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Helping our graduates find careers in the region

Posted on 22 May 2019

The Department of Physics is playing a key role in ensuring its graduates can make the most of career opportunities that exist close to home.


Nearly 70 per cent of all graduates choose to study or work close to their familial home, and this decision is heavily influenced by a student’s economic and social background. Consequently, these less mobile graduates are far less likely to secure graduate-level work in their local area given the uneven regional productivity and the variability of regional labour markets.

The University of York is part of a group of regional universities led by the University of Hull, which is receiving £493,622 from the Office for Students (OfS) to provide work experience, internships and additional training to help local students progress into highly skilled regional employment.

Dr Andrew Hirst is the project manager of this initiative and will also coordinate the project on behalf of the Department of Physics.


He said: “We’re really excited to have received funding from the OfS to help support our physics students to achieve their career potential. We believe that with improved support, information and guidance our students could become more mobile within the Yorkshire, Humberside and East Midlands region and be able to travel within the region for work placements, internships and industrial projects.

“We've got all sorts of ideas about how to give them this support and now we also have the money to help them. If our students are more mobile when they are at university then they are more likely to travel away from home to find their first job - and we know that students who are prepared to travel will get better jobs.”

More information:

The Department of Physics welcomes enquiries from businesses seeking to organise work placements and internships, and carry out research and development work. Please contact Dr Andrew Hirst (, 01904 322285).


Notes to editors:

The Office for Students has awarded £5.6m to 15 institutions across England. Read more about the projects.