Meeting the students


Meeting the student and some frequently asked questions

Inject some data science creativity into your organisation through The Data Lab MSc Industrial Placement Programme

Some frequently asked questions

What is the timeline for Host organisations?

  • Placements can be submitted up until beginning of May 2022
  • Students will submit their preference on December 3rd 2021 and the matching process will begin on December 6th 2021 until all suitable projects and students are matched.
  • Placements will start depending on each academic intuitions timelines. This can be as early as May 2022 or as late as June/July 2022. This will be discussed with the students and host organisation.
  • Students have to attend Innovation Week which is May 30th to June 3rd 2022 so please keep this in mind as they will not be able to work that week.

How do I conduct an interview?

  • We discourage the word ‘interview’ as this is not a meeting to discuss a permanent position. 
  • The Data Lab arrange ‘meetings’ between the students and potential host organisations to discuss Projects. 
  • Where possible, we encourage a 1-1 meeting (virtual or in person) to take place – where the Project and the student’s suitability can be assessed and discussed. 
  • All relevant internal stakeholders should be present at this meeting to streamline the process and avoid the need for multiple meetings.
  • As this is a placement organised via the MSc and the matching is done by The Data Lab team, the application process is different than that of a standard graduate role or placement.  
  • Feedback and a decision must be relayed to The Data Lab within a maximum of 48 hours after meeting.

 Will the student expect a permanent job?

  • No, the student is aware that this is a  8-12 week placement opportunity, and whilst job offers can result from placements this is not an expectation.

What if I want to offer the student a more permanent role following placement?

  • Should you make an offer to the student of further employment within 12 months of the placement completion, a recruitment fee will be incurred payable directly to The Data Lab:
  • Public and third sector organisations – £0
  • Start-ups – £1000
  • Private sector SMEs – £2500
  • Private sector other – £5000

The Data Lab reserve the right to amend these fees at their discretion. Income generated from recruitment fees is not for profit and will be used to further develop and sustain The Data Lab Masters Programme, enable the continuation of scholarship funding and industry placements in the future.

Will the student be an expert in this area? 

  • These students are going through their learning journey, they will not be experts in any domain but can add enormous value to your organisation. 

What sort of outcome should you expect?

 Here are some examples from previous years

“The student went beyond what was expected by producing an AI image classification system”

“A new tool was prototyped which was a great learning and if time/money was available could enhance the business. Excellent outcome”

“An improvement to a visualization in Tableau”

“The student helped to deliver the data analytics platform plus the work on ethics and privacy will be taken forward”

“New data base created”

“Brought an archive into the 21st Century."