Innovative Placements Scheme

Postgraduate research projects

Masters R&D Studentship award includes £3,000 Scholarship grant + £2,000 project budget

Our iMayflower Masters R&D Studentship Scheme pairs talented new postgraduate design, art, heritage, digital and built environment students with innovative local companies to tackle a research project that contributes to the development of a new product, service or experience.

The following projects are accepting applications until 30th July 2021:

  • J-Supplied Ltd are seeking a new postgraduate student with an interest in working at the intersections of digital design, robotics/computing and digital fabrication (3D printing) technology, to collaborate on the development of computing strategies for the creation of multi-robot 3D printing systems through intelligent and real-time multi-robot communication and digital twins. Considering applications from new entrants to MSc Integrated Design Innovation only.
    Apply for J-Supplied Multi-robot 3D Printing of Large Artefacts

For further information, or to discuss any of the above projects, contact Sarah Holcombe, iMayflower Knowledge Exchange Specialist, at


Virtual Internship Scheme

Designed in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the iMayflower Virtual Internship Scheme offers a new and relevant platform through which our students and graduates can demonstrate and develop their capabilities.

The scheme was designed to deliver mutual benefits in the face of uniquely challenging circumstances – providing much needed additional capacity to businesses, delivering an unprecedented learning experience for our students and graduates and, through the wider iMayflower and Engaging Students in Knowledge Exchange projects, bringing external perspectives and experiences of the pandemic back into the University.

Over the past 12 months, businesses with a clear idea of what might help them to move forward in the COVID-19 era, but who lacked the in-house resources to make it happen, have been busy applying for interns and we have so far delivered over 100 projects.

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 you need it.

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

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.