CK Recruiter Supports Students at Sheffield Hallam University

Alex Tosney, a recruitment consultant based at our head office in Chesterfield, was invited to participate in a careers event with students at Sheffield Hallam University last week. Speaking to 2nd and 3rd year students who were either in the process of either embarking or completing their work placements, gave Alex the opportunity to discuss three core subjects:

  1. Career opportunities available
  2. Considering a career in scientific sales
  3. How to get the most out of your recruitment agency

With between 70-80 students attending the lecture, Alex took the time to discuss the key areas that really concerned students at this stage of their education; such as how to write a CV, how to make your cv stand out on job boards and what they can do to find work post graduation.

If you are a graduating soon and are looking for help on finding a job or writing a CV take a look at our Careers Zone where there are lots of tips and techniques to help.


Click here to visit the CK Science Career Zone

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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.

For more information on CK Science, contact Gail Whittle on 0114 283 9956 or email on


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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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Watch our latest careers advice videos…

Every week, CK Science creates a new careers advice video to help you in your search for a new science job. Please see below for videos we have uploaded in the past month.

How to apply for the RIGHT roles for you…


How to get the most out of your recruitment agency


What do recruitment consultants look for on your CV?

Top tips for telephone interviews

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Want a new science job? Read our helpful tips

Looking for a new job in science? Here are a few helpful hints and tips to help you on your way…

Careers Advice


Workplace Advice


For more helpful advice speak to one of our professional scientific recruiters, contact the CK team.

Alternatively take a look at our current scientific vacancies now.

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