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Postgraduate Placements Nottingham

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Why PPN Placements are different 

Postgraduate Placements Nottingham (PPN) are designed to help you recognise the breadth of your potential and highlight future opportunities.

We offer bespoke, paid, part-time placements with a range of employers from small local businesses to multinational organisations. These placements are designed to fit in with your studies and give you the opportunity to learn transferable skills and enhance your employment prospects during your postgraduate studies. Our research shows that PPN placements alumni generally achieve better degree outcomes, are more employable and command higher salaries than their peers.

We generally offer two types of placement:

  • part-time projects, up to 200 hours, for a period of 3-6 months
  • full-time 3 month internships 

The application process

  1. You register for placement news through the Postgraduate Placements Portal, and use the same site to apply for any vacancies that interest you by uploading your cv and cover letter.
  2. If you are short-listed, you will be invited to a formal interview with the employer, usually at their premises. 
  3. On being placed you will need to register with Unitemps, setting-up your bank details in order to receive your pay.
  4. An induction meeting between you and the employer will take place and the project can begin. We will be available to provide guidance and support to you throughout the duration of the project. 
  5. At the end of the project, you and the employer will be required to give us feedback on the project.  

Register Now

Register on our portal and we'll send you email updates on the latest vacancies.

Any personal data collected in the registration form on our placements portal will be held and processed for the purposes of the postgraduate placement scheme only.

For further information visit: 
How the University of Nottingham processes your personal data.

Find vacancies

Contact us

Kerry Wright, Postgraduate Placements Manager

Geraldine Tonks, Postgraduate Placements Officer
0115 95 14732

Case studies

"The placement inspired me to reflect on my research. I would definitely recommend undertaking a placement to any postgraduate student."

"My placement turned into a full time job offer, so I would like to thank  your team for making this possible."

"I used quite a lot of what I learned to set up a small business shortly after finishing."



  • You must be a postgraduate student registered at The University of Nottingham for the duration of the placement.
  • If placed you will be required to register with Unitemps.
  • All students will require a National Insurance Number if placed.
  • International students can apply but should check on their Visa restrictions.
  • Any other restrictions are indicated on vacancy adverts.
  • If you have already undertaken a placement through PPN please contact our team before applying for a further placement, due to restrictions on certain funding streams.

Getting Paid, Tax & Funding

How much will I be paid?
The rate of pay will be specified in the placement vacancy advert. The majority of our part-time placements are paid at a rate of £10.36 per hour (inclusive of holiday pay).

When and how will I be paid?

Payments for work/hours already completed will be transferred directly into your bank account by Unitemps.

Payments are made monthly subject to the appropriate submission of accurate timesheets.


Will a placement affect my funding?

Our part-time placement opportunities should not affect or be affected by your funding status.

However, for longer term and full-time positions, please check with your funder first as individual circumstances and funding arrangements vary significantly.

Where can I get advice about Tax or National Insurance?



Postgraduate Placements Nottingham

Graduate School (Research and Innovation)
University of Nottingham
A101 Law & Social Sciences building (LASS)
University Park

Tel: +44 (0) 115 846 8400