Access to our students

One of our greatest resources is our students. With a total student population of 20,000 undergraduates and over 5,500 postgraduates, we play an important part in training tomorrow's workforce.

Graduate recruitment

We think there are a number of good reasons for targeting our students and graduates. Some of these relate to our reputation as an institution – we are proud of our global standing, our excellence in both teaching and research, and our links with business and industry. Others relate to the quality of our students and graduates, not just in terms of academic excellence but also because of the skills and qualities they can offer employers.

The Careers Service is keen to develop links with employers interested in recruiting our students. They offer a number of services to employers, from advertising vacancies through to providing information and advice to organisations wishing to establish or strengthen their profile amongst our students. Further details can be found on their website.

Funding a PhD project

Many organisations choose to sponsor a top quality PhD student to work full-time on a 3-year programme of research that is specifically relevant to their business. In return for effectively covering the cost of the student's fees, consumables, support costs, and an appropriate stipend, you take the lead in defining the scope of the research project to ensure it is relevant to your priorities. You may also be able to retain the intellectual property generated from the project and exploit this to your benefit.

If you are interested in funding a PhD student, then staff in our gateways will be very happy to discuss your needs and to put you in contact with a relevant academic.