Sheffield hosts UK's biggest physics careers fair

Students from over 20 different universities took part in the UK’s biggest physics careers fair, hosted by the University of Sheffield.

The fair, organised by the White Rose Industrial Physics Academy (WRIPA), aimed to establish collaborations between more than 45 employers and physics students from universities across the country.

It saw a series of Q&A panels, interviews and presentations, giving students the opportunity to gain an insight into graduate level positions, industry placements, internships and possible career pathways.

The 45 exhibitors at the event were from a diverse range of sectors, including teaching, medical, patent law, engineering, aerospace and more.

WRIPA is a collaboration between the universities of York, Sheffield, Hull, Nottingham and Leeds, aiming to facilitate collaboration between students and industry. The initiative was awarded £2 million in funding by the Higher Education Funding Council For England (HEFCE).

Dr Alastair Buckley, the WRIPA lead from the University of Sheffield, said: "This event really shows the benefits of universities working together to help our students. We wouldn't have been able to get so many great companies and fantastic students together if we were working on our own.

“Each year the event gets bigger and bigger. There is a real demand for physics students by a whole range of different organisations and it's our job to help our students find these opportunities.”

He added: "WRIPA is all about getting physics graduates into the heart of UK industry- right where they are needed. Part of the problem is that our students don't really know where to start looking and they've no idea how valuable they are. The other issues is that many organisations don't really know what physics students can do.

“WRIPA helps organisations and students find out about each other - through industrial projects, during the careers fair, through placements and by making physics courses more outward facing."

Professor Thomas F Krauss from the University of York and Director of WRIPA said: “WRIPA is now in its 4th year and we are already seeing significant increases in employability statistics for our students, showing that our activities are effective and really deliver value to employers and students alike”

Additional Information

White Rose Industrial Physics Academy (WRIPA)

WRIPA is a collaboration between the universities of York, Sheffield, Hull, Nottingham and Leeds

The academy’s role is to facilitate collaboration between students and industry. By giving students hands-on experience on research and development projects with industry, WRIPA aims to improve the quality of physics education and make students aware of career opportunities.

The University of Sheffield

With almost 27,000 of the brightest students from over 140 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities.

A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.

Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students at the university are committed to finding new ways to transform the world we live in.

Sheffield is the only university to feature in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2017 and was voted number one university in the UK for Student Satisfaction by Times Higher Education in 2014. In the last decade it has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life.

Sheffield has six Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.

Global research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Glaxo SmithKline, Siemens and Airbus, as well as many UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.


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Maddy Wainwright
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University of Sheffield
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