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WRIPA Article in the AGCAS Phoenix Journal

Read WRIPA Director Andrew Hirst’s article entitled ‘Supporting the place-based Graduate Employment Agenda’ which features in the latest edition of the Phoenix journal produced by AGCAS.

The article outlines how the WRIPA project responded to employer engagement following the pandemic and how this has changed things for the better.


9th Annual Physics Industry Recruitment and Placement Fair

The 9th Annual Physics Industry Recruitment and Placement Fair was held in the Exhibition Centre at the School of Physics, Engineering and Technology at the University of York on Wednesday 19th October. It was a fantastic day and we were so pleased to welcome nearly 1000 physics students and over 40 employers to the event. Great to see industry back on the curriculum!

Wonkhe Blog Post

Check out WRIPA’s Andrew Hirst in the latest Wonkhe blog as he and Laura Dorian from Durham University and Paul Gratrick from the University of Liverpool outline how a collaborative approach can improve graduate employment and support local enterprise.

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.

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.

WRIPA has put on trips, talks, fairs and many other events that have helped massively into me now being on the NHS STP for medical physics. I came to university not knowing what I wanted to do with my physics degree and now with the help of WRIPA I'm leaving university with my dream job.

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Student Advisors

If you are looking for tailored support, our team of Student Advisors will help you with any career related questions. Please contact the relevant advisor for your university.

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