CK Science in University of Sunderland Liaison Visit

Last week, Barney Smith, Recruitment Manager for the CK Science Durham office, visited the University of Sunderland’s Sciences Complex for a careers advice session with students.

CK Science have had a long standing relationship with the University of Sunderland and been on hand on many previous occasions to offer advice on CV presentation, interview techniques and careers options for scientists.  On this occasion, Barney provided the students with a rare opportunity to speak to a senior scientist within a global organisation as he was accompanied by one of CK Science’s most valued clients, Myfanwy Lancaster, Lab Manager at Koppers, a leading integrated producer of carbon compounds in Middlesbrough.

Myfanwy is an Environmental Scientist by discipline and she previously worked for Yorkshire Water and Reckitt Benckiser but joined Koppers 10 years ago to run the analysis lab.  She talked to the students about the challenges she has faced both as a scientist finding her way in the industry, and as an employer in finding good candidates to work for her in the laboratory.

Myfanwy provided some excellent advice for the students, particularly about how important it is to make a good impression at interview:

“Your CV is important as it will help you to get noticed and to secure an interview, but it’s your enthusiasm and personality in the face-to-face meeting that will get you the job.”

And expanded this to more specific areas of the interview process :

“If you have a lab tour as part of your interview, be aware that it’s actually a test. The interviewer is looking to see how you cope with being in the lab and is hoping to find someone who shows lots of interest and asks pertinent questions.”

In a group discussion at the end of the meeting, students were keen to ask both Myfanwy and Barney a series of questions on subjects ranging from how to go about securing a summer placement to whether jobs for life still exist.

The session came to a close with a poignant piece of advice from Dr John Lough, a Reader in Pharmaceutical Analysis in the University’s Department of Pharmacy, Health and Well-Being, Faculty of Applied Sciences:

“Mostly importantly, don’t forget to get good marks in your degree.

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University of Sunderland Sciences Complex

Sunderland University

In 2011 the University of Sunderland invested over £7million in a new Sciences Complex at the City Campus.

The Sciences Complex development includes a new Health and Science Academy – a state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities for health science provision.

Features of the new development:

  • A central hub for the Health and Science Academy with a highly visible atrium area and reception, opening out to attractive landscaped public realm space as part of a new university square.
  • High quality teaching and learning facilities, including a professional development suite for the delivery of higher level skills for students and continuous professional development facilities for health professionals.
  • High quality multi-disciplinary science laboratories including new equipment for drug discovery, pharmaceutical and health-related sciences.
  • A new integrated industry-standard Analytical Services laboratory and scientific imaging suite.
  • A sports science research facility equipped to analyse aerobic capacity, track body temperature, and assess biometric performance.
  • High quality social learning spaces for staff, students, and external partners including a dedicated Bioinformatics IT suite.
  • Exhibition space to promote leading-edge science to the young people of the region, the wider community, industry and the health professions.
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Myfanwy & Barney at Sunderland University