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Surrey Students spend their Professional Training Year at GlaxoSmithKline

Last year eight University of Surrey students went and spent their placement years at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) who have a range of placement opportunities across business, engineering and science. Claire, Marine, Samantha and Emma are four of the students who have told us how they spent their year. The 2019/20 placement applications have opened, find out […]


My Professional Training Year – Emma Hobbs, GlaxoSmithKline

I am soon to be starting my final year as a Biochemistry undergraduate, but last September I had just started my placement at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Day-to-Day Working in the ‘Protein and Cellular Sciences’ department involved a wide variety of disciplines, including: molecular biology, protein biochemistry, and analytical techniques from western blots to mass spectrometry. With […]


My Professional Training Year – Claire Seaman, GlaxoSmithKline

  How I spent my placement year I was based at the GSK UK Research and development HQ in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, working in a department called Screening profiling and mechanistic biology (SPMB). During my time at GSK I worked to implement DoE (design of experiment) into standard assay development procedure. DoE is greatly helped by […]


My Professional Training Year – Samantha Walker, GlaxoSmithKline

What was my placement? For my third year as a Biomedical Sciences student, I completed an industrial placement within the Immuno-inflammation Epigenetics Discovery Performance Unit (DPU) at GSK. My year-long project investigated the biological effects of novel compounds, targeting epigenetic regulators, on T helper cell differentiation. This was to establish the therapeutic potential of these […]


My Professional Training Year – Marine Tooh, GlaxoSmithKline

We asked  Business Management (Entrepreneurship) student, Marine Tooh, about her placement year. What did you do in your day-to-day work? I was part of the Talent Learning area within the HR department. There were various projects being assigned that spread across the entire year, based on ‘stretch’ projects and your capacity. Bearing in mind the daily workload […]


My graduate journey – Rosie Sparrow, English Lit, graduated 2017

After the hype of graduating it’s time to further think about the exciting prospects that you have ahead of you. Rosie graduated last year and reflects on her journey from graduating to attaining her current role at Visit Britain.  My first steps after graduating After graduating from university, I was at a loss of what […]


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