CK Group has been an advocate of University of Sunderland and their academic programme for many years. Proactively supporting students through their course through a series of training sessions aimed at providing them with the essential skills required to search and find employment after graduation. In addition, CK sponsor the student placement prize by rewarding the student who gets the highest score based on their placement project and endorsement from their industry mentors.
This year we are pleased to announce the winner as Tom Armstrong. Tom completed a placement at Bristol Myers Squibb as an Analytical Chemist and utilised the content of this project to produce a poster that won a prize at the Emerging Analytical Professionals Conference. Tom, who graduated with a 1st Class degree in BSc BioPharmaceutical Science, also won two further rewards during his final year and credits his degree course for giving him the best foundation to start his career.
Sunderland born Tom has now joined Eurofins as part of an insourcing project at Astra Zeneca. The experience gained during his degree and placement year has been invaluable in him being able to perform successfully in his new role. He continues to extol the benefits of his placement year for not only persuading him to leave his beloved home town, but also for the advantage it gave him securing the role and for helping him to establish a network of industry professionals.
The BSc BioPharmaceutical Science course now offered at University of Sunderland provides modules that cover the all aspects of life sciences to provide a solid foundation for those first steps into industry. Students experience everything from analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, formulation through to regulatory. Championed by the Course Leader, Dr Mark Carlile, the degree has a heavy industrial slant which provides students which much needed real life understanding. As one of the first few cohorts to graduate, Tom has already noticed that employers are incredibly impressed by the breadth of subjects and the experience it provides.