Placements

Placement Title Company Business Location
Valorisation of grape marc from wine production: An options appraisal. We are one of the UKs leading producers of British wine and provide a range of quality wines, tours, events and research and development.

Currently the grape marc is a waste stream that is not being utilised, Grape Marc or pomace is the solid remains after the wine has been produced i.e. skins, pulp, stems, seeds etc. We would like to investigate in conjunction with the University of Nottingham the opportunities for product and energy recovery. This is expected to lead to a reduction in CO2 produced and support the environmental stainability of the company.

How this will be achieved

A comprehensive audit focussing on waste and energy

A Literature review of wine marc

Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:
  • Laboratory analysis
  • Desk space literature review
  • Identification of scenarios for technology assessment
  • Economic assessment

Outcomes:
  • Technical report
  • Potential journal paper

Compositional analysis

Options appraisal
  • Food sources (Animals or ingredients for human consumption)
  • Composting (Soil improver)
  • Vermiculture (wormery)
  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Thermal conversation

Economic assessment
  • Cost/benefit analysis

Skills required:
  • Experience of laboratory analysis including Health and Safety adherence
  • Experience of compiling a literature review
  • High standard of written English
  • Good awareness of statistical methodology
  • Good awareness of process engineering technologies
  • Competent IT skills
  • Can work independently
  • Knowledge of sustainability metrics

*Hourly rate is 9.19 pounds plus 1.11 pounds holiday pay
Bakewell
Technology Funding Assistant Your role will be to support the managing director to assist businesses and researchers to access the grant funding they need to take cutting-edge concepts closer to market. You will be part of one of the most successful grant funding teams in Europe, working with at least 3 different busineses to secure grants of up to 2 million (GBP).

The key project outcomes are:

  • Contributing to the development of at least 3 high-quality funding bids for cutting edge new technologies with support from the managing director.
  • Over the course of working on 3 projects it would be expected to help source 1.5million (GBP) funding from a wide range of sources.
  • Gain an appreciation of the funding / project cycle and be able to replicate this learning for future projects (while on placement and to develop your own career).
  • The client is looking for enthusiastic, articulate and capable individuals with strong skills in at least two of the three following areas:

    1) A passion for innovation. You should be able to quickly understand different technology areas - the current portfolio covers topics as diverse as advanced braking technology, materials recycling, range extenders for electric vehicles, civil security technology, medical implants and renewable transport fuels, to mention just a few. Experience of different technologies and market sectors would be a distinct advantage.

    2) An understanding of business and industry. As well as a strong technology focus, it is important to also understand, analyse and communicate the client's business model. Aspects of business such as supply chains, market analysis, business plans, IP management and competitor analysis may also be included.

    3) Excellent communication and writing skills. Your main role will be to assist with the authoring of high quality grant funding bids that will be entering highly competitive funding calls. You will need to be articulate, concise and compelling; creating content that can hook a reader from the first page to the last. You should also have excellent Microsoft Word and Excel skills in order to present the information in a clear and professional manner. Some communication with clients may be required, along with understanding their needs and ensuring they receive an excellent customer experience.

    This exciting placement offers the opportunity to gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:

  • Innovation and grant bid writing
  • Technology assessment techniques
  • The creation of compelling bids
  • Desktop research for markets and technology assessment
  • Project management strategies for research and development projects
  • Engaging with senior level managers in industry
  • In addition the successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop skills in the following areas:
    Report formatting
    Technical writing
    Understanding the relationship between research and economic/social/environmental impact
    How to develop a techno-economic assessment case and impact plan
    Technology innovation assessment skills
    Patent searching


    *Hourly rate is 9.19 pounds plus 1.11 pounds holiday pay
    Nottingham
    Systematic Reviewer Project We are distinctive as a quality provider of training and consultancy in conducting systematic reviews of healthcare interventions. Our Mission is to advance, promote and share knowledge of health through excellence in teaching and research into the prevention and treatment of illness.

    We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced systematic reviewer to join our team to complete systematic reviews of healthcare interventions. We anticipate that the successful applicant to be able to independently complete all stages of a systematic review.

    Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:

    The project is to complete systematic reviews of healthcare interventions. Several reports or publications may be produced.

