CDT Placements

Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training placements

Between the summer of year 1 and the end of year 3, all CDT students undertake a placement with their external partner, or another relevant organisation where this is mutually agreed.  Ideally the placement should take sooner rather than later to maximise the benefits.

The placement does not necessarily relate to the PhD research directly and can be defined by the partner – but it should contribute to developing the student’s skills, their knowledge of the partner/sector in the area of personal data, and – where appropriate – benefit their PhD research.

Historically, the format for a placement is a full time 3 month block placement away from the University.  However, there is flexibility around the timing, duration, location and content of the placement according to the needs of each individual student and the partner. For example:

  • Remote placements (not ideal, but was very much the case during the Covid pandemic)
  • Placements split into two or more segments
  • Part time placements

The CDT provides funding for travel and accommodation during the placement where this is required, and the student continues to receive their stipend during the placement.

The student will contact the partner prior to the placement to confirm the work to be undertaken and practical matters like access to resources, health and safety induction etc.

Horizon CDT placement case studies


Horizon CDT placements

As part of their programme, Horizon CDT students have benefited from a three-month placement with their collaborating Horizon CDT industry partner.  The following partner and collaborating organisations have hosted our PhD students for placements:

    • BBC Research & Development
    • Blast Theory
    • BlueSkeye AI, UK
    • Boots
    • Cambridge University Press
    • Campden BRI
    • Capital One
    • Connected Places Catapult
    • Derbyshire County Council
    • Digital Catapult Centre
    • East Midlands Special Operations Unit
    • Intelligent Plant
    • Kooth
    • Locision Technology Limited (Hong Kong)
    • Merck Sharpe and Dohme – MSD (Prague)
    • National Videogame Arcade
    • Nottinghamshire County Council – Public Health
    • OLIO
    • Ordnance Survey
    • Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB)
    • Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB)
    • Satelite Applications Catapult
    • Thales Group
    • The People for Change Foundation (Malta)
    • Transport Systems Catapult
    • Unilever
    • University of Cambridge – Trustworthy Technologies SRI
    • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (United States)

Horizon DTC placements [internships]

Doctoral students who commenced their PhD within Horizon between 2009 and 2013 carried out their three month placement [internship] within mutually agreed organisations of high relevance and value to their research. Example hosts include:

    • BBC
    • Blast Theory
    • City Arts Nottingham
    • Experian
    • Footfalls and Heartbeats
    • Horizon Digital Economy Research – The University of Nottingham
    • International Institute of Information Technology – Bangalore
    • Meiji University (Japan)
    • Microsoft Research
    • Network Rail
    • Not on the High Street
    • Orbit RRI
    • Ordnance Survey
    • Telefonica I&D
    • The British Library
    • The Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    • The Insight Lab
    • The World Bank
    • Transport Systems Catapult
    • University College London
    • University of East Anglia
    • University of Southern Denmark.