At UCP we are incredibly proud of everything our students achieve throughout their studies.
As an institution we received five commendations during the last Institutional Review and have excellent links with local businesses for placements, paid internships and post-graduation employment (BGL/ Compare the Market, city schools, Larkfleet ,Enterprise Cars, Western Union, Cynergie and Peterborough Cathedral to name just a few).
We also have effective engagement with the third sector with five of our Criminology students engaging in initiatives for Crimestoppers, and others working through the Heritage Lottery Fund to promote heritage and its accessibility for young people. This also enables students to develop original research areas for their dissertations and develop the necessary skills to progress to masters study.
Our progression rates into employment or higher study are good with many students working in their chosen fields and developing their CV’s alongside their studies. Our Computing degree students have also had success in industry alongside their studies when they were offered a 12 week paid internship with national software company BGL Group who run the Compare The Market website
Some of these students are subsequently offered a full time job after graduation on the strength of their performance. We work closely with BGL who are continuing their recruitment by offering more Computing Degree students placements.
Other past internships have included work with the Leicester Tigers in strength and conditioning and Living Sport to coach in local schools. Students have also undertaken teaching placements in China and volunteer work with the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Their work is appearing in national titles such as Harpers. Companies are keen to work with us to develop graduate recruitment opportunities.
Choosing a career in teaching is a popular choice for many of our graduates either through employment at Peterborough Regional College or by undertaking further study on PGCE courses.
One successful scheme has been the Academic Mentor Scheme launched by Ormiston Bushfield Academy, where 12 of our students work as mentors and intervention workers.
This scheme and opportunities to run activities for the Children’s University has been truly beneficial for those wishing to pursue a teaching career.
As part of the STEM festival each year the university hosts a number of events including in 2014 the inaugural Peterborough Raspberry Pi Jam. The main STEM events include a series of guest lectures by leading authorities such as: David Heming, the Senior Coroner for Peterborough lecturing on Coroners, Evidence and Procedure at Inquests and Dr Stuart Hamilton, a Home Office Registered Forensic Pathologist and forensic pathology advisor for the series of popular BBC drama Silent Witness. In 2015 Nathan Winch, founder of Winchpharma, delivered a series of workshops on science and enterprise.
As part of Peterborough Cathedral’s planned celebrations for its 900 year anniversary in 2018, the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant for the “Peterborough 900: Letting it speak for itself” project. Over the duration of this project UCP students have been involved in a number of opportunities including: Management and Education Internships, an Arts and Photography competition, Cloister Archaeology, a Library project with an online catalogue, the creation and maintenance of a website and Media students have taken an active role in the creation of educational videos and films. An Accounting and Finance student was appointed as a project manager for 2014/15 gaining valuable insights and additions to their CV.