Network Rail MSc

23 February 2010 - 4:38pm

Has anyone else recieved an email saying they have been shortlisted for the MSc scheme assessment centre with network rail? Seems odd to have no interview or numerical reasoning tests before getting to this point.

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  • 21 July 2010 - 11:09am
    • ScottishPaul

    hi tom did they email you with details on the day. Just trying to see how much time off my work i would need

  • 21 July 2010 - 10:46am
    • tom417

    I will be there Paul!

  • 21 July 2010 - 8:54am
    • ScottishPaul

    who's going on the 5th. I can't make it. Can't get time off work.

  • 21 July 2010 - 12:01am
    • biffbox360

    I've just got the contract through. I asked to get it electronically so I assume posted versions will be on their way if others haven't received everything.

    Hopefully I'll see you all on 5th August if I can get back to the UK by then!

  • 17 July 2010 - 11:16am
    • SKR


    Just recieved a UCL Graduate Application Pack which I have to submit to the UCL Faculty Officer. Apparently we have to get 2 academic referees to complete reference forms and send it with a degree transcript. I won't be able to do any of that though until late August when my refereees come back from holiday and I get some time off...

    Has anyone else been sent this, and in similar difficulties?


  • 17 July 2010 - 1:29am
    • kspence

    Groovy Chick, nice one on at least getting some sort of response from NR even if it's not all that helpful... he he.

    When I spoke to the interviewer at UCL, he said that the course started n the 27th. I think it begins with a sort of induction/ welcome to the course and UCL if you like. I think that info about the course will come with the contract or at least won't be long after.

    I am keen to get there before this however at least to get to know Seven Sisters and scout out the surroundings... pubs etc!

    I'll keep you all posted on my contract situation. Let's all hope we all get them soon and we can put an end to all this waiting.

    Take it easy,


  • 17 July 2010 - 12:55am
    • GroovyChick

    hey guys, am in exactly the same boat still no contract i have emailed them today and they gave me this response :

    Thank you for your email.
    Please be advised that we have passed your query on to our contracts department. As soon as we have an update regarding your contract, we will be in touch.
    Kind regards,
    Network Rail Graduate Recruitment

    Does anyone know when the course at UCL actually starts has anyone been sent anythin directly from the university? thanks xx

  • 16 July 2010 - 8:59pm
    • SKR

    I'm still awaiting my contract too. You would have thought that they'd have this stage well-prepared with all the delays, but nothing's ever simple with NR!!!

    I'm choosing to stay in Halls with UCL, and i'll head over to London whenever the bursary kicks in and I can get things organised!
    I'd love to meet up with everyone on the course and touch face before lectures start, so hopefully i'll see you there soon Keiran and anyone else who is going to UCL :)

    Also Looking Forward,


  • 16 July 2010 - 8:22pm
    • ScottishPaul

    ye me too

  • 16 July 2010 - 7:58pm
    • biffbox360


    Yes, I'm still waiting for my contract so it's good to know I'm not the only one.

    At least it keeps the tension building. I'm sure the idea is that by the time you start you feel as though you've won the World Cup!


  • 16 July 2010 - 3:44pm
    • kspence

    Hey everyone, hope you are all well?

    I checked my mail box this morning and still no sign of the contract...Is everyone else in the same boat? I have decided to go into halls at UCL, who else is heading there? Any idea when you are heading to London? I intend to be there towards the 19th or so. In any case I'm looking forward to getting started now, it's been such a long process.

    Looking forward to meeting you all,


  • 13 July 2010 - 8:13pm
    • graduated

    Will I had the same convo today and yesterday I'll see you all there, anyone aware of the accomodation options at Warick ? or any other details?

  • 13 July 2010 - 3:35pm
    • vik

    good work will! i hope everyone else hears something soon! x

  • 13 July 2010 - 3:16pm
    • Will85

    Hey everyone,
    So NR called me today saying i didnt get the UCL postion, but offered me a place at Warwick instead. So for those still waiting, theres still hope!
    She said i should receive my contract within a week.
    So glad all the anxiety is over, really looking forward to starting the course and meeting you all!

  • 8 July 2010 - 6:13am
    • tom417

    I received same yesterday too!!!!

  • 7 July 2010 - 11:23pm
    • biffbox360

    JebG - Cheers for the reply!

    For those wondering about contracts I received the following today:

    "Further to our recent phone call about your offer on to our MSc Scheme, we would like to inform you that candidate contracts are currently being processed and you can expect to receive them in the post by Friday 16th July."

