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Work Placement

Work experience is beneficial in allowing students to gain insight into the world of work, our particular industry, and helps them to make decisions about their future education and career choices. 

Our work placement programme is designed to provide students with an overview of the safety assessment of chemicals, and the drug development process in its early stages. Our programme allows students to spend time in a variety of scientific departments gaining valuable insight into our world of work thus helping students to make future career and education choices. 


Much of what we do is covered by external regulations and there are some tasks which the law dictates can only be carried once training and specific licences are in place.  Coupled with our obligations under health and safety, there are genuinely some areas where you will only be allowed to work shadow an activity.   Having said that, we organise the programme around a mix of presentations, work shadowing and hands-on work experience.  We hope that we have the balance right

Personal approach

During the placement students will spend time in departments such as formulation sciences, analytical chemistry, laboratory animal sciences, clinical pathology, bio-analytical, genetic toxicology, histology, toxicology, quality assurance and archives.

What will you learn? 

Apart from gaining an overview of how a chemical is tested for safety, you will see complex equipment in use and will be asked to work to a very high level of detail.  Our work covers a range of chemistry and biology disciplines, so you will see science in practical and everyday use.  Obviously, you will also learn a lot about health and safety in the workplace, including how to use personal protective equipment properly, how to handle chemicals and how to lift safely.  We will look at the ethical issues we need to take into consideration when using animals in medical research.


We have a history of providing work experience to students and receive positive feedback from both students and educational establishments.

“I’d just like to say what a great time I had, and how insightful I found the whole experience. It was fascinating to see the concepts we learn about in class put to real use.”

Jennifer, work experience student

“I thoroughly enjoyed my week at Sequani. It gave me valuable insight into the work that is carried out there. It will also be very useful in my forthcoming applications to university.”

Dan, work experience student

The Application Process

We are only able to accommodate one work placement person at a time.  We get numerous requests, so expressing interest early is desirable.  We ask you to complete an application form and ask you to write a supporting statement telling us what you would like to get out of the work placement and why you are interested in our work.  Please note we only take students from within approximately 30 miles of our site and you must be over 16 years of age to apply.

To apply for our programme or for more information please email human.resources@sequani.com

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