Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art MA Scholarship

Fully funded scholarship for Postgraduate Study in the History of Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art

The V&A/RCA postgraduate programme, which includes MA, MPhil and PhD in the History of Design, invites applications for The Friends of the V&A Scholarship. The Scholarship covers fees (£ 9,000) for the two years of the MA and includes a maintenance grant (up to £3,000 per year). Students applying from the UK/EU, who hope to work in a public-facing institution, such as a museum or similar, after graduating from the MA are eligible.

The V&A/RCA MA Programme

The V&A/RCA Programme is internationally recognized as the leading centre for postgraduate study in history of design and material culture. Combining ambitious, rigorous and cutting-edge scholarly approaches with a first-hand understanding of objects, the History of Design programme is ideally suited to prepare students for the increasingly diverse and flexible professional portfolio that is demanded today.

The MA is a two year full-time programme. It offers a unique platform for study in three specialist areas:

– Renaissance and Early Modern

– Modern and Contemporary

– Asian, Early Modern to Contemporary

Taught by a dedicated team of academics based in the Research Department of the V&A and the Humanities School of the RCA, the programme has an established reputation for pioneering new forms of design historical enquiry in global contexts, from the fifteenth century to the present day. The system of seminar-based classes, personal tutorials and supervisions provide a unique environment for the study of the aesthetic, social, cultural, technological, economic and political contexts for design.

The programme specialises in object-focused scholarship ranging across the histories of architecture and interior design, fashion and textiles, furniture and product design, ceramics, metalwork, glass, prints, drawings and digital media and social histories of material culture more broadly.

Uniquely, students have direct access to the unrivalled collections and expertise of the V&A and to the highly specialised art and design practices of the RCA. Opportunities to work with curators or to contribute to V&A gallery and exhibition projects are open to all students. Graduates go on to work internationally in universities, museums and galleries, as well as in a host of other related professions such as curating, journalism, media research and design policy. The MA programme also provides also an excellent preparation towards PhD research in a variety of Humanities fields

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Deadline for Applications is Friday 20 June 2014

Graduate Business Partnership

The Graduate Business Partnership is a project-based placement scheme organised by the University of Exeter. The scheme places recent graduates with local organisations between 8 weeks and up to 23 months. During the placements the graduate receives training from the University.

Application process:
You can apply to any of the placements by submitting an application form to for each project detailing your suitability to the project. Your application form will be forwarded to the host organisation. If they are interested in you they will then contact you directly and arrange an interview.

Graduates from any UK university with the right to work in the UK may apply.


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Graduate Profile of the Month

June’s profile is Daniel O’Flynn. Daniel graduated in 2013 with a MChem Chemistry. He is now studying for a PhD in Chemical Synthesis in Bristol Universities Centre for Doctoral Training (BCS CDT)


Where are you now?

I am now doing a PhD in Chemical Synthesis in Bristol Universities Centre for Doctoral Training (BCS CDT). This is a slightly different PhD program to the conventional PhD route.  It involves an initial seven month training period prior to starting a PhD project.  In the training period I have been able to carry out three 7-week lab rotations in different research groups. This has allowed me to gain experience with new equipment, new chemistry and new techniques that I was previously unfamiliar with. Additionally, it also involves a lecture course, tutorial and workshop sessions, problem sessions, presentations in journal club, and brainstorming potential PhD projects. I am now coming to the end of the seven month training period and will be starting my PhD project in mid-April.

How did you get there?

During my industrial placement year I received an email about the Chemical Synthesis CDT at Bristol and was instantly interested.  The advantages over the conventional PhD route were obvious to me.  Carrying out three lab rotations in different research groups sounded like a great way to start at a new university, allowing me to meet the supervisors/research groups and get a feeling for the place.  I could then make an informed decision about which PhD supervisor/project I will  choose for the next three and half years. The Careers and Employability Centre and my personal tutor helped me to perfect my CV and I applied to Bristol University on their application website. I was able to get an interview a month or so later and everything happened relatively quickly from there.

Where are you going?

I am just about to finish the initial training period and will be starting my PhD project in mid-April.  By way of ambitions, I hope that the PhD and my time at Bristol goes smoothly, ideally stumbling upon new chemistry that I can publish in journals.  In the longer term, I wish to obtain my PhD and go into research in industry. At this moment in time, a career in pharmaceutical/agrochemical research would be my desired career choice.

What advice would you give to a student studying your subject at university now?

I would definitely say enjoy it, try to keep motivated, don’t let the work pile up and ask lots of questions.  Additionally, it’s also worth making sure you understand and refresh on the basics throughout the course, as the basics are going to be fundamental when the hard stuff kicks in.  Finally, I would say enjoy the union while you’re there…I miss FND!

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The Cambridge Geography PGCE: a world of opportunities

Could you become a teacher of Geography?

If you think you could use your passion for Geography to inspire young minds, we want to hear from you.

With exceptional employment rates, bursaries of up to £9000* and the option of progression to the MEd degree, why not consider our progressive PGCE course, led by leading practitioners in one of the world’s best universities?

Further details available at:
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NBG Traineeships through Erasmus+ Program

National Bank of Greece, consistent to its commitment to invest in human capital, offers various internship placements through Erasmus+ Program. Through the afore-mentioned Program, students/ trainees receive an EU – Erasmus grant as a contribution to their costs for travel and subsistence during the period of traineeship abroad and insurance against the risks linked to their participation in the Program (travel insurance, third party liability, accident, serious illness etc). Additional to the Program’s grant, NBG offers a monthly payment.
Erasmus+ internship placements are designed to enhance employability and improve the career prospects of the participating students, notably via contributing to professional skills development and providing working experience, linked to their professional profile
ALL the Traineeships of National Bank of Greece through Erasmus+ Programme has been prolonged for 1 month – new deadline Thursday 31st July 2014
See website for further details

Teaching in the education and training sector – Education and Training Foundation

Rewarding jobs for graduates

  • Passionate about maths or English?
  • Looking for a rewarding career path with great progression and leadership opportunities?
  • Teaching in the education and training sector transforms lives and boosts the economy.

Why teach in the education and training sector?

The education and training sector is big and very diverse. It offers plenty of training opportunities to help you develop, and there are exciting leadership opportunities too. Two million learners – of all ages from 14 upwards – need your skills to help them raise theirs.

How do I become a maths or English teacher in the education and skills sector?

Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses in maths or English are available, and there’s financial help to support you. Trainees study an eligible ITT course at Level 5 and above, either full or part-time.

Visit FE Advice today to find out more, and bring your passion to work!

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how to: Student Life Skills

The How To Academy has programmed two jam-packed life-skills jamborees to meet the needs of sixth formers and students. Taking place in central London during the summer holidays, each five-day event will provide the essential package for students of all ages preparing for the next stage of their lives. Whether it is leaving school, home, or university, planning for an interview, cooking on a shoe-string or choosing a career, our team of experts will guide you through the process of decision-making, self-presentation, and survival.

This fun and informative festival will give you insider information you can get no where else: how to make your CV stand out from thousands of others, what to wear in an interview, how to craft the perfect application letter, apply for an American university, raise money, save money, enter a room with confidence, and manage your parents.

In a series of wall-to-wall workshops, lectures, and seminars you will be given top-tips on tailoring your skills, expanding your options, and attaining your goals. You will learn the arts of self-assertion and ‘Mindfulness’, and be shown the nuts and bolts of starting your own business and managing your own time. Our speakers will share their own experiences, and give one-to-one advice to meet your specific needs. You will leave, we hope, equipped with tools, and friends, for life.

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Bright Futures Social Media Webinar

Bright Futures are hosting a live, interactive, online webinar on how to make the most of social media when job hunting and driving your career forward.

The emergence of social media networks is complementing more traditional hiring processes such as paper applications, CVs and face-to-face networking. As a screening tool, these online networks provide a readily accessible platform to research candidates at minimal cost. Potential employers can access detailed information to draw conclusions about an applicant’s fit for job positions.

By registering for this webinar you’ll receive a free eBook on ‘Using LinkedIn for Your Career’!

Date 18th June 2014
Time: 5.30-6.30pm

The event will be delivered by Vishnu Hariharan, CEO & Co-Founder at BlueBook, an education company dedicated to empowering the next generation of business minds through learning and professional development. Before setting up BlueBook, he worked in the City as a financial analyst at NYSE Euronext and Dresdner Kleinwort Bank in London. He graduated from the London School of Economics and I am a CFA charterholder.

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