  • 7 July 2010 - 8:15pm
    • ScottishPaul

    Hey JebG, Was just wondering if you have all been given an idea of where you are going to be working once you finish. Also is it the same package as graduates who did not do the Msc as in 24k a year and 3k welcome bonus. PJ

  • 7 July 2010 - 11:51am
    • JebG

    Tom, Biffbox,

    There is a mix of accomodation this year, I am living on campus (Heronbank Halls - if you wish to look online) but some of my mates are off campus. Depending on what you want out of next year, there are arguments for living on and off campus. Personally, the campus accomodation is really nice and very convenient for lectures and uni facilties (sports/library/SU etc) however, can be a little isolated from the surrounding areas unless you have a car. The private accom again mixed but what a few guys this year did was a house share and that's worked out pretty well for them.

    At the start of the year I was probably most nervous about who i'd meet and if it's any reassurance the people selected last year are top notch. A real mix of backgrounds and ages but all good fun and relaxed.

    On the books: I wouldn't worry yourself too much with reading just yet - there's plenty to do next year :) You get reading lists at the start of each module in which books are rated for importance. For your PMA's you'll be using a mix of books and journals. The library is well stocked and has great e-links to material. If you really want one book then the only book i'd recommend is 'how to succeed in your masters dissertation' John Biggam - it was used by a number of last years cohert and has been used again this year.

  • 7 July 2010 - 2:52am
    • biffbox360


    Thanks for getting in touch and the reassurances. I have a few questions to fritter away your time on the thesis!

    - I'd like to live off campus. Are there any areas you wouldn't recommend living in Coventry? (I'm currently living overseas so wont get a chance to visit Warwick before I starting the course)

    - What do you wish you'd known when you started?

    - Are there any definitive books you recommend buying?

    Cheers & good luck with the dissertation!

  • 6 July 2010 - 8:45pm
    • tom417

    Hello JebG what is the accommodation like for the programme, is it student accommodation or is it private accommodation with double bed rooms?

  • 6 July 2010 - 8:12pm
    • graduated

    Guys thanks for the encouragement really grateful the wait is so frustrating

  • 6 July 2010 - 2:51pm
    • JebG

    Hi Guys,

    I am currently studying the NR MSc PPM at Warwick - procrastinating on my thesis as I post!!!

    I know how you all feel and remember the apprehension well :) but it's worth it in the end. Well done to all of you who have been accepted and to those who haven't, be patient - it'll come.

    If anybody has any questions about Warwick, what living here is like or what the MSc is like, please feel free to ask. Also, if anyone is keen on coming and having a look round let me know - I'm sure I can spare a few minutes away from the dissi for a "brew".

    Good Luck.

  • 6 July 2010 - 12:58pm
    • tom417

    Hello Graduated I understand the way you feel right now cos I also felt that way until I was called on Thursday and offered the job......just continue calling them and reminding them that you are waiting that is what I did and continue to hope and I guess it will be OK........

    SKR and Groovy Chick please let me know when you receive your contracts so that I can follow mine up!!!!

  • 5 July 2010 - 11:25pm
    • SKR

    I care Graduated but I don't know what to say, you're in an intolerable position and I can't for the life of me figure out why.

    Hey GroovyChick I was told I would recieve my contract today as well but didn't. Network Rail seem to be slow at absolutely everything so I wouldn't worry.

  • 5 July 2010 - 10:41pm
    • graduated

    Guys if anyone cares I phoned them today and they still havent made a decision four weeks on? maybe I'm on some kind of reserve list....

  • 5 July 2010 - 9:33pm
    • Redtie

    Sasha is that you?

  • 5 July 2010 - 9:19pm
    • GroovyChick

    hi guys, was just wondering if anyone who has recieved an offer has had their contract yet? i was told i should have mine by now was just wondering if anyone has recieved it and what it says. thanks xx

  • 5 July 2010 - 9:19pm
    • GroovyChick

    hi guys, was just wondering if anyone who has recieved an offer has had their contract yet? i was told i should have mine by now was just wondering if anyone has recieved it and what it says. thanks xx

  • 2 July 2010 - 7:12pm
    • graduated

    hmmmm Monday is 4 weeks from my int at UCL and still no word ! thats a long ten days ...........

  • 1 July 2010 - 8:48pm
    • tom417

    Hello everyone I finally got a call from Network rail today at 3:45 pm offering me a place on the MSC PM scheme at Warwick University...I guess they are taking their time and the remaining offers will come in for everyone not contacted soon. Please for those who have been offered a place could you please let me know when your contracts are sent to you so I can follow mine up!!! .....looking forward to meeting you all at Warwick in October.....Cheers!!!!

  • 1 July 2010 - 7:32pm
    • graduated

    Which probably means mines on its way. How did they word it and when was your int? sorry to hear that!

