Graduate Survey – University of Stirling


We are about to get in touch regarding the graduate destinations survey. Here’s a bit of information to explain why we carry out the survey, so you know what to expect.

All universities are required by the Government to survey their graduates to find out what they have gone on to do, whether this be employment, voluntary work, further study, taking time out to travel or doing something else.

The information is very useful to University of Stirling staff and prospective and current students in many ways. It not only builds a picture of what graduates are doing including any changes in the graduate job market; Careers Consultants use it for career guidance; students and graduates will use it to get ideas about their careers; potential students will look at it to help them decide on a course; departments can use it for marketing courses.

The results are also part of the criteria used to form University League Tables, so we aim to reach as many recent graduates as possible.

The survey is managed by the staff here in the Careers and Employability Service and we also use the survey to identify grads who need ongoing careers support. You may have used the data from previous surveys to find out what other grads from your course went on to do (all data is anonymous of course).

We will be contacting University of Stirling leavers in Jan/Feb by phone (approximately 6 months after summer graduation). To ensure that the survey results are really useful, we need to get a high level of responses. If you are a recent graduate, we would really appreciate your help.

We do have an online version of the survey available for you here: It is quick and easy to complete the questions; you will only need a minute or two to tick all the relevant boxes.

Many Thanks

The Careers Team


 Ambitious Futures – The Graduate Programme for University Leadership

***UPDATE*** date now set for information session: 20th October 2016 @ 2-3pm, here in the Careers and Employability Service, Cottrell 3A1. If you have graduated within the last 5 years, do come along to find out more!

You’re reading this because you’re intrigued about what a university’s graduate programme has to offer you. A leadership career in the university sector is perhaps not something you’ve thought of before. However, for ambitious and talented graduates, it should be a very significant and appealing prospect.

The university sector is one of the most innovative, vibrant and exciting environments in which to build your future career. If you’re looking for a graduate programme that leads to a highly successful and dynamic career in an entrepreneurial, global business, Ambitious Futures is it.


This cutting-edge programme will show you how the challenging and stimulating business of a university operates. You’ll meet some of the most talented people in the country, if not the world, and gain an inside view into the sector’s management and business processes. A key aspect of your training will see you working alongside a diverse range of partners, from students and employers to funding bodies and commercial organisations.

It’s the opportunity to contribute to a life you have already experienced and enjoyed, and make a difference to the learning of future generations of students. What’s more, you’ll be working at the heart of fast-paced and world-leading commercial organisations that, rather unusually, are not primarily motivated by profit-making.


Click on the poster to take you to the Ambitious Futures webpages

Sarah Anderson and Katie Cattanach, two current Graduate Trainees at the University of Stirling, have put together a snappy Powtoon (which you can view here), about this exciting programme. They will be hosting a series of evening information events for students and graduates alike, so do keep an eye out on our blog pages and FB pages for the dates of these sessions.

University of Dundee Internship Programme – The Internship Graduate Certificate (IGC)

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The Internship Graduate Certificate (IGC) is a highly distinctive programme which combines a high quality internship, with intensive career management learning. Internships are available across Scotland and in China.

The programme offers an exceptional opportunity to boost your employability – whether you want to break into graduate employment for the first time or develop your experience internationally, are seeking ways to further develop your career path or are looking to gain experience to help you make a career change.

Internship Graduate Certificates (Scotland or China)
Struggling to take the next step on your career path? Finding it hard to prove to employers you have
what it takes? Is your lack of professional level experience holding you back? This programme can
help you gain the vital experience necessary and equip you with the practical employability skills
needed to manage your own career.
The Internship Graduate Certificate (IGC) is a highly distinctive programme starting with a 4-week
intensive Career Management Module at Dundee. This is followed by one of 2 routes:
1. IGC China: 5 month internship in China where you’ll live in shared accommodation and have
access to in-country support and advice.
2. IGC Scotland: 6 month internship with a Scottish organisation with call-back days to University for
on-going support.
The programme consists of two credit-bearing modules:
Module 1: Preparation and Planning (20 credits)
Over 4 weeks, you’ll enhance your self-awareness, career management skills and understanding of the
world of work – preparing you for your internship. Through highly interactive classes, you’ll learn about
project management, team working, commercial awareness, networking, presentation skills and more.
Module 2: Internship and Development (40 credits)
Through the graduate-level internship and further developmental learning you’ll be equipped with
the career planning skills you need to search for your next job and to manage your own career.
Internship Placement:
Prior to the beginning of the programme, you will be carefully matched to an internship opportunity
to suit you. On the Scotland pathway, internships may be anywhere in Scotland. On the China
pathway, internships are in Zhu Hai, China.


