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Careers and Enterprise

The Student Consultancy Project – SCP Sprint 2021

Work with other students on a real-life consultancy project within UK/international businesses, charities and social enterprises.

The Student Consultancy Project Sprint (SCP Sprint) gives you the chance to work in multidisciplinary teams solving problems faced by businesses, charities and social enterprises within the UK and Internationally. Undergoing training sessions (live and pre-recorded), coaching, client meetings and further professional development offerings, this is a fantastic opportunity to gain first-hand experience working with a client whilst receiving support from a Queen Mary supervisor.

How will SCP Sprint help you progress your career journey?

If you are looking to acquire experience, SCP Sprint will allow you to work on a real-life consultancy project and gain valuable skills and experience. You may also find SCP Sprint valuable if you are still exploring your career options, as by undertaking work experience you will  gain insight into your strengths, skills and career preferences. Another benefit of participating in SCP Sprint is that you get greater insight into an employer’s perspective, which can help you understand how to show your skills and experience more effectively in future job applications.

Eligibility and Commitment

Open to all Queen Mary undergraduates from any academic school (including medicine and dentistry students). SCP Sprint will take place over a week from Monday 7th June to Monday 14th June 2021 (excluding the weekend). Participants on this programme will be expected to be available for training and teamwork during standard office hours, 9am-5pm. Please make sure you are eligible and can commit to this time before applying.

How to Apply

Applications for SCP Sprint are now open. Please complete and submit the application form before the deadline, which is Sunday 25th April at midnight.

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

Contact Us

If you are interested and have any questions please email us.

Programme Outline

After working on the project for 6 days teams present their findings and recommendations directly to the client in the form of a short report and presentation. You will receive pre-project training from Careers and Enterprise staff around commercial awareness, project planning, teamwork and presentation skills.

Teams will also receive coaching from their assigned Queen Mary supervisor and a post-project debrief where you will learn how to apply this experience to future applications and interviews.

What You Gain

  • Experience of working with a client on a real-life consultancy project.
  • Develop client management and team working skills in a professional context.
  • Opportunity to use your own initiative and creativity to solve problems.
  • Develop your project management, organisation and time management skills.
  • Develop your professional communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Upon successful completion, SCP Sprint will be listed on your digital transcript, the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), and you can add it as reference in future job applications.

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. 

Placement: Location: Off campus