What do we do?
in our physics students
We lead career-focussed programmes as part of our university courses and we are working to develop skills-based curricula.
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.
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 do we do it?
Yorkshire, Humberside and the East Midlands have three key strengths:
Physics-based enterprise directly generates around 10% of regional GVA (equivalent to £20bn in 2013) and indirectly contributes to another 15%.
The universities of Hull, Leeds, Nottingham, Sheffield and York are consistently ranked within the top 400 universities in the world for physics.
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:
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.
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.