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Student Consultancy Project (SCP)

Are you interested in gaining real-life work experience via an award-winning* programme?

 

If the answer is “YES!” The SCP could be perfect for you. Join us and work with other students on a real-life consultancy project within  UK/International businesses, charities and social enterprises. 

*Voted “Best Student Programme” at the EY (Ernst & Young) Global Career Services Summit Awards 2022. 

Past clients have included FDM, Catch22, AIXRHyperJarRoutledge Publishers, NewSpace Finance, Greener & Cleaner, Cory Group, Donmar Warehouse, and many, many more.**

 

What is SCP?

The Student Consultancy Project gives you the chance to work in multidisciplinary teams solving problems faced by businesses, charities and social enterprises within the UK and Internationally. Gain first-hand experience working with a client whilst receiving support from a Queen Mary supervisor. This programme gives you the opportunity to develop skills you can take forward into any profession - not just consultancy.

You will have access to: 

  • Training sessions
  • Coaching
  • Client meetings
  • Further professional development offerings 

Eligibility and Commitment 

The Spring 2023 programme is open to all Queen Mary undergraduates from any academic school (including medicine and dentistry students). 

Please note that as the programme is designed to support students from under-represented backgrounds in higher education, applications from students in receipt of a financial aid bursary from the university will be prioritised.  

SCP will take place over the Spring term from 1st February to 29th March 2023. 

The majority of the sessions during the programme will take place on Wednesday afternoons (compulsory attendance) on campus. Some sessions will take place at agreed times during the week with your supervisor. You'll complete the project work hours flexibly around your own time (approx. 20 hrs). Training and project work involves a commitment of approx. 30 hours in total. 

Please make sure you are eligible and can commit to this time before applying. 

What can you gain from the SCP?

  • Experience of working with a client on a real-life consultancy project. 
  • Client management and team working skills in a professional context. 
  • Opportunity to use your own initiative and creativity to solve problems. 
  • Project management, organisation and time management skills. 
  • Professional communication skills, both written and verbal. 
  • Add QMUL programme supervisors or your client as a reference for future job applications. 
  • Learn how to use your SCP experience during future interview scenarios. 
  • Obtain a certificate upon completion (can be showcased on LinkedIn, etc.). 

Upon successful completion, SCP will be listed on your digital transcript, the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), and you can add it as reference in future job applications. 

How to apply

Applications for SCP are open from Thursday 3rd November, and the application deadline is on Sunday 8th January at 23:59.

Please note that the SCP is a popular programme and early applications are advised. We recommend that you have your application checked by a Careers Consultant before you submit it, please make a Careers appointment by booking online or calling 0207 882 8533. 

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Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our recruitment processes for our student employability programmes, as well as our stated strategic objective of being “the most inclusive university of its kind, anywhere”. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability.

If you need to discuss any reasonable adjustments such as requiring the application form in a different format, or would like advice regarding the recruitment process, please email the Student Consultancy Project team on studentconsultancy@qmul.ac.uk

Programme Outline

After working on the project you will present findings and recommendations directly to the client as a team. You and your team will receive training from staff around commercial awareness, project planning, problem solving, teamwork and presentation skills. As well as this, you will participate in a reflection session where you will learn how to apply this experience to future applications and interview.

The following is an example of a programme outline, please note exact sessions and date are subject to change. 

Week 1: Introduction, Initial training and “Meet your supervisor”  

Week 2: Client Meeting  

Week 3: Peer Coaching session, Project Work  

Week 4: Project Work  

Week 5: Project Work

Week 6: Presentation Skills Lab, Project work 

Week 7: Practice Presentations 

Week 8: Client Presentations

Week 9: Reflection session 

Past Student Consultants

“I had the chance to work in a completely professional environment, where people – our clients – trusted our abilities. It was an incredible chance to develop a range of specific and interpersonal skills, which will definitely boost my CV and confidence”

“The project was working with a real [company] therefore you are actually making a difference to a business; if you want to get a job then this opportunity gives you great exposure to people…speaking to people regularly develops the right mindset to go out and be proactive about getting a job”

SKETCH (Student Knowledge Exchange Through Community Hubs)

The Student Consultancy Project is now a part of a new QMUL student-led professional services firm called SKETCH (Student Knowledge Exchange Through Community Hubs). SKETCH brings together five student activity strands within QMUL: The Legal Advice Centre, qNomics, qLegal, The Student Consultancy Project, and the QM Social Venture Fund. Each activity strand gives students the opportunity to apply their skills to a real world context, under the guidance of professionals or University staff. External clients will be able to use all of these services if they wish, like a professional services firm.

**Client participation is likely to change every term, dependent on their business needs and availability. Therefore, clients will vary from programme to programme.  

 

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Deadline: Sunday 8th January

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