Careers Service

Career Insights

Year-long Programme

Gain relevant work experience, explore a range of career opportunities, develop your employability skills and meet with a range of employers through our Career Insights Programme.

The Career Insights Programme is aimed at students from under-represented groups in higher education. The eligibility criteria is listed below. 

The 2020-21 programme includes: 

  • access to exclusive employer insight events 
  • a team-based consultancy project  
  • employability skills workshops 
  • recruitment process practice  
  • networking opportunities 
  • support from Newcastle University's Careers Service  
  • a £200 bursary awarded upon completion to support employability activities 
  • completion of the ncl+ Award 

The programme aims to support students with their personal and professional development by taking part in activities that provide an insight into different careers and work environments as well as building the skills that employers look for when hiring. All activities within the Career Insights programme seek to support students in gaining skills and experience in line with the Graduate Skills Framework. 

To undertake the Career Insights Programme, you must be available to take part in all scheduled activities and you must register and complete all required assignments for the ncl+ Award. 

A sample of employers taking part in the 2020/21 programme include 

  • BBC 
  • KPMG 
  • Teach First 
  • Womble Bond Dickinson 
  • Hallmark 
  • W Communications 
  • GlaxoSmithKleine 
  • Jacobs 
  • FDM 
  • Accenture 
  • Newcastle City Council  

There are five streams of events and activities. You can choose the stream of activities and events that relates to the sector or career that you are interested in 

The 2020/21 sector streams are: 

  • Business and Management 
  • Marketing, Media & Arts 
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) 
  • Public Sector and Law 
  • Entrepreneurial Development

Currently all Career Insights activities are planned to take place online, due to restrictions related to Covid-19. Activities will be reviewed throughout the year and if we can accommodate in-person activity within a safe environment we will update participants. 

Costs of participating in activities that require travel or accommodation are covered by the Career Insights Programme. 

Eligibility criteria 

To qualify for a place on the programme you must: 

  1. have UK-home tuition fee status 
  2. be an undergraduate student studying at the Newcastle or London Campus 
  3. register to complete the ncl+ award 
  4. complete the application form by the specified deadline 
  5. and meet at least one of the following criteria: 
  • entered the University through the PARTNERS programme
  • entered the University through the Realising Opportunities programme
  • be in receipt of the Opportunity Scholarship from Newcastle University
  • be in receipt of the Care Leaver Bursary from Newcastle University
  • be in receipt of the Student Parent Bursary from Newcastle University
  • be in receipt of a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or DSA
  • be a Mature Student (you were aged 21 or over on your first day at university)
  • have declared a Disability or Specific Learning Difficulty to the university
  • have a home address representative of a Low HE Participation Neighbourhood
  • from a Black or Minority Ethnic group and prior to university attended a state school/college in the UK
  • be a Student Carer (with sole or shared responsibility for the care of a relative due to illness, a disability, mental distress or substance abuse)*
  • if either/both of your parents/carers are serving or have served in the armed forces at key educational times or you have previously served in the armed forces yourself*
  • estranged and living independently of your family/carers due to a relationship breakdown*
  • from a Gypsy Roma travelling community*
  • have refugee status*
  • have experienced extreme personal and extenuating circumstances*

*if you indicate one of these criteria in your application, you will be asked to provide additional evidence to support your selection.

How to Apply 

To apply, please complete the online form

Applications are open from Monday 12 October and close at midnight on Friday 23 October. 

Find out more

Take a look at the case studies of previous programme participants to hear about their experiences on the programme and beyond. 

If you have any questions about the Career Insights Award, email us and we'll get back to you within 5 working days.

Summer School

Want to enhance your employability over the summer? Join the Career Insights Summer School to build skills and experience and add to your CV.

More help

More help

If you have any questions about the summer school, please contact

Shauna Roberts, Biomedical Science, Graduated 2019

Shauna Roberts, Biomedical Sciences, Graduated 2019

Employment post-graduation: NHS Graduate Scheme

My initial reason for applying was because I was in the final year of university and wanted to gain some work experience before becoming a graduate. The graduate job market is extremely competitive, and I knew I had to have something on my CV to make me stand out.

