a team, with a reliable and conscientious attitude and good communication skills.
  • Have the ability to financially support and motivate yourself for the entire length of the internship.


Application forms can be obtained from the Chester Zoo Website Please ensure you use the One Year Internship Application Form and return it by post FAO ‘Penny Rudd’, The North of England Zoological Society, Cedar House, Caughall Road, Upton-by-Chester, CHESTER, CH2 1LH.  For urgent and genuine queries only please contact Penny Rudd, Internships Co-ordinator via email at Interviews will be held for these positions in late February, March and early April 2018. Applicants from outside the UK will be offered Skype interviews but would be expected to fund their own travel and relocation costs if successful.

Closing date:  Friday 16 March 2018.

Careers with a degree in Wildlife Conservation, Biodiversity and the Environment

Careers with a degree in Wildlife Conservation, Biodiversity and the Environment

Thursday 8th February 1pm- 2pm in KLT5

Come along to this one-off session run by the Careers & Employability Service, for more information about:

* Careers open to graduates with a degree in conservation, from Ecologist to Ecotourism, Teacher to Nature Reserve Warden, Environmental Consultant to Zookeeper.
* How to choose a career
* Postgraduate study
* Sources of internships and graduate jobs
* How employers view graduates of conservation and how to develop the necessary skills for environmental jobs.
* Environmental CVs
* Taking action – when to apply for jobs, postgraduate study etc.

All welcome – this event is open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students

Placement opportunity for Biological Anthropology students

Would you like the opportunity to contribute to the fight against serious and organised crime?

This role will require the individual to support the National Injuries Database team in the provision of operational support to major crime investigations. One of the main responsibilities will involve overseeing Operational Marshall (a national intrafamilial child suspicious and homicide database) by inputting new case forms onto the database, liaising with forces and checking the inbox, conducting searches of the database and formulating reports from the search results as well as performing open source research for qualifying cases. Another role will be to input triaged cases onto the National Injuries Database and conducting research to support operational cases on behalf of the NID team. Finally, the individual will provide administrative support to the team and assist with any ad-hoc duties to support live investigations and the wider Major Crime Investigative Support (MCIS) unit.

This role is only open to students enrolled on a forensics degree course that requires a placement year as part of their course.

Deadline for applications: 19 February 2018

For more information and how to apply,  click here

Interview Skills workshop

Interview Skills workshop

Wednesday 31st January, 9.30am – 11:00am in Keynes Seminar room 23

Grant Thornton will be running a workshop for students on how to feel more confident and prepared for upcoming interviews. You will also get a greater understanding of the format and content of potential interviews

Spaces are limited, so to sign up please email:

Employability events in Week 15

Date Venue Time Event
Monday 29 January Keynes Atrium 10:00-16:00 Deloitte installation

#TellDeloitte your idea, dream, business concept or technology innovation for a chance to WIN an iPad and a spot on our innovation workshop in London with a further chance to WIN £5,000 to help turn your imagination into action.

Monday 29 January CES building 13:00-13:30 CVs & Covering Letters
Tuesday 30 January Graduate School 11:00-12:00 PG: Professional networking
Tuesday 30 January KLT5 13:00-14:00 Professional Networking
Wednesday 31 January KS12 14:00-15:30 Lawyers in Government: Legislation Workshop

An interactive workshop around the passage of a Bill through Parliament.

This workshop is designed to be accessible to both law students and students of other disciplines.

Wednesday 31 January KLT6 13:00-14:00 Careers with a degree in Physics
Thursday 01 February KLT5 13:00-14:00 Careers with a degree in Comparative Literature
For further details & to book visit

Get outside, learn some new skills and earn employability points

Learn something new with a  FREE Study Plus course!

SAC’s own Dr Ian Bride will be running several courses, introducing students to woodland management, and the historical and ecological importance of these practices, in a fun and interactive way

  • Tree Identification: Bark and Buds 

Wednesday 31 January 2018 (week 15) 12:00-16:00

  • Woodland Coppicing: Understanding and Practice

Wednesday 7 February 2018 (week 16) 12:00 – 16:00

  • Woodland Crafts: Hazel Hurdles (Fence Sections)

Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 February 2018 (week 17) 09:00-13:00

  • Woodland Crafts: Making a Brash Fence

Tuesday 20 February 2018 (Week 18) 12:00-16:00

For more information about all of the Study Plus courses offered and how to sign up via SDS visit: