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QInsight: Civil Service Fast Stream

Information sessions, interactive workshops and mock assessments led by the Civil Service.

QInsight is a Careers & Enterprise scheme that partners with a prestigious graduate recruiter to develop a series of sessions that allow you to increase your commercial awareness of the host organisation, get tips and practice their rigorous graduate recruitment processes and network with both recent graduates and senior members of staff. The over-arching goal of QInsight is to increase your success in graduate application processes, whatever the role and sector. QInsight is a QMUL Model Extra opportunity. We are pleased to confirm that the Civil Service will be hosting QInsight again in 2018-19.

QInsight: Civil Service Fast Stream

This is your opportunity to develop a deep insight into the Civil Service, its culture, its diversity internship programmes, career paths and its application and recruitment methods. You will attend information sessions, interactive workshops and mock assessments led by the Civil Service as well as visit their offices, where networking is facilitated. Students who complete the scheme will increase their knowledge of the Civil Service and experience of common graduate selection methods, professional networking and commercial awareness.

What have past student participants said?

“The highlight was the trips to places as it makes it more interesting and realistic as you can imagine the setting and types of people you'd meet. Meeting the actual people from the civil service and asking for their honest insight into the roles ahead.” – QInsight: Civil Service Fast Stream participant

“The module was very well run and the opportunity to listen to speakers who are currently working within the Civil Service was very interesting. There was a good amount of feedback given and the presentations were very clear.” – QInsight: Civil Service Fast Stream participant

“The breakdown of the assessment centre helped me become more confident to attend assessment centres now.” – QInsight: Civil Service Fast Stream participant

What is the commitment?

QInsight will take place on Wednesday afternoons and the scheme is a semester long. When applying you can let us know whether you prefer to participate in Semester A or Semester B of 2018-19.

How will QInsight benefit me?

You will increase your commercial awareness of the Civil Service and your knowledge and experience of its rigorous graduate recruitment methods. You’ll also get the chance to network with both senior Civil Servants as well as current Fast Streamers.

QInsight is a QMUL Model Extra opportunity- and successful completion of QInsight will appear on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Record). You’ll benefit from face-to-face coaching from professional experts who will help you apply what you’ve learnt so that you can get ahead. The QMUL Model Extra opportunities are also mapped to QMUL Model themes so you can be confident that they’ve been designed and structured to complement the development of your professional skills.

How can I apply?

QInsight is open to Queen Mary second and third year undergraduates from all academic schools. We welcome applications from international students for the QInsight programme. However we feel it is our duty to advise you that if you decided to apply for the Civil Service Fast Stream you would need to secure right to live and work in the UK to be eligible. Full details are provided on each of the individual scheme pages on the Fast Stream website

Complete the online application formApplications for Semester A close at 10am on Monday 3rd September. Places on the scheme are limited!

Any questions?

If you have any questions please contact the QInsight team on

Placement: Voluntary Location: On campus / Off campus
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