Be Part of a Scientist Training Programme (STP) with A Part Time MSc

Published 4 November 2016 @ 11:32 AM, by Noushin Aslam

The Scientist Training Programme (STP) is a three year training programme that includes work-based and academic learning. Whilst on the programme you will also complete a part-time master's degree at the university offering your chosen specialism. The aim of the STP is to attract, select and retain the very best people to clinical scientist posts. Find out more on the NSHCS website.


To apply for the programme you must have an honours degree (1st or 2:1) in a pure or applied science area relevant to the specialism you are interested in. If you achieved a 2:2 in your degree, you would also be considered if you also have an MSc or PhD in the specialism you wish to apply for. Evidence of research experience in the form of a higher degree or equivalent evidence of a scientific/academic basis is desirable.

Students can apply for specialities that are different from their own degree discipline (e.g. a genetics student applying for audiology, or sports scientist applying for microbiology), but it is up to the applicant to be able to prove their ability and interest in their specialism of choice. You can find further information about eligibility and accepted qualifications on the Health Careers website.

Gaining relevant work experience

Ideally, you need a combination of research, clinical and caring experience.


Here are some resources with more information about the roles and to help you find relevant work experience:  

5 easy and creative ways to improve your employability whilst still at uni

Published 2 November 2016 @ 12:48 PM, by Harriet Timmis

Graduates in recent years have found that the jobs they want to apply for require experience, but to get that experience they first need to secure the job. It’s the classic catch 22 situation many graduates find themselves in once they’ve left the security and serenity of student life. And it’s one that is best avoided by going the extra mile and getting the experience you need during University. Take a look at our own resources to see what's on offer here at Leeds Beckett:

Where can I find out more about joining a student society or sports team?

How do I go about gaining skills and experience?

But don't just take our word for it - here's what the Milkround careers website has to say:

Here are five easy and fun ways to bolster your employability whilst studying.

1. Clean up your/create new Social Media accounts

Ok so the chances are that you’ve had a Facebook account for some years (unless you’ve been living under a rock, that is). The problem is, your social media accounts are a representation of you online. Any future employers will not be impressed when they access photos of that night in the Student Union when you and your friends discovered that glitter, neon paints, and tutus make a great ensemble. Thankfully, Facebook and other social media platforms do have the function of making your profiles private, and we recommend that you use this function at the very least. To go the extra mile however, why not create a new set of professional social media accounts alongside your personal ones. Employers worldwide are realising the potential that Social Media brings to business, and demonstrating your social media skills through professional Facebook accounts, Twitter and LinkedIn pages will stand you in good stead.

2. Blog

University is the perfect breeding ground for students to develop coherent arguments about anything and everything. Why not write these arguments down? Being able to demonstrate balanced arguments in regular posts is a sure win for employers. There are very few students who have the commitment to create an original blog with regular original entries.

You can write about whatever you want (although declaring your adoration for Justin Bieber and Beanie Babies is less appealing to employers than showing passion for something more academic and professional). And if you want to earn some extra brownie points, then why not pitch some of your ideas to Editors at companies, or maybe even the national newspapers. Who knows, you could even become a regular contributor.

3. Join a society/sports team

When you apply for a role, the employer needs to find out two things. The first is whether your skills match the job on offer, but often more importantly, they also need to establish whether you as a person will effectively slot into the position with existing employees. Joining a society gives you the opportunity to demonstrate passion, initiative, teamwork, and people skills, to name a few. All these are skills that employers will find enticing. Not to mention you’ll also make friends and have a ton of fun. If there isn’t a society for you, then why not create one yourself? (Your Student Union will be able to allocate a budget to help you out).

4. Stop Motion Video

Employers view hundreds and sometimes thousands of CVs when they advertise graduate positions. Making a creative stop motion video like this is a really eye catching way of setting yourself apart from the rest. It really shows initiative and your creativity to the employer. Even if you have no video editing experience, you can soon get to grips with making a simple but effective stop motion. All it takes is a bit of patience and commitment. You’ll be amazed by the results, and more importantly so will the employers.

