Sandwich Student at Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Chilton East Midlands
Review Date
Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Engineering Science/Research

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6.9/10

The Role
7.8
Organisation
6.4

Socialising

6.2

The Role

Role Description

Target area operations in Astra-Gemini laser. Working with very good scientists and assisting them with conducting laser-plasma experiments. Developing laser diagnostics and testing them.

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

A very enjoyable experience. Learned a lot about Physics and gained 14 months of experience working in a very good laboratory.

9/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

Was treated with extreme respect, also awarded the CLF Individual Excellence Award.

10/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

Was provided with an excellent library and lots of help with understanding the underlying Physics.

8/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Was very busy at times and put in quite a few hours of overtime.

2/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

Although not given full access, was still leading quite a few projects involving complicated diagnostics development.

8/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

Meeting future supervisors and gaining lab experience will almost certainly grant me a position in a PhD.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Rather laid back but yet efficient.

7/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

Good, the personal development was set up to train me in just right pace.

5/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

General level of H&S training.

4/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
8/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

A very evolving and high level laboratory with a very appealing job in the science world.

8/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Many placement student nights out and lunch breaks.

8/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

The rent was quite high, however, going out wasn't much more expensive than elsewhere in the UK.

4/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Centre of Oxford is very lively and fun during term time.

8/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

Quite a few, not many provided by the company though.

5/10

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