Full details of how to apply through UKPASS (including information on tuition fees)
can be found at:
Further information, contact:
Careers Service • Tel +44 (0) 1382 384017 • email

**Hot off the Press** Research Assistant Opportunity **Closing date 5pm 17th September**


Employer: University of Edinburgh

Job title: Research Assistant Opportunity

The University of Edinburgh School of Health in Social Science are recruiting a Research Assistant to work on a portfolio of interrelated health policy projects with cross-cutting themes including:

 community engagement particularly with the youth and / or marginalised communities

 innovative / arts-based methods and / or social movements

 co-production and asset-based approaches

 tobacco control including prevention, education and harm reduction

 health service improvement

As part of time-limited projects supported by funders including the NHS, the job offers the post-holder a unique opportunity to work on an innovative stream of research bridging top-down and bottom-up approaches to policy and practice. The candidate will have and further develop a degree of expertise within applied health policy and advance skills in:

 data collection and management

 literature searching and reviewing

 the development of theoretical, conceptual and methodological frameworks to be tested in organisational settings and communities

 qualitative data analysis using NVivo

The projects are working to clear deadlines and the post-holder is required to be highly organised and efficient in managing their workload to ensure key tasks are delivered on time. Creativity and a dynamic approach to engaging with the projects and proposing pioneering ideas is key.

The final products will be prepared for publication and further fundable research. The post-holder will have access to regular supervision.

Further information available

The post will be based within Counselling and Psychotherapy, School of Health in Social Science. The post is for a period of 6 months, part time (17.5hrs per week) , to commence 1st October 2015 (ending 31st March 2016) The role will be grade UE06 and pay a gross pro rata salary of approx. £6,568.50 (i.e. before deductions for tax, national insurance and superannuation; subject to pay rises when a pay agreement is reached).

Person Requirements:

Essential Attributes

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

 The post-holder will hold an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1)

 Knowledge and experience of research methods, particularly qualitative, and associated ethics

 Experience in literature searching and reviewing

 Ability to work efficiently and to tight deadlines

 Working on multiple projects

 Excellent written communication skills

 Ability to communicate clearly and work with complex theoretical and conceptual ideas

 Qualitative data analysis using NVivo

 Documentary analysis

 Creative problem-solving skills

Desirable Attributes

 MSc (or PhD) or equivalent in social or political science, public health, or other relevant subject.

 Experience of conducting empirical research in a healthcare setting

Publishing reports and/or peer-reviewed academic papers

Application Information:

Please could you send expressions of interest (a CV and cover letter) to the Principal Investigator, Dr Marisa de Andrade (, cc: myself ( no later than 5pm on Thursday 17th September. You will be contacted w/c 21st September if successful to confirm employment details.

Note that the cover letter *must* confirm you have the explicit support of your supervisor to undertake this post (we will be confirming this with them), and you must have right to work in the UK for the hours require and period of employment (if you are here on a visa we will need evidence of this and relevant confirmation letters, which we can discuss when confirming appointment details).

The University of Stirling Generation Y symposium sponsored by RBS

The University of Stirling Generation Y symposium is launching this September, with the goal to enhance students’ career prospects, engage students to think about your future, and to bring together professionals and students under one roof. Bringing these groups together is a new and innovative way to engage in career development.

The Symposium is a platform where the biggest questions facing industry and business shall be set into conversation. This year the symposium shall engage with ‘Generation Y’ and discuss the impact this generation shall have on the future of industry.


