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Viviana Levy’s experience providing Nuffield Research Placements at the Environment Agency
|Nuffield Research Placement provider, 2019
Environment Agency, Cornwall
Using economics to tackle environmental problems in the public sector.
This is the first year we offered placements at our Tolgus site in Cornwall, but our Bristol site has been providing placements for a number of years.
Encouraging groups of students that might not have considered going to university. The placement is also an opportunity to support my own career goals of lecturing.
Taking on Nuffield students is very useful in supporting my long-term ambitions to become a university lecturer.
Meeting some great young people makes me confident our future is in safe hands. I was also able to engage with parts of the business that I would not normally have the opportunity to engage with. I personally learnt a great deal about how to structure a placement, which will be useful in the future, especially if we are able to get University level summer placements. This has given me an insight to the preparation that will be required to make it truly useful for both students and the Environment Agency.
Meeting some great young people has given me confidence that our future is in safe hands.”Viviana Levy, placement provider
Primarily, work experience. Students can learn about interesting sites like the long rock flood descents, mining waste site, sewage site and the head office at Bristol which helps broaden their perspective of working at the Environmental Agency or similar organisations. The placements help them connect the different areas of the business, problem solve, develop their independence and understand the reality of economic rules which can’t always be applied as they may have thought beforehand.
Yes! The students were great, very polite and engaged.