5. Volunteer

You may have noticed an emerging theme here. It’s all about showing initiative and passion and if there’s one sure fire way to showcase these attributes, it’s volunteering. If there’s a cause you’re passionate about, then there’s almost certainly going to be a voluntary opportunity for you. If you’re fresh out of ideas or are not passionate about a particular cause, then head down to your University careers department. They will have a list of local companies that are offering internships where you can develop your talents for countless professions.

If for any reason your University careers centre doesn’t have a list of internships, then searching online is your best bet. Milkround and the Graduate Talent Pool are good places to start.

This post is by Luke Harper, a Digital Marketing Executive at WhatUni in the United Kingdom.

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  • Annual Careers Fair

    Published 21 October 2016 @ 03:58 PM, by Harriet Timmis

    Our fair is open to all students and graduates and our exhibitors will be keen to talk to you no matter what year of study you are in or what degree discipline you are studying. This is our biggest event of the year with three rooms of exhibitors, each with a different theme.

    Be Employable

    Visit the Great Hall and meet national and global employers such as M&S, IBM, PWC and Teach First including a range of small and medium sized organisations, all offering graduate schemes, placement opportunities and work experience.

    Be Inspired

    Drop by the Jubilee Room if you are looking for something a bit different, have passion for social enterprise and want a career with the chance to make a real difference to the lives of others. Meet with a diverse mix of charities and not-for-profit organisations to find out about paid and voluntary work in community development or the third sector and get advice for building a career with a conscience, including global opportunities. From teaching English in Japan to volunteer sports coaching in South Africa and health and social work in Nepal, we can advise you how to search for reputable organisations abroad or in the UK with an international aspect and how to access 12 week fully funded government volunteer programmes abroad.

    Be Your Own Boss

    Come to the Acre Room if you are considering starting a business or becoming self-employed or freelance after graduation and speak to the Enterprise Academy to find out how we can help you explore and develop your business ideas. We have supported over 200 student businesses, awarded over £170,000 worth of grants and provided endless amounts of free mentoring and advice to current students and graduates for up to five years after graduation.

    When: 11:00-15:00, 26 October 2016

    Where: James Graham Building, Headingley Campus

    For further information and to see which employers are attending, see our website.

    Meet Your CIOs (Careers Information Officers)

    Published 4 October 2016 @ 04:36 PM, by Noushin Aslam

    For those of you who are still not familiar with your Careers Information Officers please do come and see us for a quick chat about careers and jobs in our new colourful and interactive Gateway!

    Meet your Careers Information Officers at

    Gateway City Campus

    Noushin Aslam - Monday, Tuesday and Friday

    Timmis Harriet- Wednesday and Thursday

    Headingly Student Hub

    Rachael Bywater – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

    Timmis Harriet – Friday

    In exception to the annual leave and staff training!

    Email us at

    Or call on 0113 812 5995/ 0113 812 73355

    NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme

    Published 2 September 2016 @ 01:27 PM, by Noushin Aslam

    For those of you who want to start your career in NHS and explore different avenues within the field then NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme might be idea for you! The scheme offer comprehensive support, mentoring and training for graduates.

    The applications will be opening at the beginning of October & close early December - exact dates are yet to be confirmed – for people to start the Scheme on 1st September 2017.
    Candidates can register for the scheme now at the link below
    You should follow the Facebook and twitter @NHSGradScheme for useful information about the Scheme/NHS and for updates on the application process.
    There is more information available about the Scheme on the YouTube channel and broadcast on Snapchat (nhsgradscheme) between September and November.
    Candidates are recommended to research trainee blogs as this will provide an invaluable insight into life on the Scheme plus help you decide which stream is the best fit for you.
    Candidates can also find out more about Scheme by talking to the current trainees & alumni using our Facebook App…/land:4@OKucY