AberForward+ is an exciting new initiative designed to provide postgraduate research students with the opportunity to meet and work with local employers.

The scheme aims to enable students to broaden their skill-set, and particularly develop transferable, non-academic skills, whilst benefitting the employer by bringing their expertise, intellect and innovation to the workplace.

A pilot AberForward+ scheme will start later this term.

The Basics

Duration Each opportunity will last no more than 72 hours, ideally worked 6 hours per week for 12 weeks, but other work patterns and less hours can be negotiated. 

You would not always need to be based at the employer premises, but this is preferable to remote working in order to provide experience of being part of a team and of working in a commercial environment.

Nature of Work

The work experience should focus on completion of a project of benefit to the employer and preferably include elements of: project management; problem analysis and solving; organisation and planning; team work and communication with others.

The project does not need to relate to subject specific study or research – instead the opportunity for you to apply skills developed during your postgraduate studies in a non-academic work context is the main objective.


We will negotiate with the employer to pay you £10 per hour through the business’ payroll. Income Tax and National Insurance may be deducted depending on your individual circumstances.

How do I apply?

For most opportunities it is expected that the application method will be to provide a CV and covering letter but some employers may have a standard company application form they may wish to be used instead. Once the closing date for a particular opportunity has passed, the employer will shortlist and hold interviews.


If you would like to register your interest in taking part in this pilot scheme, please complete the form below. We will then contact you with more information as the Scheme develops and individual opportunities become available.

Alternatively, if you negotiate a similar opportunity with an employer yourself and would like to find out if it could be set up as part of the AberForward+ scheme, please email the details to aberforward@aber.ac.uk.