GRADnet Employer Engagement Programme for postgraduate researchers


The Graduate Network, run by the South-East Physics Network, delivers professional development for postgraduate researchers and early-career researchers. While its primary focus is on training aimed at Physics researchers, certain aspects of the scheme are open to any postgraduate researcher at Royal Holloway whose research sits within any of the STEM subjects.  


GRADnet placement scheme

Among the development opportunities provided is a placement scheme, which aims to give students an opportunity to gain insights and experiences of careers beyond academia - and to understand how your research might fit into an industry environment. 

This scheme is open to any current Royal Holloway postgraduate researcher in the Department of Physics

Highlights of the scheme:

  • Provides placement opportunities lasting between one week and three months.
  • Offers both unpaid and paid placements.  Placements of more than one month are likely to be paid.
  • May interrupt your studies, depending on your Research Council guidelines, whether the payment is paid, and whether it is integral to your research. 


GRADnet training

This is open to any current Royal Holloway postgraduate researcher whose research sits within one of the STEM subjects.

GRADnet training covers a wide range of advanced physics as well as professional skills training, relevant to STEM students. Many of the training activities are offered as in-person workshops at locations in the south east, thus, enhancing networking and collaboration opportunities. Examples of core training events include: residential courses (e.g. a summer and a winter school) for PGR students and postdocs to develop their professional and technical skills, student-led conferences as well as a range of discipline-focused events. 

Find out about GRADnet training events 2023/24

View the latest correspondance from GRADnet/SEPnet here

SEPnet Placement Brochure 2024

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