    Skills required:
    • Formulate structured clinical questions
    • Liaise with clients and Information Specialist to develop search strategies and retrieve literature identified by search medical databases
    • Undertake systematic reviews and synthesis of clinical research evidence, including meta-analysis and statistical analysis where appropriate
    • Assessment of studies for inclusion in reviews including critical appraisal, data extraction, correspondence with authors
    • Entering data in systematic review writing software (Review Manager)
    • Writing up of the findings of the reviews. This will be done working under the supervision of the line manager
    • Undertake other duties compatible with employment
    *Hourly rate is 9.19 pounds plus 1.11 pounds holiday pay
    Nottingham
    Software Development Project Our digital solutions empower Higher Education Institutions to improve international student recruitment and enhance their international marketing strategies to reduce costs. We do this as a direct recruitment solution in conjunction with agents and advisors. We help Higher Education (HE) institutions in a whole new way to identify and manage the intention and application of international prospects with help of a personalised mobile platform.

    We are looking for a creative designer who is willing to work closely with product manager and report directly to the company director.

    Job duties include:
    • Designing comps., storyboards, graphic concepts, and final deliverables
    • Website design
    • Work closely with developers to ensure there is a consistent and appropriate approach to the apps UI and design improvements that could be made to our existing design.
    • Collaborating with the development team in building and designing interactive application manager and database architecture
    • Proactively suggest and help the development team in front end user interface creation
    Ideal candidate requirements:
    • Ability to articulate and present creative ideas and concepts
    • Use design and development skills to provide a user-centric design
    • Ensure websites are built to support multiple browsers and mobile devices
    • Passion, positive attitude and eagerness to learn
    • Self-direction, attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple tasks
    • Team player who can work with aggressive deadlines
    • Proficient with industry standard design software (Sketch, Adobe CC, Prototyping platforms)
    • WordPress design and development
    • Passion for collaborating with clients and team member
    • Bachelors degree in graphic design, digital design, visual communications or related field is a plus
    Key Areas of Work:
    • Reconstructing the current version of the website, turning it into an interactive platform that is well presented in the market
    • Work closely with our product development manager to devise on the design of the products features
    • Participating in a team environment to create marketing campaigns and advertisements
    Outcomes of Placement:
    • Gain skills and knowledge specific to their domain allowing them to work in a fast-paced environment and make better-informed decisions about real-life work
    • Explore practical and demonstrable awareness of world of work, accelerated personal maturity, self-awareness and ability to articulate leadership skills and achievements
    • Opportunity to work closely with the management team in launching product, a clear beneficial output to effectively evidence their experiences on their CV, documented contextual proof for their skills and abilities, coupled with a reference for enhanced employment prospects.
    *Hourly rate is 9.19 pounds plus 1.11 pounds holiday pay
    Nottingham
    E-Learning Designer and Developer If you only had 3 minutes to present a concept in an engaging way, how will you present it? This is a question you will be trying to find answers to every day in this position.
    You will be creating training videos which are simple, nice looking and engaging. You need to have a designers eye and have an interest and background in education. Skills in developing original graphics, animations, presentations and videos are essential but you may be using software which simplifies these processes.
    You will be working with senior staff to initially guide you through creating engaging e-learning material for training, but you will be expected to work independently afterwards. Candidates need to be flexible, self-motivated and keen to learn new skills in order to meet the constantly changing needs of the business.
    Key Areas of Work of Placement:
    • Team work and effecient communication
    • Design of 2D assets, graphics and animation
    • Agile project management
    Outcomes:
    • Training videos and presentations
    Essential skills for this position:
    • Good skills in design of imagery, videos and design and production of engaging educational and training material
    • Good experience with 2D animations and video editing software
    • A modern style of design
    • Interest and ability to learn new skills fast
    • Ability to work as part of a team
    • Excellent time and record keeping
    Desirable:
    • Good portfolio of design work, ability to work with design software
    • Good voice to do the first iterations of the voice over
    Successful candidates will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:
    • Animation design and development
    • Video editing
    • User requirements specifications
    • Agile project management
    • Problem solving
    • Communications with clients
    • Knowledge of intellectual property
    • Ability to use specialised software for 2D animation and e-learning
    *Hourly rate is 9.19 pounds plus 1.11 pounds holiday pay
    Nottingham
    Python Developer This position will enable the successful candidates to work on and learn cutting edge AI algorithms used for processing large amounts of text and learn about distributed computing technologies used for analysing big data.
    We are looking for PhD and MSc students with interest in AI and data mining with good programming skills in python and other programming languages. You will be working with senior staff to initially help you in finding solutions and writing algorithms in python and other languages, but you will be expected to work independently afterwards. Candidates need to be flexible, self-motivated and keen to learn new skills in order to meet the constantly changing needs of the business.
    Skills Required:
    • Programming in python and/or other languages for:
      • Data processing
      • Data analytics
      • Visualisation
    • Use of AI techniques to analyse text and other types of data
    • Work with cloud platforms for parallel processing
    • meeting clients to identify their needs and liaising regularly with them
    • researching into current trends
    • drawing up detailed specifications and documentation
    • testing and delivery of the material in a professional form
    Key Areas of Work of Placement:
    • Team work and communications
    • Programming in Python and other languages
    • Research (and learning) in new techniques in AI for text mining
    • Agile project management
    Outcomes:
    • Algorithms
    • Analytics
    • Visualisations
    Successful candidates will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:
    • Programming in Python and other programming languages
    • Learning about advance AI techniques for text mining
    • User requirements specifications
    • Agile project management
    • Problem solving
    • Communications with clients
    • Knowledge of intellectual property
    • Working with programmers and designers and other parts of the business
    *Hourly rate is 9.19 pounds plus 1.11 pounds holiday pay
    Nottingham
    Podcast, Sales & Marketing Project for Training Company We are looking for a postgraduate to help with the marketing and sales of a Nottingham based training company. The company focuses on teaching large law and accounting firms about selling and business development. This includes helping clients to network and build high level relationships. Clients include large law and accounting firms, HSBC Bank, GE, British Chamber of Commerce and the Academy of Chief Executives.

