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Jackson-Grime-Davies Research Internship Programme

Not sure what you want to do after graduation? Interested in a career in research but not sure what it’s all about?

Exeter alumnus Dr. Mick Jackson (BSc Chemical Engineering 1979; PhD Chemical Engineering 1984) has established the Jackson-Grime-Davies Internship programme to give University of Exeter students the opportunity to gain a paid immersive research experience by designing and undertaking their own research project during their summer break.

The internships, named after Mick, his industrial mentor at ECLP Ltd (Barry Grime) and his supervisor (Tom Davies) from his time at Exeter, last for six weeks over the summer and aim to attract the most curious minded students to nurture their passion for research. The scheme is currently open to students in Natural Sciences, and Camborne School of Mines.

View our JGD Summer Internship 2022 presentation (March 2022).

Find out more about the Internship Programme

The Scheme

Internships are open to the following students in CEMPS:

  • Penryn Campus – 2nd & 3rd Year Geology & Engineering Geology Students
  • Streatham campus – 2nd and 3rd Year Natural Science Students (stage 2)

Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with an academic supervisor working in their field of interest. Working with the supervisor, they will submit an outline proposal for a 6 week programme of research. Successful candidates are selected on the basis of the quality of the proposal and personal interview. Students are supported during the internship and encouraged to make an informal presentation on their achievements and experiences at the end. A short written report is requested to be submitted by the end of the summer vacation. Students will be paid during the internship in line with the University’s Student Campus Partnership Scheme.

In the coming weeks a list of research staff that have kindly agreed to be project supervisors and make available facilities will be published via an advert on Handshake. Students can then approach an academic in a field of their interest to create a research proposal.

  • 24 March 2022, 7pm: Teams session to learn more about the scheme
  • W/C 28 March 2022: Full details of scheme available on Handshake (including list of academics), applications formally open
  • Friday 6 May 2022: Deadline for applications
  • W/C 16 May 2022: Interviews to take place virtually
  • June – August: Successful students undertake their internship for 6 weeks over the summer (dates can be flexible)

Please download an example proposal.

How to apply

Applications will open on Handshake during the week commencing 28 March 2022. The deadline for applications is Friday 6 May.

Academic contacts for more information:

Upcoming events

Thursday, 24 March at 7pm. Virtual session to learn more about the programme. All details and sign up available on Handshake.

Upcoming events

We will provide further information about upcoming events as soon as they're available.

Profile: Dr Mick Jackson

Mick graduated in Chemical Engineering from University of Exeter, BSc in 1979 and gained a PhD in 1984 whilst being sponsored by ECLP Ltd, St Austell and working as a Research Assistant at the University of Exeter.

He joined Shell International Ltd in 1983 as a trainee Petroleum Engineer and has spent 35 years in the oil and gas industry in a variety of technical, commercial and senior management roles in Europe, FSU, India and Indonesia. He worked for Shell companies in the Netherlands and UK as a petroleum engineer and Enterprise Oil plc as a petroleum economist. He made a significant contribution to the flotation of Ukraine focussed JKX Oil and Gas plc on the London stock market in 1995 and played a key role in the growth of Premier Oil plc between 1998 and 2013, during which time Premier grew from a small, UK focused independent company to a significant mid-cap in the international arena.

He currently runs his own consultancy, Risk-Aware Asset Management Ltd, providing asset & risk management services to a range of industries & organisations.

The Jackson-Grime-Davies Internship programme - Background

From the late 1970s through the 1980s in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Exeter, Professor Tom Davies pioneered collaboration with the Cornish mining company English China Clays Lovering Pochin & Co Ltd (ECLP Ltd) and established research programs together with the company’s Engineering Department led by company director Barry Grime. Research focussed on the physics of fluids (high pressure, large scale water jets) and materials science (flash calcination of china clay at high temperature) and the application of this science to engineer improvement in the efficiency of extraction & processing operations. A number of final year students made contributions to the programme via examined research projects similar to those undertaken by today’s Natural Sciences students. Several PhD projects were sponsored, the results of which contributed to improved equipment design and operational practices. Dr Mick Jackson was amongst the beneficiaries of the initiative, gaining a PhD in 1984.

In recognition of his good fortune in having two such able mentors early in his career, and with the objective of encouraging collaborative research, Mick has supported the scheme with ongoing donations, supplemented by Gift Aid and matched by the University of Exeter.

The internship has given me a sense of what it’s like to be a researcher. It’s exciting to be exploring something that nobody else has worked on before. It also showed me what it’s like to be a natural scientist: integrating the sciences to solve a problem. I was based in the Physics department and used Maths and Chemistry knowledge to synthesise brain models and Matlab for data analysis, all for a biological application. I now feel more confident going into the next stage of my degree and am looking forward to pursuing future opportunities for research and to develop as a natural scientist.

Alice –Natural Sciences Graduate 2020

My JGD internship has been crucial in helping me secure a PhD without a master's level qualification by providing me with further experience of independent and self-led research. The internship confirmed my commitment to pursuing a career in research and has given me the confidence to apply for a PhD.

Eira – Geology Graduate 2020