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White Rose Industrial Physics Academy

We organise collaborations between companies and physics students

Many highly qualified physics graduates turn away from a career in a technical industry because they don’t know what it has to offer. At the White Rose Industrial Physics Academy, our mission is to bring students and businesses together to foster innovation and retain talent within Yorkshire, Humberside and the East Midlands. We organise physics work experience, workshops and conferences throughout the year. So whether you’re a physics fresher or CEO of a FTSE 100 company, see what we can do for you today!

Many highly qualified physics graduates turn away from a career in a technical industry because they don’t know what it has to offer. At the White Rose Industrial Physics Academy, our mission is to bring students and businesses together to foster innovation and retain talent within Yorkshire, Humberside and the East Midlands. We organise physics work experience, workshops and conferences throughout the year. So whether you’re a physics fresher or CEO of a FTSE 100 company, see what we can do for you today!

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Latest News & Events

The Future of Physics Teaching Event

We’re looking forward for ‘The Future of Physics Teaching – New ways of teaching, assessing and embedding employability and equality’ event which is taking place on the 30th June at the Institute of Physics headquarters in London. The workshop is organised by SEPnet and WRIPA and is supported by the Institute of Physics.

The event will explore how physics teaching and assessment can change to equip all students with the skills for future labour markets.

9th Annual Physics Industry Recruitment and Placement Fair

CHANGE OF LOCATION. We’re pleased to announce that the Annual Physics Industry Recruitment and Placement Fair is back for it’s ninth year and is taking place in person for 2022 at the University of York! Mark your diary and save the date for Wednesday 19th October, 11am – 4pm. If you are an employer looking to meet with the brightest physics talent in the North? Then go to the WRIPA fair page to register and secure your spot.

New Company Case Studies

Could your business benefit from the skills of talented physics students?

We’ve recently added some great new case studies to the website which outline how we’ve connected companies & students and the success of these partnerships.

Scientific Research Opportunities

Looking for a scientific research placement? We’ve developed a new page which lists the opportunities available at relevant public research organisations across the country and provides information about the types of roles and research you can get involved with.

New Year in Industry Case Study

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We’ve recently been adding new stories to the Physics Careers Case Studies tool. Hear from Sam Holt about his Year in Industry at Rolls-Royce, learn about the application process involved, his role within the company and where he is now.

Resilience and Wellbeing Guide

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The Institute of Physics (IOP) and WRIPA have collaborated to produce this Introductory guide to resilience and wellbeing for undergraduate physics students. This short guide contains information to help students develop and maintain their resilience and wellbeing. It will support them to deal with setbacks, embrace change and make the most of their time at university.

WRIPA Article in the Phoenix Journal

Read WRIPA Director Andrew Hirst’s article titled ‘Digital Careers Planning for Physicists’ which features in the latest edition of the Phoenix journal produced by AGCAS.

The article outlines WRIPA’s digital approach to improving the employability outcomes of physics graduates.

Opportunities in the Space Sector

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Looking for a graduate role? Explore the wealth of global job opportunities available in the space sector via Space Individuals check out the current vacancies here;

Living Autism Workshops

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Thank you to Living Autism who we’ve worked with over the past month to run employability workshops for physics students from the University of York. The sessions were hosted by Manar Matusiak, MD at Living Autism and Dr Jonathan Vincent, from York St John University. The workshops helped students to identify and match their strengths to the expectations of employers.

Blog post from Olga Fernholz

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Check out this blog from WRIPA’s Olga Fernholz at the University of Nottingham where she discusses the aims of the WRIPA project and the interventions involved.

For Students

Discover how regional companies can help you grow

Yorkshire, Humberside and the East Midlands boast hundreds of firms looking for smart, technologically savvy scientists like you. They value your problem-solving skills, your deep knowledge of maths and physics, and your computing and coding ability.

Working with these companies will give you unrivalled experience of using your hard-won knowledge to tackle important real-world problems. Let our team advise you on where to start. Take your first step on this journey of opportunity today.

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For Companies

Find out what physics students can bring to your business

Our physics students excel in numerical science subjects and have a natural aptitude for problem-solving.

They study cutting-edge research in branches of science ranging from polymer physics and semiconductor nanotechnology to biophysics and medical imaging. They are expert coders, laboratory technicians and statistical analysts.

What does this mean for you? A serious boost to your research and development at a fraction of the usual cost. A rich resource you didn’t know you had.

With our support, over 250 students have found industrial placements, summer internships and commercially focused research projects with more than 30 companies since 2014.

Thanks to their experience, these students have gone on to start careers in sectors ranging from medical physics and nuclear energy to banking and data security. The businesses who helped develop their talent have recruited many of them as graduate employees. Let their stories inspire you to begin your own.

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Research and Conferences

Our physics students excel in numerical science subjects and have a natural aptitude for problem-solving. They study cutting-edge research in branches of science ranging from polymer physics and semiconductor nanotechnology to biophysics and medical imaging.

They are expert coders, laboratory technicians and statistical analysts. What does this mean for you? A serious boost to your research and development at a fraction of the usual cost. A rich resource you didn’t know you had.

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Find the right expert for your question

Our diverse mix of team members bring skills and knowledge from a broad range of backgrounds. Our business engagement officers use their commercial acumen to set up valuable collaborations across northern England.

Specialist advisors help our students to identify and successfully apply for opportunities, and our team of academics share insights across many scientific fields. Explore our team profiles to find the person you need to speak to.

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