The Royal Bank of Scotland, One Campaign, Institute of Directors, Michael Page, The James Hutton Institute, Swagelok, Optima Life, Thinktastic and successful professionals shall be delivering keynote addresses, talks and workshops to engage with Generation Y. The diverse mix of students and professionals shall create an innovative environment to enhance career development and develop links between the professional and student worlds. Students will have the opportunity to network with high-level professionals and speak directly to employers.

Are you a professional?

Professionals shall have a unique opening to University of Stirling students to develop an understanding from the perspective of informed, motivated and driven young members of society how industry needs to evolve for the emergence of Generation Y in the workplace. The diverse range of industries shall allow cross-referencing of ideas between sectors which have not worked hand in hand before. The University of Stirling symposium is a chance to bring different sectors together to discuss ideas and find solutions to the big issues facing business today.

Other Details:

Registration for the event can be done via purchasing a ticket on Eventbrite via this page; on the day, please arrive between 9:15 and 10:00 to allow for a prompt start of the event at 10:00!

Please be advised that there may be limited parking at the Stirling Court Hotel. For any additional information please get in touch with us at:

Don’t miss these internship closing dates……..


Employer HydroLogic Services Ltd

Job title: Hydrometric Technician

Closing date: 18/09/2015

Job description:

Hydrometry includes the collection of data for the aspects of the water cycle, so this includes surface water, groundwater and rainfall monitoring. The job specifically includes:

  • Hydrometric data collection and monitoring
  • Assisting in the Installation of hydrometric monitoring sites

Site operation, calibration and maintenance

Internship duration: 12 weeks

Salary: £1,200 per month as part of the Stirling Internship Programme for SME’s supported by Santander

Person requirements:

You will need to be confident, self-motivated and have good communication skills. A flexible and adaptable approach is important as you will be working with others and on your own, sometimes in challenging situations. You should be prepared to travel and work throughout the South of England on a routine basis. Previous experience of the practical application, operation and maintenance of water monitoring instrumentation / installations would be useful, but not essential.

Company information:

Hydro-Logic Services LLP are one of the UK’s leading providers of hydrological & hydrometric services and water monitoring technologies. As a hydrometric technician at Hydro-Logic you will get the opportunity to work with some of the UK’s leading specialists in the fields of hydrometric monitoring, hydrological analysis, flood risk management and water resource assessment.

Location: Berkshire, Reading

Please send your CV and Covering Letter to the University Career Development Centre ( who will then forward them on to the company. To take part in The Stirling Internship, you must get your CV and Covering Letter checked before applying. Our bookable 15 minute appointments with the Duty Careers Adviser for this are on Monday – Thursday, 11am-3pm in Cottrell 3A1. If you have any difficulties accessing our service, please contact us on 01786 467070.

Don’t miss these internship closing dates……..


Employer: What Could I Be?

Job title: Partnership Development

Closing: date 21/09/2015

Job description:

  • Research sector information including weekly update of news stories
  • Website updating
  • Social media activity
  • Organise and brief bloggers
  • Organise and send out partnership/membership packs
  • Administration support

Rate of pay is £250 a week (negotiable depending on experience), as part of The Stirling Internship Programme for SMEs, supported by Santander. There is also the possibility of some bonus payments.

Person requirements:

  • Organised
  • Computer programmes word, excel and powerpoint
  • Great communication skills (on phone, email, social media)
  • Good research skills

Company information:

We design and publish career education i-ZINES for 11-15 year old young people and their parents.

We are a social enterprise.

Accepted degree subjects: Any

Application information

Please send your CV and Covering Letter to the University Career Development Centre ( who will then forward them on to the company. To take part in The Stirling Internship, you must get your CV and Covering Letter checked before applying. Our bookable 15 minute appointments with the Duty Careers Adviser for this are on Monday – Thursday, 11am-3pm in Cottrell 3A1. If you have any difficulties accessing our service, please contact us on 01786 467070.