‘Eyes on the Seas’ Marketing Support (Ref 16/37)

Company: Satellite Applications Catapult, Ocean Sustainability Business Unit

Location: Harwell

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent innovation and technology company, created to foster growth across the economy through the exploitation of space. We help organisations make use of and benefit from satellite technologies, and bring together multi-disciplinary teams to generate ideas and solutions in an open innovation environment.

Based in Harwell, near Didcot, the Catapult was established in May 2013 by Innovate UK as one of a network of centres to accelerate the take-up of emerging technologies and drive economic growth. We are a not-for-profit research organisation which is registered as a private company limited by guarantee and controlled by its Board.

Project Background

The Ocean Sustainability Business Unit aims to be a non-profit social enterprise that improves ocean sustainability through actionable insight of global fishing activities – legal and illegal.

We provide an independent verification and validation of ‘at sea’ activities. Our aim is to shift the balance from illegal fishing in favour of the fisherman who play by the rules, which in turn facilitates the move to more sustainable behaviour. We provide a detailed understanding of all ocean-related activities by adopting a global view, fusing and analysing data at scale, and providing knowledge to help others understand global and local activities relating to the sea. Fusing multiple data sources including satellite data allows our computer-based analysis coupled with our specialist fisheries analysts to understand activities in and on the ocean in a timely and effective way.

As a result, ‘Eyes on the Seas’ is the only system which has been specifically designed to work at scale, understand large and varied global data sets relating to the ocean, and provide valuable insight to the user.

We can help companies take responsibility for both environmental sustainability and social aspects of their seafood supply chains. This can reduce the risk of negative attention as documented human rights abuses continue to grab headlines, and it also provides opportunities to improve brand value with consumers.

Project Description


We would like someone to support the development and roll out of a marketing strategy for this fledgling business unit which aims to become an independent business by the end of December 2016.

Student Specification:

  • Suggested degree programme – Marketing / Media Studies / PR
  • Key skills – Top level communicator, strategic thinker, social media guru (especially twitter)
  • You must be eligible to work in the UK

The Nitty Gritty

8 weeks fixed term contract to be agreed with successful candidate but nominally with a start date around 27 June which is also the SPIN student induction day at Harwell. Salary is £1,500 per calendar month. (guide only)

This application is now closed

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