Nova Green – Student Placements through Transnational Partnerships

Nova Green 

Who was involved?
A UK – French Exchange

A student from Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC), Lancaster University carried out their placement in collaboration with a French Company Nova Green. Business development managers (BDM) in LEC and Paris Region Enterprises, introduced Jennifer Hughes from Lancaster University to Nova Green. The BDM’s helped develop the initial scope of the project and supported Jennifer during her collaboration with Nova Green.

Who are Nova Green?
What did the Student do?


Nova Green is a not for profit organisation launched by the Department of Essonne in the Île-de-France region. Nova Green promotes innovative projects for sustainable development including carrying out strategic work on recycling waste into reusable materials. Their goal is to try to answer global problems with local solutions. Jennifer’s project looked at the monitoring and treatment of hospital and pharmaceutical manufacturing waste water in the UK. Jennifer initially visited Nova Green HQ in Paris to find out more about the company and to define the project objectives in more detail. The key areas Jennifer focussed on were EU and UK legislation around waste water from hospitals & pharmaceutical companies, investigating the UK market and examining the technical status of UK and French systems with regards waste water from hospitals.

Impact & Outcomes

After the initial visit to Paris, Jennifer worked remotely from the UK and collaborated with UK companies to compile and a report that summarised her key findings in addition to discussion of the effectiveness of previous work and highlighting potential areas for development in the UK and France. Having a UK based student undoubtedly provided benefits to the company in terms of gaining access to UK based resources and understanding the UK market for waste water treatment systems in hospitals and pharmaceutical companies. Jennifer also reflects on the benefits of her placement experience:

I had been applying for a lot of jobs, and something that kept cropping up was the need for ‘industry experience’ and this placement seemed like a great opportunity to get some real world experience, with a company who were working on something I was interested in. It was a great addition to my CV and has been a good conversation starter. It has also helped to boost my confidence in presenting too, especially to an audience I didn’t really know, which helped in my interview for my current role. The background knowledge I picked up during the work on pharmaceuticals in hospital waste waters definitely helps now, as I am the project manager for Thames Water’s Chemical Investigations Programme’.  I would definitely recommend this experience to others, real world experience is invaluable to anyone, and to get it in an area which I ended up developing an interest in and now have a role in research for, for the largest water company in the UK, is something I never even dreamed of when jumping on a plane at 6 in the morning to Paris!”– student Jennifer Hughes.

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