Urvee gets a dose of industry experience on prestigious placement

A second-year Mathematics student at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) is developing valuable skills during a prestigious placement at a world-renowned pharmaceutical company.


Urvee Karsanji is working as a Statistical Programming placement student at Boehringer Ingelheim, developing, manufacturing and marketing new human and veterinary medicines.

Her role involves working closely with a trial programmer to analyse clinical trials, as well as supporting research development through statistical programming.

The 21-year-old said: “I am enjoying my placement a lot and it has been a great experience, especially working as part of a team.

“I believe that this experience will benefit me greatly in several ways. Thanks to a placement year in industry, I now have a better idea of what I would like to do after graduating.

“I am much better equipped for the working world and lifestyle now. I have also developed many new skills and qualities, which I can implement in my studies when I return to university to complete my final year.”

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Urvee feels that her degree has played a vital role in helping her secure the placement due to the range of modules offered, which includes a comprehensive programming aspect. 

The course teaches the practical side of maths, which is applicable when working in the industry, as well as the theoretical approach behind it.

Urvee, who is a Brand Ambassador for her course as well as a Student Ambassador for the university, said: “I particularly enjoyed the programming aspect of my course, as not many universities offer it in their degree programmes.

“Another module I enjoyed was Education for Maths, which I completed during my second year. It gave me the opportunity to visit Beaumont Leys Secondary School and help GCSE Maths students prepare for their final exams last summer.”

Urvee also credits DMU’s Faculty of Technology Placements Team for her success, as they organised several CV and cover letter workshops, drop-in sessions and mock interviews to help with assessment days.

After graduating next summer Urvee hopes to pursue a career in statistics, saying: “DMU has really enlightened me about the range of careers and prospects there are in this field and I feel like there are endless opportunities.”

Posted on Thursday 13th April 2017

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