Aberystwyth University

Project provider name: Prifysgol Aberystwyth University

Where research placements take place: in the Departments and laboratories of the University at Aberystwyth (Biological, Rural, Physical, Psychological and Earth Sciences Departments) – plus some local fieldwork if appropriate.

Website: www.aber.ac.uk/wpsi

Elin Jones from Ysgil Bro Ddyfi, Powys who took a 5-week bursary placement at Aberystwyth University in Summer 2007How many years has Aberystwyth University offered placements to Nuffield Science Bursary students? 5 years or possibly longer.

How is the scheme run within the University?
Run as part of Widening Participation – we try to offer placements to those who would not be able to travel to a placement daily because of their rural Welsh location (by offering accommodation), and those who satisfy the other WAG criteria (e.g. living in a Community First area, Welsh first language students, BME students, etc.)

What do you feel the main benefits of the scheme are?
Enables students to get their teeth into a real research project and clarify some of their career aspirations. At Aberystwyth value is enhanced by the provision of accommodation, food and a full social programme (in conjunction with our other summer schemes for similarly aged young people).

Would you recommend the scheme to others?
Yes - students often go back to their school and make presentations to younger pupils – spreading the value of the scheme and the host institution. As individuals they gain a great deal, as a research group, hosts benefit from getting a discreet piece of work completed.