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Nuffield Research Placements

Nuffield Research Placements benefit over 1,000 students each year. They provide the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

Students in the first year of a post-16 science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) course are eligible to apply. Placements are available across the UK in:

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  • universities
  • commercial companies
  • voluntary organisations and
  • research institutions

Nuffield Research Placements are administered at a regional level by a network of Nuffield coordinators.

We particularly encourage students who don't have a family history of going to university or who attend schools in less well-off areas. We make sure no-one is excluded on a financial basis by covering students' travel costs. Some students may also be eligible for a weekly bursary in addition to travel expenses. Your regional coordinator will be able to advise on eligibility.

For further information, please see the Nuffield Foundation website.

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Call: 01872 224397 (referencing "Nuffield")

Next steps

  • Students should read the Guidance for Students document and the Nuffield Research Case Studies Guide. They should then work with their teacher(s) and family to complete an application.
  • Successful applicants will be notified and work will begin to liaise with a project provider.
  • A compulsory induction session will take place during the summer term.
  • The placement is four weeks and will take place during the school summer holidays.

Nuffield Students 2018

The placements completed by students Thaisen Chant and Rachel Gump during 2017/18 gave them the stepping stones to each respectively be picked to speak at the Royal Society Annual Conference and compete as a finalist in the Big Bang Young Scientist of the Year competition. 

Nuffield Students 2017

Betty Coupland and William Dash attended a 2017 Nuffield Research Placement. This was with the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust and the University of Plymouth. Read Betty's and William's stories

Nuffield Student 2016

Luke Hopkins from Treviglas College attended a 2016 Nuffield Research Placement. This was with the University of Exeter. Read Luke's story

Nuffield Student 2013

Ace McDermott from Bodmin College attended a 2013 Nuffield Research Placement. You can read Ace McDermotts' s story on the Nuffield Website.

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