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Our Mission

Our mission is to develop highly skilled physics graduates from the universities of Hull, Leeds, Nottingham, Sheffield and York who will support the innovation and growth of technical industries.

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What We Do

We develop professional skills in our physics students

We lead career-focussed programmes as part of our university courses and we are working to develop skills-based curriculum.

We put students in touch with regional and national businesses

We set up industry-sponsored undergraduate research projects and help students apply for placements and graduate roles.

We help companies find the right talent for their problem

We engage with companies to help them carry out innovative research and development, recruit talented graduates, and raise their profile.

Why We Do It

Yorkshire, Humberside and the East Midlands have three key strengths;

Innovative Technical Industries

Physics-based enterprise directly generates around 10% of regional GVA (equivalent to £20bn in 2013) and indirectly contributes to another 15%.

World Leading Universities

The universities of Hull, Leeds, Nottingham, Sheffield and York are consistently ranked within the top 400 universities in the world for physics.

Talented Graduates Who Want to Stay

Across our five partner universities, three-quarters of respondents to student surveys want to find graduate-level work in the local area.

Despite these strengths, regional employers often struggle to find high-calibre graduates to support the innovation and growth of their businesses. There are two main causes;

Uninformed Graduates

When surveyed, over 80% of our students stated that they were unaware of graduate-level roles in their local region. More generally, physics students are unaware of the sectors in which they can use their degree, and fewer than a third of graduates find work in a physics-based industry.

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Unadvertised Opportunities

Within our region, up to 90% of highly skilled technical roles are provided by small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). These businesses often do not have the resources to develop graduate programmes and to make themselves known to highly skilled early-career scientists.