Hundreds of internships for Hull students to work at high-tech businesses have been created.

It comes after almost half a million pounds of funding was secured by the University of Hull.

The money, which is part of a £5.6m funding pot from the Office for Students, will also help high-tech firms access a new pool of talent across East Yorkshire.

The University of Hull’s Department of Physics is leading the universities of Leeds, Nottingham, Sheffield and York under the White Rose Industrial Physics Academy to create hundreds of opportunities for physics students over the next three years.

“This not only delivers some fantastic experiences for our students and allows them to get incredible work-based learning experience, it also gives businesses access to a wide range of talented young physicists who could deliver fresh ideas and thinking,” said Dr Mossy Kelly, academic lead for the project at the University of Hull.

“The funding will remove barriers to work-based learning for students by covering travel and subsistence costs and we are calling on high tech businesses, particularly SMEs across the Yorkshire, Humberside, and East Midlands region to get involved.

“We’re happy to discuss the wide range of benefits and possibilities this could bring and then link them up with a physics student that can support what they are trying to achieve.”

The funding will create a total of 300 internship and work experience opportunities for students.