Student Stories

As part of the programme students undertake a 12 week professional internship (PIPS) in an area unrelated to their PhD. iCASE students are also required to spend at least 12 weeks with their industrial CASE partner. The following case studies are an example of the experiences that our students have had whilst on their placement.

  • Ben Rix achieves his aims with Aquavalens

    Benjamin Rix | University of East Anglia

    Ben Rix, a PhD student at the UEA in the School of Biological Sciences, wanted an internship to develop his written communication skills and looked for a local opportunity to achieve this....

  • PIPS propels Tharsini on to a new careers path as an IP lawyer

    Tharsini Sivapalan | The Quadram Institute

    When searching for her PhD, Tharsini Sivapalan wanted to find a course that offered her something extra. Previous experience during her undergraduate degree had led Tharsini to the realisation that...

  • Cat is optimistic about her future career after a highly successful iCASE placement

    Cat Gardener | John Innes Centre

    Catherine Gardener is an iCASE student at the NRPDTP in her 3rd year, working on novel temperature sensing mechanisms in plants. Cat is based at the John Innes Centre and her industrial partner is...

  • Eleni enhances her career prospects with internship at the BecA-ILRI Hub, Kenya.

    Eleni Vikeli | John Innes Centre

    Eleni Vikeli, a 3rd year student at the JIC, has an interest in working on science communication projects and is particularly interested in international projects and worldwide communication of...

  • Sophie has very positive experience with AQUAVALENS

    Sophie Bennet | University of East Anglia

    Sophie Bennet met representatives from AQUAVALENS at the PIPS Employer Forum. AQUAVALENS is a consortium of SMEs, Industries, Universities and Research Institutes with the mission of protecting the...

  • Josie strengthens her career plans following PIPS in Africa

    Josie Maidment | John Innes Centre

    Josie Maidment undertook her PIPS at the Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub from January to April 2017, during the second year of her...