KEEP+ Graduate Associate FAQs

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From January 2017, KEEP+ will be able to help your business achieve its goals for growth by helping you overcome barriers to innovation.

What do I need to apply to be a KEEP+ Associate?

You need to be a UK citizen or have the right to work in the UK without visa sponsorship.  As far as qualifications are concerned you need to be a recent graduate (i.e. have graduated from University within the last two years), with either Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or PhD.

Each project will have specific requirements, particularly with regards to technical skills but what KEEP+ is looking for is an Associate who is ambitious and driven, prepared to take ownership of the project and to drive it forward to deliver commercial out outcomes.

How much will I be paid?

The basic salary for a KEEP+ Associate is between £20,000 and £30,000 and is dependent on qualifications and experience. Those with higher degrees such as Master’s and PhD will generally be offered a higher rate. Don’t forget that each project includes a training budget of up to £5,000 making it an additional benefit included in the package.

How long do the projects last for?

Most projects run for a duration of 12 months. As you will be employed by our University, you will be employed on a fixed-term contract for the duration of the project.

What happens at the end of the project?

Many KEEP+ Associates make themselves an integral part of the company through their project and our company partners are always looking to retain valuable members of staff.

Is there support for the Associate during the project?

The Associate will have support from two supervisors; one within the business (Company Supervisor) and one from the Lead Academic from our University Although the Associate is expected to take ownership of the project and to drive the project forward the two supervisors will be available to support and guide. Weekly and monthly meetings take place between the Associate and the Supervisors. In addition, the Knowledge Transfer Partnership team within the University will also be able to support and advice on project finance and administration.

How do I apply to become a KEEP+ Associate?

Opportunities for current KEEP+'s managed by our University will be available here in due course.

To register your interest and find out more about applying to be a KEEP+ Associate, contact:
Business Administration Manager (Tammy Au) +44 (0)1223 695057;

To register your interest and find out more about applying to be an Innovation Intern, email our Business Services Team.