I visited numerous employers, including GlaxoSmithKline, where they presented to us about the skills and knowledge they look for when hiring. They provided hints and tips about their application process which I found extremely useful and applicable to all the applications I later sent to a range of employers.

Shauna Roberts, Biomedical Science, Graduated 2019

Nicola Cheung, Chemical Engineering, Graduated 2019

Nicola Cheung, Chemical Engineering, Graduated 2019

Employment post-graduation: Graduate Engineer with Emerson Automation Solutions

I applied for the Career Insights programme to improve my CV and increase my confidence when speaking with employers. The programme allowed me to increase and develop my existing skills through the range of activities provided and by participating in the networking opportunities I became less nervous when visiting companies for interviews and assessment centres after the programme had finished.


Nicola Cheung, Chemical Engineering, Graduated 2019

John Crane, Computer Science

John Crane, Computer Science stage 2 (2018/19)

Placement: Leonardo - Aerospace, Defence and Security

I applied for the Career Insights programme to improve interview skills, meet potential employers and improve my CV. I realised what I had learned from the programme when I needed to put my skills to use in writing applications for industrial placements and attending interviews.

My interpersonal/communication and presentation skills, areas I have always lacked confidence in, were honed through the collaborative activities. The presentation on successful interview techniques was also very insightful and prepared me for my own interview and presentation at Leonardo, a defence company with whom I have been offered a paid industrial placement. They have also informed me that if I perform well on the placement, after I return and complete my final year, I will have a place on their graduate scheme. I feel that I wouldn't have achieved this without participating in the Career Insights programme.


John Crane, 3rd Year, Computer Science

Meghan Burn, Geography stage 2 (2020)

Meghan Burn, Geography stage 2 (2019/20)

Placement: Northumbrian Water

One of the main aspects that I will take away from this programme, is the ability to effectively communicate with employers. Through presenting in front of a panel at KPMG and through networking events, I feel much more confident. I am keen to attend more networking events, to further develop my confidence and networking skills.

Another aspect I will take away from this experience is confidently working with a group that I have never met before. For example, working in a team for the KPMG and Groningen events was challenging but also very rewarding. I was able to learn how to adapt my team work skills and communication skills to successfully create projects with a wide range of people.

After completing this programme, I am now able to confidently speak to employers, search for graduate jobs and speak about myself and the skills I have in an interview. I am a lot more confident working with a group of people and I am able to share my ideas in front of an audience but effectively.

Meghan Burn

Mark Clipperton, Marketing and Management stage 4 (2019/20)

Mark Clipperton, Marketing and Management stage 4 (2019/20) 

Participating in the Careers Insight Programme has propelled me to step out of my comfort zone and use these opportunities to gain further experience in leadership and presenting which I had identified as my main weaknesses.

The chance to engage and network with employers from a wide variety of companies has empowered me to feel more confident in knowing how to present my skills to employers as well as advancing my confidence in approaching companies for speculative work opportunities.

As a marketing student, the chance to work within the Creative & Arts stream has been particularly interesting to me as not only have I been able to find potential job opportunities I wasn't aware existed but I have also worked collaboratively with students from different backgrounds to myself. Seeing firsthand the positive influence of combining a diverse set of skills within a team when working on a project has been enlightening and is something I will always remember.

Attending the ncl+ Award workshops enabled me to reflect upon the experiences I was having and the skills I was developing as well as share my personal and professional goals with like-minded students. These sessions supported me in planning strategically to ensure that I seek opportunities to build new skills and gain further expertise.


Mark Clipperton


The Career Insights Bursary provides financial support to help you explore your career options and to apply for opportunities.

It aims to help you gain experience and develop graduate skills, by providing funding for unpaid opportunities. The bursary can also cover travel costs for an interview if the employer is unable to provide funding. 

Find out more

For more information about the Career Insights Bursary, email us.

For help with finding relevant work experience, visit the Careers Service.