We are pleased to announce that, following the success of its launch this year, the Postgraduate Advantage Scheme (PSS) will run again in 2015/2016. The scheme provides students with a financial bursary to undertake an internship which is flexible around their studies.
This exciting scheme is designed to provide valuable opportunities for students to work in organisations such as charities and public services, allowing them to put theoretical knowledge in to practice. We think that being able to learn directly from industry professionals is the perfect way to achieve this. We are also passionate that the internships through this scheme are of a high standard and suitable for postgraduate students.
The scheme is exclusive to Postgraduate Taught Students in the Social Sciences Faculty and it’s a prime example of how The University of Sheffield is committed to developing the employability of our students.
In the School of Architecture the scheme has been a great success with a number of postgraduate students securing valuable placements. Here our students and employers share their experiences.
Mark Parsons, Studio Polpo
“The three students worked with us primarily in assisting two local organisations to explore feasibility options on ongoing projects. Working together as a small team they were able to quickly research, explore and visualise ideas and develop these in dialogue with the clients. Portland Works, one of the organisations the students worked with, has been able to move forward with fundraising for new works as a result of this. The work with the other organisation, Gripple, has led to interesting prototypes that will allow us to work with the company and students from both Sheffield and Hallam Universities in the next academic year.”
Nick Bax, Creative Director, Human
“Our student intern became fully integrated into the team and was able to contribute to a major project within the studio, creating 3D modelling on a live brief. The length of the internship meant that she was able to gain a real sense of our working practice and how projects take shape over a few weeks. She also joined us for social outings and celebrations and really enjoyed her time with Human!”
Azra Drishti, MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies
“I was an intern at Integreat Plus. I was mainly involved in mapping studies, and an allotment project which I designed myself. Despite the fact that the placement was not directly related to what I am studying, the experience and the environment were absolutely great. I practiced even further my software skills in Revit. I would recommend the scheme to other students as, apart from making new connections and learning new skills, you get do to something else apart from your studies.”
Wenjie Zhong, MA in Architectural Design
“I secured an internship at the Acoustic Studio in the University of Sheffield. Throughout the three months` work in the studio I learned a lot and really appreciate the kindness of the colleagues.
I participated in a project which is about measuring sound levels in London and using the data to analyse the acoustic impact of a shop’s delivery. It was a valuable experience for me. I learned how to run a project in an unfamiliar place under the permission of local government. I also learned how to operate the sound-collecting device and use the data-analysis software. And obviously, acoustic effect is an important aspect of architecture and it helped me understand the subject better.
I strongly recommend the scheme to students, because what you learn in the project will be beneficial for your studies, and you will understand its significance months or years after you finish the programme.”
Further information about the scheme.