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New placement programme launched for EPSRC funded PGR students

11 February 2020

Unique opportunity for PGR students to work with local high-tech start-up company and award winning arts organisation.

The Bristol Doctoral College is delighted to announce the launch of an exciting new placement programme for EPSRC-funded postgraduate research students with two locally based companies: Spin Up Science and award-winning theatre company Kilter.

Approximately 60 research students will be able to benefit from the three-month placements with Spin Up Science, and another 10 will be given the opportunity to work with Kilter.

Spin Up Science was founded in 2018 to support the development of scientists and engineers into future leaders and innovators, to strengthen the pipeline of technical expertise emerging from universities, and to increase research commercialisation activity. Founded four years ago by a University of Bristol PhD graduate, Dr Ben Miles, their initiatives are designed to engage early career researchers with the local high-tech start-up community and to help enable graduates to pursue entrepreneurship as a career pathway following completion of their PhD.

Since 2006, Kilter has forged a reputation for producing a unique and pioneering brand of theatre and associated arts. At the heart of their work is collaboration, working with a wide range of organisations and communities to create bespoke theatre events in unusual locations.

As part of the partnership with Kilter, up to 30 PGR students will take part in a training day, guided by Olly Langdon  and Caroline Garland, providing an opportunity for participants to see what might be involved if they are successful in their application. 

In total, 90 students will benefit from the various opportunities on offer as part of this partnership venture.

Paul Spencer, the Environment Development Manager in the Bristol Doctoral College, underlines the significance of this opportunity: “The statistics don’t lie: the majority of science and engineering PhD graduates won’t follow a typical University-based research career. A placement opportunity during your PhD can really help develop the skills and connections that will fast-track a successful career outside of academia. This is a fantastic opportunity for EPSRC-funded students to gain experience in innovative local companies.”

Further information and how to apply

All EPSRC-funded PGRs are invited to apply to take part in either or both of these opportunities.

To apply for the Kilter programme:

  • Read the Kilter Theatre Training and Placements - information sheet (PDF, 188kB)
  • Sign up to attend the Training Taster Day with Kilter Theatre on Wednesday 4th March 10.00-14.00 
  • The deadline to sign up to the Training Taster Day is 11:59pm Monday 2nd March. 
  • Please note: only those PGRs who attend the Training Taster Day will be eligible to apply for a placement with Kilter. Applications for the placement will open on the 5th March with a deadline of 16th March. All PGRs who attend the Training Taster Day will be given application information following the training day. 

To apply for the Spin Up Science programme:

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