Innovative Placements Scheme
As part of the University of Plymouth’s commitment to enhancing the productivity of the regional Creative Economy and supporting businesses through the economic recovery period, we are piloting an innovative new scheme to pair local businesses with talented postgraduate students in order to undertake a defined project or R&D challenge.

This activity is part of the iMayflower project and has been supported by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who fund the Cultural Development Fund, which is administered by Arts Council England.

For more information, contact: 
Sarah Holcombe, iMayflower Knowledge Exchange Specialist


Call for Project Proposals – Masters R&D Studentship October 2021

We are now seeking Project Proposals from industry partners with an idea for a new product, service or experience, that would benefit from the injection of talent, skillsets and ideas that comes from collaborating with an early career researcher.

The next round of Masters R&D Studentships will commence in October 2021, pairing highly skilled postgraduate students from across our Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business with local businesses. Projects should focus on a defined R&D challenge, demonstrating strong alignment with the scheme criteria.

Places are extremely limited. The closing date for Business Project Proposals is 29 March 2021.

Benefits for the business:

  • The opportunity to add a Masters student to your team to stimulate innovation and move your project forward
  • A stipend of up to £2000 towards agreed costs for materials, travel and accommodation directly associated with the project
  • Access and use of the Faculty’s R&D facilities including the new Digital Fabrication Laboratory, Immersive Media Lab and Immersive Visualisation Theatre

To find out more, contact

Virtual Internship Scheme

Due to phenomenal demand, our funded Virtual Internships are currently not accepting new project proposals.

However, the scheme can still support you to connect with students and recent graduates to work on short-term creative projects to benefit your business, giving you access to additional short-term capacity when needed.

If you are in the position to self-fund an intern, and would like to discuss the best way to move your project forward please email