    The owner of the company is the host of a business orientated podcast, which features guests from various companies. The successful candidate will aide in the producing of these podcasts, including the sourcing and organisation of guests and the editing of the final interviews.

    The companies also has to sell their training to these large law and accounting firms. That means marketing and selling to key decision makers. We heavily use Linkedin, email lists, website content, social media, phone calls and book send-outs to reach these people. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing and co-ordinating these activities.

    Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:
    • Targeting of key prospects in top 100 UK law and accounting firms
    • Management of database in our CRM system and intel gathering on each prospect
    • Generation of meetings and sales opportunities from our target list
    Skills Required:
    • Social media skills to use LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook top create book selling opportunities
    • Research skills to search for valuable background information on key prospects and companies so we can approach them in a personal way
    • Sales & marketing skills to manage a sales pipeline of prospects, targets and introducers on our CRM system and to generate interest, meetings and responses with targeted marketing campaigns
    • Writing & editing skills to create blogs, checklists and other lead magnets to attract and add value to our target prospects
    Successful Candidates will have the opportunity to develop the following skills:
    • Writing skills to craft marketing campaigns, proposals, offers and valuable content that will interest our sales targets (training will be given)
    • Technology skills to learn new apps, technologies and programs (training will be given)
    • Sales and marketing skills to learn different ways to sell using email, phone, social media and events (training will be given)
    • Self-management skills to develop productivity habits and discipline to keep track of all projects and campaigns (training will be given)
    • Phone skills to handle phone conversations to approach podcast guests, uncover sales and pitching opportunities (training will be given)

    *Hourly rate is 9.19 pounds plus 1.11 pounds holiday pay
    Nottingham
    Book Marketing & Writing Project for Bestselling Author We are seeking a postgraduate to aide in the marketing of two new books by a Nottingham based bestselling author.

    This project needs an articulate, social media and marketing savvy postgrad with good writing skills to help with promotion, creating complimentary materials, researching thought leaders and writing blogs. A marketing campaign will be needed that involves sourcing and approaching prospects and companies who would benefit.

    The candidate will gain experience in marketing for two different publishing companies, one a worldwide leader in business publishing and the second a smaller independent publishing company.

    The candidate will be working for a bestselling author and professional speaker based in Nottingham. The company help clients to network and build high level relationships. Clients include large law and accounting firms, HSBC Bank, GE, British Chamber of Commerce and the Academy of Chief Executives.

    Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:
    • Automated social media campaign
    • Outreach to 50 potential partners to generate 1000 book sales
    • Production of 26 bonuses and incentives to buy the book
    • A functioning web page to showcase the book and give extra resources to buyers
    Skills Required:
    • Social media skills to use LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook top create book selling opportunities
    • Research skills to find people and companies online for interviews and comments; to source guest blogging/podcast opportunities and media outlets to write guest articles
    • Marketing skills to approach event organisers and professional associations to generate speaking and promotion opportunities
    • Writing & editing skills to create blogs, checklists, extra resources and social media content to support the book
    Successful Candidates will have the opportunity to develop the following skills:
    • Writing skills to craft quotes, excerpts and social media updates with a business/commercial voice (training will be given)
    • Technology skills to learn new apps, technologies and programs (training will be given)
    • Online marketing skills to set up a website buying page, shopping cart and buying funnel to sell the book (training will be given)
    • Self-management skills to develop productivity habits and discipline to keep track of all projects and campaigns (training will be given)
    • Design skills to create appealing images and quotes to promote the book on social media channels (training will be given)
    • Phone skills to handle phone conversations to uncover sales and speaking opportunities, particularly with speaking agencies, universities, business schools and membership associations (training will be given)

    *Hourly rate is 9.19 pounds plus 1.11 pounds holiday pay
    Nottingham
    Low carbon /Eco homes Business Planning and Development Project We were founded on the principal of providing low-carbon building technology at a high standard of delivery. Our aim is to build relationships with like-minded people and to help them achieve their dream homes, save energy and money all the while. Through innovative partnerships and projects we are leading on low carbon building and eco homes.

    We are looking to proceed with the next stage of our development as soon as practicable.

    Starting with a focus on marketing, our current and future markets, current market position, our service and product offering and how this can be tightened up, enhanced along with current operations.

    The focus of the 200 hours placement is about finding a new viable business model to deliver on growth, profitability and future succession of the business. The plan will identifying and establish key success factors set against a 0-5-10 year delivery plan.

    Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:

    At the end of the project we hope to have achieved the following objectives
    • Fully validate a new viable business model for the next 5 and 10 years
    • Produce short, medium and long term cash projections
    • Create comprehensive 0-5-10 year Funding plan
    • Identifying best exit strategy options and stages
    • Formulate a 10 year wealth projection and business succession plan
    • Fully document 0-5 and 5-10 year strategic business and organisational development plan
    • Publish a Financial prospectus to attract institutional and none institutional business investors
    • Identify key success factors and critical KPIs to help measure performance and delivery of the business plan

    Successful candidates will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:
    • Research
    • Horizon Scanning
    • Enterprise Development
    • Business planning
    • Exposure to all levels and departments of business

    The plan will identify relevant and unique KPIs against which performance can be measured and managed easily. The model will identify the key step changes the organisation and business needs to make to assure delivery of the plan. The plan is to be designed around achieving maximum business leverage at the lowest of transaction cost, maximising the value and return on investment from delivering value added services, products and emerging technologies.

    *Hourly rate is 9.19 pounds plus 1.11 pounds holiday pay
    Arnold
    Marketing and Market Development Project We were founded on the principal of providing low-carbon building technology at a high standard of delivery. Through innovative partnerships and projects we are leading on low carbon building and eco homes.

    We are looking to proceed with the next stage of our development as soon as practicable and are looking to work with a forward thinking postgraduate with expertise in marketing, market research, branding and social media to support this development.

    Starting with a focus on marketing, our current and future markets, current market position, our service and product offering and how this can be tightened up, enhanced along with current operations.

    Informing future direction and culminating a in a fully costed and documented prospectus to attract future funding and investment. The project will embody and help us direct iterative changes and enhancements to our current online and social media presence to help stimulate increased awareness and encourage additional sales in the process.

    Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:

    At the end of the project we hope to have achieved the following objectives
    • Re focused the business into a viable market and market segment
    • Create a prospectus to attract future funding and investment
    • A focused marketing and campaigns calendar
    • Integrated work into the business planning activities (separate project)
    • Website development and integration
    • Social media review and report with recommendations and implementation

    Skills required:
    • Research and analytical skills
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills
    • Knowledge of the construction, building or energy sectors would be ideal
    • Methodical and task orientated
    • Proactive and willing to challenge the status quo

    *Hourly rate is 9.19 pounds plus 1.11 pounds holiday pay
    Arnold