Becoming a Partner

Becoming a Partner

The NETP values all methods of industry engagement with academic courses, being a Partner can be much more than offering a placement! 

The process of becoming a Partner is as simple as stating to the NETP group that you’d like to support industry – academic engagement activities, following this we can arrange registration.  The registration process requires a company and individual profile, usually the key company contact, to be submitted for publication of the website. 

Engagement can involve, placements, industry talks as part of our Annual Seminars, guest lectures, offering industry visits, supporting the student interview process, sponsoring 3rd year projects or assisting our Formula Student Team, or simply your input at our meetings to ensure our courses are covering the material needed to produce the engineers of our future.  Overall we encourage a wide range of industry engagement activities and are always open to new ideas and opportunities.

Placements are one of the primary reasons why companies get involved with the NETP, often as part of a long-term recruitment process. Typically placements offered to the BSc students last six months and are four days per week, with students undertaking their second year studies on a day release basis, currently a Monday.  Placement 1 runs October to March and placement 2 from April to September.  BEng student placements are a year long and full-time.  Both placements are paid at the National Minimum Wage for age 21 and over as agreed by all Partners, terms and conditions however fall in line with that of your company.  In addition to these formal placements companies can also offer shorter-term placements, these are arranged on a one-one basis between the employer and student. 

The University NETP placement team supports all formal placements, further details of the member of this team are given below.  There is a dedicated administrator who looks after all the day-to-day activities required to monitor student progress.  Each company is assigned an Academic Placement Tutor.  These tutors undertake placement visits during which they meet with both student and employer to discuss progress and set actions.  There are approximately 2 placement visits per 6-month period. ,

A significant number of our students are now employed within our partner companies, thriving in these environments, providing fresh ideas and filling the gap for the need for ‘industry ready engineers’.

If you are interested and want to find out more please contact:

Further information:

You’ll find examples on our website of projects undertaken within our partner companies and case studies from students themselves.  Within the events tab you’ll see the types of events you can become involved in and our monthly newsletter gives details of any upcoming activities.

University of Northampton NETP Team:

Dan Bailey – Academic Lead – who is more than happy to answer any queries you have regarding the NETP and the courses attached to it.


Danielle Knights – Industry Engagement Co-ordinator – whose role is to bring in new businesses and help them benefit from the NETP’s pool of current students and industry ready engineers.


Corinne Eales – Placement Administrator – who looks after all our engineering students and ensures all paperwork and regulations are met and up to date.


Stephen Hillyard – Academic Student liaison – who makes sure the NETP and its activities are well advertised amongst our students and embedded in all relevant teaching sessions.


If you are unsure who to direct your correspondence to please email: quoting the NETP.