The Student Consultancy Project
Work with other students on a real-life consultancy project within UK/ International businesses, charities and social enterprises.
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. 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 your QMUL supervisor.
How will SCP help you progress your career journey?
If you are looking to acquire experience, The Student Consultancy Project will allow you to work on a real-life consultancy project and gain valuable skills and experience. You may also find The Student Consultancy Project 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 The Student Consultancy Project 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 will take place over the autumn term from 29th September to 8th December 2021.
The majority of sessions during the programme will take place on Wednesday afternoons. Some sessions will take place at agreed times during the week with your supervisor. Training and project work involves a commitment of approx. 30 hours in total.
Please note that due to Covid-19, the SCP will run predominantly virtually – but you will be able to specify whether you would like to have some face to face meetings with your client, and we will do our best to match your preferences with employers who are also operating face to face. If you are unable to attend any face to face sessions you will be able to select an option to participate in the programme with all your sessions taking place online.
Please make sure you are eligible for the programme and can commit to the whole programme duration (29th September – 8th December 2021) before applying.
How to Apply
Applications for SCP autumn round open on 2nd August at 8am. The application deadline is on the 30th August 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The following is an example of a programme outline, please note exact sessions and date are subject to change.
Week 1: Introduction & initial training
Week 2: Training session
Week 3: Client meeting
Week 4: Coaching session
Week 5: Project work
Week 6: Project work
Week 7: Project work & Presentation Skills session
Week 8: Project work
Week 9: Practise presentations (1 hour)
Week 10: Client presentations (1 hour)
Week 11: Reflection session
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 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.
If you are interested and have any questions please email us.