Oil business builds ties with university students

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 29 Sep 2017

A HULL-based fuel oil manufacturer has seen development following a growing relationship with the University of Hull. 

More than half of the staff at the manufacturer and waste oil recovery specialist RE:Group’s laboratory have come from the university’s chemistry department boosting research for the Air Street-based company.  

The firm has gone from strength-to- strength in recent years and now has a total of 50 staff at two Hull sites on Bankside. 

The laboratory is run by production director Robert Booth, who is a Hull graduate, and has helped to steer this strong relationship between the two organisations. 

Mr Booth said that the link with the University of Hull was proving crucial in the search for young talent.

He said: “There has been plenty of interest from the chemistry department in sending students here and we have been very impressed with the high standard of candidates.

“They bring energy and new ideas and, in turn, we give them experience of a practical working environment and the chance to show what they can do in terms of research and development. 

“We have taken a single student on placement for the last four years and, now, we are happy to go up to two because we are confident we can oversee their development so they can make a real contribution. Our business is growing and they can help us to take it forward.” 

Talent developed at the improving university includes Jacob Warde-Pike, of North Wales, who has taken up a full-time post after graduating, having previously been at RE:Group in 2015-16 on a year’s paid placement. 

Mr Warde-Pike said: “I was given the chance during my placement to develop my own ideas and take them to full plant trials. That’s something I really appreciate. 

“I’m happy to be back and also to have the chance to stay in Hull, which has always impressed me since the first time I came to the city.”

Ashley Cramer-Smith, of Cheshire and Hannah Marsden, of Kent, have started third-year placements as part of their four-year degree courses.

And Raimonda Globyte, from Lithuania, who has lived in the UK since 2010, is working part-time after finishing her placement.

The laboratory offers in-house analytical services alongside research and development facilities to continue work in advancing fuel products.

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