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Everything you need to know about work placements


There were helpful talks from representatives from the Shell STEP Programme (www.shellstep.org.uk), Naser Reza from Sun Chemicals Ltd (www..sunchemical.com) and a career consultant from the University's careers service at this event on the afternoon of 4 March. They covered how to find a placement and the value of them to both the student and the company. This was followed by a speed networking session which provided the opportunity to talk to students who had already been on work placements (over the summer or as a year out/in industry) to find out about their experiences and pick up some tips on how to find placements. Pizza paninis were enjoyed.


Trip to the Museum of Science & Industry & International Markets

There was a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry on the afternoon of Wednesday 10 December. This included a talk on the 'Manchester Mills' which involved watching as the machines made cotton, an exhibition of aeroplanes and a replica of the 'Baby' computer. For more information about what's on at the Museum check out www.msim.org.uk/whats-on Admission to the Museum is free and they are open on Saturdays and Sundays as well as weekdays. After spending the afternoon in the Museum we went to the International Markets for some festive shopping.

A Charity Bingo event was held on Wednesday 19 November in aid of the BBCs 'Children in Need'. There were lots of prizes to be won including jelly bean diaries, bright fluffy socks, hoodies and of course Pudsey Bear keyrings! Each game cost 50p and we placed 5 games. 'Over £100 was raised for Children in Need' which is fantastic!

Thanks to everyone who came along and made it such a great night.

Group of people playing Bingo.
Group of people playing Bingo.
Group of people playing Bingo.
Group of people playing Bingo.

A truly inspirational talk was given by Dr Noel Schultz, an electrical engineering professor from the University of Mississippi, USA, on Tuesday 28 October 2008.

Noel talked a group of students through her career, what decisions she had made throughout her life, both personal and professional, what advice she had for anyone who would like to be involved in the academic world and included lots of tips on how to juggle family life, child care and a dual career (her husband also being an engineer!) Everyone had lots of questions to ask her over tea and cakes and she answered them very openly. 

Noel is currently a visiting professor at the University of Cardiff.

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WiSET Welcome Event - 22 October 2008

The theme of the WiSET Welcome Event, from 5-7pm on Wednesday 28 October 2008, was 'Science, engineering and technology in Manchester'. After a short introduction about WiSET, our two main speakers took to the floor.

People in events hall
People sitting in events hall

Pauline Webb, from the Museum of Science and Industry, talked about the contribution that people in Manchester had made to the development of science, engineering and technology. She gave a brief history of some major figures and their contributions.


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Martin Stockley, the Managing Director of an Engineering Consultancy in Manchester (Martin Stockley Associates) gave a fascinating and very inspirational talk about his career, the philosophy of his company and some of the projects he has been involved with, for example Urban Splash, La Machine and renovating the oldest surviving warehouse in Manchester, Carver's Warehouse.


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Anyone who would like to borrow a copy of Martin's book 'The Reluctant Engineer' should contact the WiSET team at: wiset-eps@manchester.ac.uk.


As always everyone enjoyed the tea/coffee and cakes and there were free environmentally-friendly goody bags filled with stationary for everyone.

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