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Nuffield Research Placements

Think back to when you were 17. What did you know about research as a career? How did you get where you are today? It's likely there were key individuals and experiences that motivated and inspired you, and it's those experiences that we want to give to young people through our Nuffield Research Placements.

We are looking for employers to offer a 4-6 week project for our students in their summer holidays. Projects must have broadly scientific or technical content, but they don’t have to be based in a laboratory. They might be office-based or include a lot of fieldwork, or they might focus on engineering, data analysis or computer science.

We work with a wide range of organisations, including universities and research institutes, local government and public sector agencies, tech and pharmaceutical companies, think tanks and market research agencies.

Some of these organisations employ thousands of people, and some have a single-figure headcount. What they all have in common is a research and development project in need of some attention and a commitment to sharing their passion for their business with young people from their local area.

What is involved in providing a Nuffield Research Placement?

Nuffield Research Placements give young people from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to gain skills and confidence in science and research. They are provided by the Nuffield Foundation as part of its mission to improve social well-being and educational opportunity across the UK.

We are looking for employers who can provide a 4-6 week project for a 16/17 year-old student in their summer holidays. Projects must have broadly scientific, quantitative or technical content, but they don’t have to be based in a laboratory. They might be office-based or include a lot of fieldwork, or they might focus on engineering, data analysis or computer science.

The programme is highly competitive, and all our students have good GCSE results, are aiming to go on to university, and have demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment to working on a research project.

Nuffield Research Placements are administered by a network of regional coordinators across the UK. Your Nuffield Coordinator will select students who are suitable for your project, and will support them throughout the process. The first step is to have a conversation with your local Nuffield coordinator, who will tell you all you need to know about hosting a student.

What are the benefits of providing a Nuffield Research Placement? 
  • Support young people and diversify your workforce. Our aim is to widen access to science and research education and careers. This means that all Nuffield students are from families with below average income, who have spent time in local authority care, or who will be the first in their family to go to university, or a combination of these.
  • Provide your staff with opportunities to apply and develop their coaching, mentoring and management skills. For example, early career researchers who supervise students find the experience beneficial to their academic career, as well as providing extra help with data collection and analysis, and giving them teaching and management experience.
  • Students are bright and capable and can complete a variety of tasks including data analysis, scoping and experimental design. Many project providers find students are particularly valuable for projects that they want to start but have not found the time to do. Working with students in this way could also inform new areas of work and contribute to your business development.
  • Fulfil your public engagement, widening participation and corporate and social responsibility goals.
  • Forge strong links with schools and colleges in your local area, and with talented students who could become future employees.
How do I get involved?

The first step is to have a conversation with your local Nuffield coordinator, who will tell you all you need to know about hosting a student. Contact details for our regional coordinators are available here. You can also email nrp@nuffieldfoundation.org. You can then sign up to host a student via our online system

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'The Nuffield students are mature, talented and reliable. Provided that the placement is planned appropriately, Nuffield students achieve very useful results that feed into our research team's main projects and add great value to our research output.'

Jane Whittaker, Unilever Research & Development Port Sunlight Laboratory.

Sound good to you? Contact your regional coordinator for more information on Nuffield Research Placements.

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