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A look at what SMF students have achieved this year!

The increasingly shorter days have brought a close to another jam-packed summer and October half term for the SMF. More than 700 of our students participated in work experience across the UK, either in their home cities of Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Newcastle, or through residentials, which brought students from all across the UK – as far as Ellon, Omagh, Conwy and Cornwall – to London and Middlesbrough.

We were pleased to work with a number of employers for the first time, including HMRC Solicitors’ offices in Birmingham, Glasgow, London and Manchester, The Daresbury Laboratory, No 5 Chambers in Birmingham and Brewin Dolphin in Newcastle.

We are delighted to continue to work alongside many employers who have hosted SMF students for a number of years, and who enjoy sharing the successes of students who have gone on to university and employment . Of the students who have fed-back on their APP City summer work experience so far, 94% said that they would not have been able to secure the opportunity without the help of the SMF.

Over the summer months of June to September we also ran 75 events and university visits for young people on APP City.

In August, 26 SMF students from London and Birmingham travelled to the Sanger Institute at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus where they gained a fantastic insight into genomics research and the exciting career opportunities within biology and chemistry.

At a Law Futures Day hosted by DAC Beachcroft in Manchester, aspiring solicitors and barristers from the North West worked on their negotiation skills, and networked with legal professionals who shared their insight and experiences of careers in law. The day wrapped up with a fascinating taster lecture delivered by BPP University.

“I learnt a lot about the law sector and I was given specific examples of cases, together with the necessary information about them like the related laws. I was able to develop skills in forming my own judgement.”


This summer also saw our first visit for Scottish SMF students to the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, to Selwyn and Mansfield Colleges respectively. The students enjoyed tours of the colleges and cities, a critical thinking workshop and had the opportunity to explore some of their subjects in academic taster sessions.


“It was encouraging to realise that not everyone at Oxbridge is posh and that normal people like myself can succeed there.”

Work experience and events like these equip students on the Aspiring Professionals Programme with essential experience and knowledge to help inform the important decisions they will make in the coming months and years. We are grateful to all of the professionals and organisations who help us to provide these valuable opportunities.

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