Transform Case Studies: Unlocked

Written by Ellen, Youth Prison Officer with Unlocked Graduates, Law LLB (2018)

Since leaving Bristol…

I applied for Unlocked Graduates in my third year of University. At this point, though I had loved studying law, I knew I did not want to practice. I wanted to work directly with those affected by the criminal justice system and to change society for the better, still using my knowledge but via alternate means. I discovered the Unlocked Graduate Scheme in a careers email sent by the Law Department and was immediately interested given the scheme’s focus upon fostering social change within prisons in order to limit reoffending. I applied, thinking that I probably wouldn’t even get an interview and was surprised when I was contacted a few weeks after submitting my application to attend an assessment day.

From then onwards, I completed the recruitment process and was lucky enough to be placed within a Young Offenders Institution, working with incarcerated 15-18 year olds. (more…)

University of Bristol students reach Keyloop’s 2022 Dealer Tech Competition Semi-Final!

 

University of Bristol students, Kareem Doomun and Isfaaq Jadhakhan, beat out over 1000 competitors from leading universities across the UK, Ireland and Canada to reach the semi-finals of the Keyloop Dealer Tech Competition. The Engineering Design with Study in Industry (MEng) students formed the team EDes and won £1000. Their innovative idea to use incorporate devices such as cameras and wearable VR to measure and recall an immersive test drive experience thereby supporting the car buying decision.

The Dealer Tech competition is in its second year of running and is designed to encourage new talent in technology to network with industry professionals, team up with friends and develop their product ideas. We spoke to Kareem and Isfaaq about their experience.


Explain your competition entry in a sentence.

A system to integrate more emotions in the car buying process and gathering accurate customer data for dealerships.

How did you come up with your idea?

We were inspired by our AI unit this year and followed a systematic design process to develop our solution.

What advice would you give to other students pitching ideas in competitions?

Just do it. you need to believe in your ideas and make sure to explore it and do some proper market research to back your points. The university offers a lot of support in terms of online courses and prototyping to support your development and allows you to gain new skills. Pitching Ideas can be intimidating but the more you do it, the more you develop many beneficial soft and transferable skills that are extremely valuable in industry.

What’s next for you?

We plan to complete our Masters and apply all the experience gained from this competition in our studies. We plan to try to participate as many other competitions as possible.

Have you ever used the University’s Careers Service?

We have attended talks by a Careers Service representative.


We are so inspired EDes’ success. Not only did they use their knowledge to develop fresh tech-focused product ideas, but they also gave professional presentations to a panel of expert judges at Keyloop. Both the achievement and the experience will give our competitors an edge as they kick off their careers in the industry and look to impress employers.

As Keyloop CEO Tom Kilroy relates:

‘In 2022 the competition equipped all our entries with new skills and experiences to help them succeed in the competitive graduate employment space.’

Congratulations, Isfaaq and Kareem!

PEEQUAL: The 2021 New Enterprise Competition winners- Growth Stage

PEEQUAL co-founders presenting at an event

It has almost been an entire year since Amber Probyn and Hazel McShane, the co-founders of PEEQUAL, won the New Enterprise Competition (NEC) – Growth Stage. We were keen to catch-up with them, to hear all about their success since winning £15,000 in last year’s NEC competition. 

 

Can you summarise what PEEQUAL is? 

PEEQUAL is the UK’s first free-standing women’s urinal, making it quick, safe, and sustainable for women to pee at events.   

Why did you choose to apply for the NEC last year? 

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What is the Foundership Scheme and why should you apply?

Our summer enterprise programme, The Foundership Scheme is back for a second year, running from 8 June to 6 July.

Maybe you have been tempted to apply but are unsure whether it is suitable for you, or you are not sure if your start-up is ready for this next step? Here are all the things you need to know to work out if the scheme is right for you.

1. It’s funded!

You no longer need to choose between having a summer job or working on your start-up. We will fund £1000 each, for up to two co-founders, to successfully complete the scheme. You can use the money to put towards anything that will support your business idea.

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Young Goat: The New Enterprise Competition – Growth stage alumni

GrowthThe Growth stage of the New Enterprise Competition (NEC) is now open for applications. This stage offers up to £20,000 of funding and pro-bon support to help launch, advance, and grow your start-up to realise its full potential. The competition is open to final year students and recent graduates.

We had a catch-up with Young Goat, the 2021 People’s Choice Award winners, to see what they had been up to since winning £2,000 in last year’s competition. (more…)