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The event helps first and second year students secure their industrial summer placements with local and regional companies, which could then lead to paid graduate positions.

Professor Steve Wilkinson, Head of Chemical Engineering at the University of Chester, said: “This event gives our students an important ‘leg-up’ on the work experience ladder which is something we believe we excel in at Chester.”

Approximately 60 students across Engineering and Natural Sciences programmes attended the event and had the great opportunity to meet with around 18 companies, as well as various industry representatives specialising in engineering, manufacturing and chemistry.

Dr Mike Hancock from business consultants Dee Associates gave the event a 10/10 and said it was a “great event and well organised”.

Steve Bennett, from Starchaser Industries, said: “All the students I spoke to presented themselves really well and it was difficult to choose.”

The event was also attended by representatives from the University’s Careers and Employability and Commercial Operations teams.

Second year Chemical Engineering student, Dan Innerdale, who secured a placement with global science and chemicals company, Johnson Matthey, at the previous Speed Networking Event in 2018, said: “This year there was an even bigger buzz in the room, each student only had five minutes with each company so we had to be experts in presenting ourselves! My nerves soon settled down and I was offered several interesting placement projects. I feel so much more confident about interviews going forwards.”

Lily Deves from the University of Chester’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, and the event’s organiser, said: “This year’s event was the biggest and best it has ever been. We’re expecting more than 40 work placement opportunities to have come from a single evening’s speed networking! Our thanks go to all those companies who came along and supported the event - and, in doing so, also supported our students.”

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