Our alumni not only keep us fresh and engaged with current industrial practices and skills requirements, they also support and enhance our teaching programmes and career development activities.
Mike is currently a Global Business Development Manager with Procter and Gamble (P&G). He has been interviewing and recruiting Edinburgh undergraduate students for industrial placement with P&G for many many years. Mike finds that the exceptional quality of the students from the School of Chemistry keeps P&G coming back year on year.
As an employer, Mike is looking for students with a combination of outstanding academic skills and breadth of transferable skills. "Invariably we might find more students with those skills in Edinburgh than we can employ".
Mike's relationship with Chemistry at Edinburgh is not just as an industrial placement recruiter, he graduated from Edinburgh with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry in 1977 and with a PhD in Physical Chemistry in 1980 and has fond memories of his time here.
The industrial placement programme is an increasingly attractive option to undergraduate students keen to gain some practical experience of working in industry and conscious of the need to differentiate themselves in the job market. It is available to all MChem students during the penultimate year of their degree programme and students are placed with a very wide variety of hosts including multinational pharmaceutical, agrochemicals and consumer products companies and government research institutes all over the world.
As a School, we really value the relationship we have with Mike and our other industrial placement hosts. Many of our more long-standing placements have, over the years, developed into strong partnerships of sharing knowledge and expertise which have had mutual benefit.
If you would like to support the work of the School in this way and offer a placement opportunity in your company then please contact us, we would be delighted to hear from you.
We are keen to provide a broad spectrum of careers advice and support to both students and early career researchers. This takes the form of careers events or one-to-one personal development reviews.
If you feel you could support the work of the School in this way, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us.
David Vass attended Edinburgh University from 1955-62, and was awarded BSc Honours in Chemistry and a PhD in Organic Chemistry. Following a long and varied career in academia and industry, he reignited his relationship with the School of Chemistry when working for ICI in their Grangemouth works in the 1980's.
He has been involved inter alia in teaching, lecturing and safety within the School, where he was instrumental in bringing the safety standards of the School up to those of industry. (Some of you will remember the days when the corridors were used for general storage!) Recently he has supported the School by helping final year undergraduates compete for the prestigious Salters' Graduate Prize.
The Salters' Institute awards these prizes on an annual basis to first class individuals who they feel will contribute substantially to the chemical or related industries in the UK in their future careers. Verbalising these intellectual and personal qualities can be challenging for young undergraduates. Therefore David's patient and attentive mentoring and coaching has been key in helping these students accurately reflect on their capabilities and ambitions. David has been so successful in supporting these students that at the point of writing, an Edinburgh student has won one of these awards every year for the past seventeen years!