Student Innovation Project Assistant 6661



University of Leicester


2 - 4 Weeks

Up to 15 hours per week

Business Dress





Would you like to further develop and use your scientific and analytical skills to work on innovative business projects that bring products, services and processes to life? Then this is the perfect opportunity – where you gain valuable technical and industry skills, hands-on real world business experience related to your degree and even better you get paid.

University of Leicester is delighted to announce fully funded positions aiming professional level work experience with organisations. The role will provide an exciting and valuable opportunity to Post Graduate Researchers (PGRs) and Post Graduate Taught (PGT) students looking for industrial experience alongside with their degree. As an LIA Innovation Project Assistant based in the Leicester Innovation Hub (LIH), you will work on specific project scoped by the business and LIH and the role will be to work with the business and be supported by the Innovation Fellow and/or Academic Lead dependent on the requirements of the project work plan. The role will be to develop and carry out independent research working on solving business problem/challenge that supports the development of an innovative product, service and process within a business making improvements to the business and/closer to the market place.

The role is funded by the Leicester Innovation Accelerator (part-funded European Regional Development Fund) based in the Innovation Hub This provides you with the opportunity to work together with a business being supported by an Innovation Fellow and/or a Lead Academic and chance to be amongst a business-focussed environment.

This part-time role will be working as part of the Division of Research and Enterprise, and Leicester Innovation (LIH) Team based in the Innovation Hub, you will provide the resources to deliver an innovation project that, will be related to your academic/work experience and will have a specific work plan outline on the objectives and the deliverables. These roles are to enable Post Graduate Researchers (PGRs) and Post Graduate Taught student (PGT) student the opportunity to work on an innovation project that is discipline related to widen their experience working with industry. The role will be to working on an innovation project that enables a business to progress on their journey of development in getting a product, service or process that is new to the firm or out in the market. To note that you will be working as part of team and a short project that will be supported by either an Academic Lead a member of the Innovation Hub Team.

Leicester Innovation Accelerator (LIA) is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund

Working hours: Up to 15 hours per week, and up to 20 working days over a period of 3-4 weeks

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Duties and responsibilities
1284 is a Loughborough-based agency working with innovative people and organisations on their communication strategy, public and media relations, corporate communication and stakeholder engagement. They have a wide network across multiple sectors and communities in Leicestershire and the wider East Midlands. Their work with the media stretches across the UK. Their clients range from social enterprise, tech start-ups and founder-led SMEs through to public organisations. 1284 Ltd provides services to charities (accounting, management, etc) and needs to improve how they market these services to potential clients.

In collaboration with the University of Leicester, 1284 is currently developing a piece of computer software (dashboard) which accesses publicly available charity commission data with the aim of collection of discovering new clients; and presents a dashboard of marketing opportunities filtered by charity location, sector, size, financial activity etc. The key objectives of this project include deployment of the application, end-user testing and collecting requirements of the next iteration of development, in a follow-up project.

Skills and experience
As the ideal applicant, you will have a qualification in a STEM subject as detailed in qualifications and skills and previous experience of MS Office programming. You will be able to demonstrate the communication and interpersonal skills needed to work with a diverse range of stakeholders.

Essential Requirements
• Web and data base development, both backend and frontend , in particular ASP.Net MVC, Mongo DB and REST APIs
• Understand and analyse problems and design solutions autonomously
• Excellent communication skills

Desirable Requirements
• UI design and evaluation
• Data base design
• Business domain (charities, marketing)

University of Leicester Innovation Hub. This role will operate in a hybrid environment, to be able to respond to the current Covid requirements and restrictions, In line with Government and University of Leicester guidance.

This role will be particularly beneficial if you are looking to develop the following transferable skills:

• Communication
• Teamwork
• Planning and Organisation
• Learning, Improving and Achieving

Further information on transferable skills can be found HERE

Why not get the most from this experience, take charge of your development and enhance the skills and insight you need for personal and career success by joining the ‘Get Started’ pathway HERE!

Additional information
How to apply: Please ensure you apply with a tailored covering letter and CV indicating why you consider yourself suitable for the role.

Closing date for applications: 4th December at midnight

Informal enquiries are welcome, and should be made to Dr Neslihan Suzen at

Due to the volumes of applications we receive, any indicated closing date is subject to change at the hiring manager’s discretion. Please ensure if you are interested in a position, you apply at the earliest available opportunity.

If you have not been contacted within 2 weeks of the indicated closing date, unfortunately your application has not been successful in this instance.

If you are looking for support with your application, including how to write a CV or Cover Letter, please visit the University of Leicester Career Development Service webpages HERE. We would encourage you to attend an application coaching appointment, and these can be booked via MyCareers, or in person in the Student and Library Information Services Centre.

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