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 Access specialised expertise for fixed-term projects

Postgraduate Placements Nottingham can help your enterprise enhance fixed-term projects by facilitating access to the specialised expertise and leading-edge knowledge of our talented postgraduate community; with the additional benefits of low-costs and minimal administration.

Whether you are a small to medium business, a charity or an international organisation we are keen to work with you. Our only requirements are that you have Public and Employers liability insurance in place and that the placement be based around a specific project. 

Our placement model

Types of Placement

Postgraduate Placements Nottingham offers two main types of placement:

  • part-time (6-10 hrs per week) over a maximum of 12 weeks
  • full-time 3 month internships

There is no formal limit on the number of placements an employer can offer overall, but due to the need to provide adequate supervision we recommend no more than 4 postgraduates are placed with an organisation at any one time. 


Cost sharing and administration

We pay the placement student for their time and expertise through the University's temporary staffing agency, and the employer pays a contribution towards the cost of the project. The contribution depends on the type of project and the funding we have available at the time of the placement.  

We will handle most of the paperwork but you will need to complete a few forms providing information about your business and the placement project you have in mind.  You will also need to sign the contracts and provide feedback to us at the end of the placement.

Contact us

Get in touch to discuss how a postgraduate placement might benefit your organisation.

Paul Rice,
Placements Delivery Manager

t: 0115 95 14732



The PPN placement project contributed significantly to a doubling of turnover in my business between its first and second years. 
Research Consulting 

“PPN provided a unique opportunity to benefit from knowledge and university talent that would otherwise prove difficult to access.
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