  • 1 July 2010 - 7:23pm
    • maps87

    I got a rejection email today, well that sucks :(

  • 1 July 2010 - 7:09pm
    • graduated

    maps I feel your pain I emailed them and after two days I got

    'Please be advised that we will be in touch as soon as possible with an update regarding your final interview for our MSc Programme.

    In the meantime, if you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us'

    What other queries could I possible have?, dont panick it may just be that theres something going on behind the scenes. Good luck either way pal !

  • 1 July 2010 - 10:36am
    • maps87

    I just gave them a call, and she said (after asking for my name) that they had no updates for me at the moment :( that can't be good news!

  • 29 June 2010 - 12:55pm
    • graduated

    Thanks hun, yeah its just so frustrating Im over in Greece at the moment ! Its just a bit like well why didnt who ever I spoke to ask for my surname? x

  • 29 June 2010 - 12:42pm
    • GroovyChick

    hi graduated, I called that exact same number yesterday morning they asked for my surname and offered me a place so you definetly have got the right number. I was not transfered to anyone I literally spoke to one erson and she told me right there and then, from what i could hear it sounded like she was typing into a computer to check my position as it were. I hope this may help you a little i know how stressed you must be.

  • 29 June 2010 - 12:05pm
    • graduated

    I called them at about 11, didnt even mention my name and they said they had no further information did you guys call 0845 6014228? Do you reckon there different offices that certain people are getting through to or anything like, meaning should I call again and hope someone more helpful answers?

  • 28 June 2010 - 10:48pm
    • tom417

    Congrats Paul and everyone who has been offered a place, I called them and was told I they had no updates for me, but said they are in the process of contacting a number of candidates and would get back to me soon. I just hope some good news comes through soon as the Warwick interviewers were very positive about taking me on so I am really amused about the whole delay. well I guess I just have to wait....all d best to all.

  • 28 June 2010 - 10:25pm
    • ScottishPaul

    called them back today, got an offer going to Warwick,

  • 28 June 2010 - 9:33pm
    • SKR

    I phoned at 09:04 today and I was offered a place. My interview was at UCL Wates House on thee 28/05/2010, and my assessment centre was the first week although I was a late substitution in the second.week. I hope that helps anyone analysing things, athough I am sure they are just getting around to everyone.

    Bear in mind though, and it says this on your renumeration cheques for travel expenses, that the Graduate Recrutiment team work for Network Rail, but are not PART of Network Rail.
    They are a third party outsourced company called GradWeb Inc. So they are totally in the dark, and get information ridiculously slowly.

  • 28 June 2010 - 4:45pm
    • graduated

    I think Vik was at UCL Wates house. I cant see what the hold up can be? NR were happy with us at the assesment. We were lead to believe the uni interviews were more of a formality and that was certainly reflected largely in mine. Theres no way a simple yes or no takes three weeks is there?

    They told me a week prior to who SKR that theyd completed all their interviews and if you call the 0845 number youd be pushed to speak to anyone with a brain cell !

  • 28 June 2010 - 3:24pm
    • maps87

    Yeah I went for the UCL one, in torrington place. I know someone who went for UCL and heard on friday, though he had his interview quite a while before mine! Who knows how it works!

  • 28 June 2010 - 2:44pm
    • Chuck Norris


  • 28 June 2010 - 2:42pm
    • Chuck Norris

    Yeah but you went for UCL right? I heard their interview was really hard. Has anyone actually heard back about a place at UCL? Or have they only told the Warwick people?

  • 28 June 2010 - 2:16pm
    • Will85


    I called them today to ask for an update and they said they are still in the decision making process. But considering people have been made offers, im not sure how much i believe that.
    She also said it could still take another 2 weeks but hinted it should be sooner. Overall they were very uninformative.

  • 28 June 2010 - 2:21pm
    • maps87

    what? that's crazy! All I remember is the interviewer telling me that his last interview was June 16th, so I should hear end of June... I am slightly worried because I don't think my interview went THAT well... I just wish they'd say something now, at least a rejection :( aaahhh haha

  • 28 June 2010 - 2:06pm
    • maps87

    I want to know nooow :( has anyone received any calls today?? and do u think if we had been rejected they would've let us know by now? This is so annoying!

  • 28 June 2010 - 1:44pm
    • ser89

    I haven't heard yet, starting to get really worried!

  • 28 June 2010 - 1:18pm
    • Chuck Norris

    Hey, got offered my place today as I missed the call on Friday. The university interviewer had already told me I had the place 10 minutes into the interview though so that spoiled the suspense! Who else is going to Warwick? Everybody heard back yet?

  • 26 June 2010 - 1:46pm
    • graduated

    Well done all, I've not heard yet but I would think everyone who was successful would be informed on the same day. Best of luck for the future !