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Tenovus Cancer Care – Opportunities Event – Cardiff

Come along to this free event organised by Tenovus Cancer Care where you will be able to:-

  • Find out more about what its like working in the Third Sector
  • Get practical advice for your cv, presentation and interviewing skills
  • Speak to recruiting managers about current and future opportunities (and sign up on the day if you’d like to)
  • Find out more about Tenovus Cancer Care

Wednesday 5th April 9-12:30

You will need to get in touch to book a free place (02920 768799 / )



Posted on: 28th Mar 2017 - Part of: CV, General careers information, Graduate, Volunteering, Wales

Win the Green Challenge Postgraduate Scholarship 2017!

PP Green Challenge

Do you have an innovative business idea that could reduce carbon emissions? Then apply now to WIN A POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP* worth up to £20,000 in 2017.



Visit to find out more – but be quick, applications close on Monday 27th March 2017, 5pm.


You can download the Guidelines, FAQs and Application Form from here

For further details and to watch a video of last year’s winners, please visit: Postcode Earth Trust


Watch the VIDEO




* The competition is a unique funding opportunity offering students the chance to win a scholarship that will help to develop knowledge related to their idea (‘green-themed’ business concept) of up to £20,000 to cover their postgraduate degree tuition fees.

Posted on: 23rd Mar 2017 - Part of: Business, Charities, Competition, Environment, Funding, General careers information, Postgraduate, Science

OU STEM Internship Opportunities

Please note that these internships are open to students from all universities but wouldn’t it be great if they went to OU students!

Summer Internship: Iceberg detection with satellite data


Summer Internship: Characterisation of UVIS Spectrometer from in-flight data


Summer Internship: Characterisation of a novel CMOS TDI image sensor


Summer Internship: Visibility maps for remote sensing and surveying


Summer Internship: Using satellite data to track the disintegration of Antarctic peninsula glacier Larsen C

Posted on: 17th Mar 2017 - Part of: Careers, Internships, Research, Science

Cambridge Network Jobs Fair

If you are a job seeker looking for a new opportunity, make sure that you put this date in your diary! The Cambridge Network jobs fair will be held at the Hauser Forum, 3 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge CB3 0GT on Friday the 5th May 2017, from 12-4pm

Posted on: 17th Mar 2017 - Part of: Careers, Fairs and events, General careers information

Bedfordshire Schools Training Partnership

Train to be a teacher in local schools and receive a tax free bursary of up to £30,000! The Bedfordshire Schools Training Partnership is a successful and long established school based teacher training provider offering Secondary and Primary PGCE and School Direct Salaried and Tuition Fee courses across the local area. More than 99% of their trainees go on to be employed within their Partnership schools. You can find their website at

You will need: A degree, GCSE Grade C or above in English & Maths (& Science for Primary), excellent communication skills, to enjoy working with young people

You will receive: High quality school based training, salaried opportunities for suitably qualified and experienced candidates, a University validated PGCE qualification offered with all Tuition Fee courses and the opportunity to work towards a Masters award, excellent local employment opportunities

If you would like to find out more about the opportunities available you can attend the Information Evenings below:

Monday 20th March 2017, 7pm–9pm at St Thomas More Catholic Teaching School, Tyne Crescent, Bedford MK41 7UL

Tuesday 21st March 2017, 7pm-9pm at BEST House, Samuel Whitbread Academy Site, Shefford Road, Clifton, Beds SG17 5QS

Please email or ring the SCITT office on 01462 817445 for further information and to register for one of the Information Evenings – they look forward to hearing from you!

Posted on: 15th Mar 2017 - Part of: Careers, General careers information, Teaching

NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme

The NHS multi award winning Graduate Management Training Scheme is currently open for applications.  With opportunities available in Finance, General Management, Health Analysis, Health Informatics, Human Resources & Policy Strategy, you can use the ‘Match Me Tool’ to discover which scheme is the right one for you.

For more information please follow the link. 

Applications close 11.00 am 24th March.



Posted on: 14th Mar 2017 - Part of: Business, Careers, General careers information, Graduate, Health & Social Care, Management

EAUC Event

Are you interested in a career in sustainability?  The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleagues (EAUC) team in Scotland are have been preparing guides to help students better understand the sustainability job market and help guide you through the journey of preparing for these jobs as well as finding and winning them.  The guides are supported by a series of three 1 hr webinars over the course of March.  To find out more and sign up for the webinars and guides, visit their website at:-

Posted on: 14th Mar 2017 - Part of: Careers, Environment, Fairs and events, Scotland, Webinars

Your Opinion Counts! Join the OU Facebook Careers Chat – Monday 13th March 2017

Student Voice FB chat


Your Student Voice Matters! Student Voice Week is coming up and we want to hear your views on projects that could potentially have a big effect on OU students.


Come and join our Facebook Careers chat on Monday 13th March 1-2pm. Your opinion counts! Give us your thoughts, views and suggestions on the Careers and Employability Services – what should we do more of? What could be made better? What are we missing? – come and talk to us, we’d love to hear from you!


If you can’t make it feel free to post a question or suggestion on the event wall in advance and we’ll answer it on the day:

Posted on: 10th Mar 2017 - Part of: Careers, General careers information, Online forums, Social Media

Becoming a Better Boss (Panel Webinar)

jbirkinshawWednesday, 15 March 2017 from 18:30 to 19:45 (London time)

Many talented people trip up when they move from doing work themselves to managing people and teams.

According to London Business School professor Julian Birkinshaw we face a “knowing-doing” gap as managers. We know from our experience as employees how we want to be managed. The problem is that doing the right things as a manager – and doing them consistently – is hard.

In this webinar, he will review what good management looks like and explore techniques that everyone can use to be a better boss more of the time.

He will cover:

  • The most common bad management habits
  • How to use a “stop doing” list and plan ahead for risky situations
  • How to get real feedback (and who is best placed to give it)
  • Ways to avoid micro-management and give up control
  • How to use management experiments to discover and embed good practice.

He will also examine how organisations can learn these lessons and deal with perverse incentives which encourage dysfunctional management.

All attendees will receive the meeting slides, a recording and a resource pack.

There are 50 free tickets available for OU Students via the registration page below:

(use code “OUstudent” if free ticket does not show)

There are also 25 free tickets available for OU Staff on the registration page:

(use code “OUstaff” if free ticket does not show)

Posted on: 9th Mar 2017 - Part of: General careers information, Webinars

Getting into Accounting

Join Mark Jeffers from the ICAEW, a world-leading professional membership organisation, and OU Careers Advisers Lynne Johnson and Marie Da Silva for this OU Live session on Tuesday 21st March12.30-1.30pm, at the following link:

You’ll learn about:

  • The next steps to qualify as a Chartered Accountant after your degree
  • The role of a professional body such as ICAEW in your training

Many OU students, particularly those studying the accounting pathway, have questions about how to become an accountant and this session will show you how. Equally accountancy as a career is open to graduates of all subject disciplines so this session will help you get a better understanding of what’s involved whatever your degree subject.

Posted on: 8th Mar 2017 - Part of: Accountancy, Careers, General careers information, Webinars