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ResearchPlacement students | Employer engagement | Contractual work | Sponsorships


Research is what drives developments in our specialist fields - whilst industrial research and development accounts for a significant portion of progress, academic research also fills a unique role.

If you would like to find out more about the research our department is currently involved, please visit our reseach pages and facilities pages. If you have a specific research proposal in mind or would like to discuss the possibilities of funding research further please contact Dr Amanda MacKenzie -

Taking on placement students

The University and our Department has a long history of placing students on 12 month professional placements with a wide range of companies in various role.

Our exceptional students, as well as gaining invaluable experience for themselves, can quickly become a member of your team – taking on the role and responsibilities of any normal junior employee.

Often, the knowledge and experience gained on a professional placement isn’t lost after the 12 month period. It’s not uncommon for professional placement students to maintain ties with their placement company – being employed as a full graduate after they have completed their degree with, of course, the ideal skills and familiarity to re-join your company with the minimum of training.

If you are interested in taking on placement students or finding out more information, please contact our professional placements officer, Kath Hood -  or visit our Industrial Placements page.

Employer engagement

To complement our professional placements programme and improve the employability of our students, we are interested in involving employers throughout a student's degree. This may range from a one-off hour long lecture to a regular programme of workshops to equip our students with the skills they need for professional life.

This, of course, is of great value to both the students and employers - giving you the opportunity to highlight your specific field to prospective future employees and provide to them the skills to excel should they join you.

If you would like to discuss these ideas further please contact our professional placements officer, Kath Hood -

Contractual work

It is often the case that companies may require specialist analysis or expertise not available within their facilities or staff. It may be possible that we can provide assistance in this area - utilising our sophisticated laboratories and equipment, highly trained research staff and renowned academics.

Please visit our facilities page for a list of some of our equipment, if you have specific requirements. If you are unsure or don't see what you need, please contact Professor Rob Price - to discuss your project and how we may be able to help.


There are many extremely talented undergraduate and postgraduate students who have every desire to study but are limited by a lack of funding for their fees and living expenses.

If you are able to assist these students please contact the Graduate School ( for postgraduate sponsorship and Philip Rogers - - for undergraduate sponsorship.