International Women in Engineering Day

International Women in Engineering Day

In celebration for International Women in Engineering Day, we want to share the opportunities that Staffordshire University pioneers towards women in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), whilst celebrating the achievements already made by women! 

Staffordshire University works closely with Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire businesses to provide 12-week SAMPID placements for all students wishing to build their careers in STEM.

SAMPID is a fully funded project by the university to pave the way for women to get into STEM jobs. You may have heard of SAMPID through our previous blog “Placement Opportunities” or Unitemps Staffordshire’s job opportunities. 

If you haven’t, that’s okay! Read on to find out how Unitemps and Staffordshire University are working together to break social barriers within STEM and to find out how you can get involved.


What is SAMPID? 

SAMPID stands for Staffordshire Advanced Manufacturing, Prototyping, Innovation Demonstrator. It is a program run by Staffordshire University, which brings together the expertise of local small businesses with our students/graduates and academics to develop new to the market products or components utilising cutting edge equipment.

Some examples of industries that students can get experience of through the programme include:

  • Aero-auto
  • Energy
  • Agri-tech
  • Medical Technology
  • Applied materials
  • Transport
  • Food and drink

For more details on SAMPID simply click HERE.

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What opportunities does SAMPID provide for students? 

For students, SAMPID is an amazing opportunity to get real life experience working in a STEM role.

By getting involved in a project, you will gain technical skills, experience using specialist equipment such as robotic arms and 3D printers and develop networks with local businesses, all of which can only help you to stand out from the crowd when applying for future positions.

The SAMPID programme is dedicated to ensuring you finish the placement feeling better prepared and qualified for your career ahead.


Celebrating the Women in STEM

Staffordshire University currently has the following amazing women working on SAMPID projects: 

  1. Shruti Chakraborty working with Promtek studying an MSC in Robotics and Smart Technologies.
Watch this short video to find out what Shruti thinks are the main benefits of taking part in a SAMPID placement.

2)  Hajar Nour working with The Efficiency Group Ltd studying a MSc Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Energy Technologies:

“What made me choose engineering was first, because it is a creative career. Also, my passion for problem solving, maths, physics, exploring and creating at the same time is fascinating.”

3) Emily Pugh working with Funky Frames studying BA (Hons) Industrial Design (Product Design Pathway): 

“I chose to do Industrial Design as I wanted to learn about product design but on a bigger scale. I wanted to learn more about the business side of Product design, alongside the designing aspect. I believe this is what will help me in the real world of manufacturing.”

4) Emma Hearn working with Crib Gogh studying a BA (Hons) Fashion Design 


How to get involved in SAMPID

The project was launched in 2020 and is growing exponentially at an increasing rate. So far:

  • 18 projects have been approved
  • 9 projects are live
  • 1 is currently being advertised: Visit HERE:
  • 50 projects by 2023
  • More projects are yet to come!

Want to get involved in SAMPID? We have a live role here:

Prototyping and Innovation Consultant with Hayle Communications


To find out about upcoming SAMPID opportunities, register with us on www.Unitemps.com where you will regularly see placements being posted or email our team at unitemps@staffs.ac.uk to arrange a call with one of our team.

(Staffordshire University SAMPID is fully funded by Staffordshire University and the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 and offered completely free of charge to each participating business).

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