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Could you host a Nuffield placement student?

Every year, The University of Manchester hosts sixth formers participating in the Nuffield Research Placement scheme. Last year we were proud, once again, to have hosted more students than any other institution in the UK. In 2017, many of these opportunities were offered to students who meet their widening participation criteria.

Offering a Nuffield Research Placement is a fantastic way of working with talented young people from local schools and sixth form colleges, who are interested in academic research in the future. (See more information about the scheme below).

We are now looking for Academic Staff or Early Career Researchers in any area of STEM or quantitative social sciences who would be willing to host a Nuffield Research Placement student this summer (July or August 2018).

If you are interested or would like more information please email – roz.webster@manchester.ac.uk

More information the scheme:

The Nuffield Research Placement scheme is a national scheme which provides sixth formers with the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers, mathematicians or quantitative social scientists. The students who take part carry out 4-week research placements over the summer, gaining independence, skills and experience and a much-valued insight into research as a career.

What do Nuffield Research Placement students 2017 say:

  • The placement given to me was relevant to what I want to study at university and so helped me make some decisions about my future. It was an amazing experience and I have come away after learning so many things.
  • It was an amazing and life changing experience that helped me grow as a student and as a person. It made me realise that this is what I want to do”.

For Project Providers, the scheme is a ready-made outreach activity supported locally throughout by the regional coordinator. It is a chance to inspire the next generation of researchers, while also making progress on your own research.

What do Nuffield Research Placement Project Providers 2017 say:

  • The Nuffield students are invariably bright and they make a positive hands-on contribution to our research and data analysis”.
  • It will encourage young people to pursue research careers, and will create greater understanding of the usefulness of this type of research.

We are now looking for Academic Staff or Early Career Researchers who can offer a 4-week placement to a local sixth former this summer (July / August 2018). Could you help? Do you have an ongoing project or a pilot project that a competent sixth former could help you with? Do you have a PhD student, post-doc or technician who would appreciate an extra pair of hands or benefit from the experience of supervising a student? Lab-based, field-based or computer-based projects are all suitable.

For further information please visit the Nuffield website:
General website: www.nuffieldfoundation.org/nuffield-research-placements
Student case studies: www.nuffieldfoundation.org/student-case-studies
Information for potential Project Providers: www.nuffieldfoundation.org/project-providers

Nuffield Research Placements are run by the Nuffield Foundation in partnership with the Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK.

Nuffield Research Placements Needed!

Please find below and attached information from Ian Morrison, regional coordination for Nuffield Research Placements, who is looking for University of Manchester staff who might be interested in providing a Nuffield Research Project in 2013.

I am asking everyone who might be interested in offering a project to get back to me, whether you’re brand new to the scheme or have been doing it for years, as due to the changes which are being made to the way projects are allocated – Ian needs to have a comprehensive list of all project providers.

Nuffield Research Projects are a fantastic way of working with young people who already have an interest in Science and Technology; and giving them an insight into the research which goes on within our University. With The University of Manchester’s commitment to widening participation and supporting talented young people from local schools to progress onto research intensive universities, we really welcome this move – and look forward to working with you to offer a wide range of Nuffield Research Placements this academic year.

If you are interested in offering a project for 2013; or would like to find out more – please email me on emma.lewis@manchester.ac.uk by Friday 30 November.

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Could you host a Nuffield Research Project in 2013?

The Nuffield Foundation Science Bursaries offer up to 1000 bursaries a year, for 6th Form Students to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. The scheme is changing for 2013, when they will become known as Nuffield Research Placements, and they need you!

They are looking for academic contacts who would host a project for the scheme by hosting a young person for a 4 – 6 week project in summer 2013, the attached PDF brochure gives you more information about what this entails. The Nuffield Foundation are looking to particularly encourage students from schools in difficult social circumstances, and students who do not have a family background of higher education or STEM professions, and will be placing a greater emphasis on working with targeted schools which fulfil widening participation criteria.

If you are unfamiliar with the Nuffield Foundation and the research placements scheme more information can be found here.

Posted on behalf of Emma Lewis l UG Recruitment and Widening Participation Officer (Academic Enrichment STEM)

Nuffield Research Projects

Change to the Nuffield Bursaries Scheme and Celebration Day Exhibition and Information Session – 23 November 2012, Sackville Street Building

If you are responsible for offering Nuffield bursary scheme placements, then it’s vital that you know about changes which are being made. Download the Nuffield Announcement 2012 (pdf).

And if you are interested in hosting a Nuffield Research student then you don’t want to miss out on the following event.

Celebration Day Exhibition and Information Session

Nuffield Science Research projects our warmest invitation to attend our Celebration Day exhibition on Friday 23 November. The Nuffield Science Bursary Scheme offers an opportunity for Sixth Form Students to spend their Summer Holiday in a laboratory, engineering shop, Hospital or any company that uses Scientific Processes. It is not ‘work experience’ but rather a chance to ‘be a Scientist’ conducting their own project of about 4-6 weeks duration.

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Box Office Bioethics – 2012-2013 competition now open

Box Office Bioethics is the Council’s film competition that aims to get young people making short films about contemporary bioethics issues.

Who is eligible to enter?

The competition is open to individuals or groups of students in the UK and Republic of Ireland. It may be of particular interest for students working towards an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). There are three student categories: Undergraduate, Years 12 & 13, and Year 11 and under.

What should the films be about?

Films can be about any bioethics topic, providing that it falls within the biological and medical sciences and the ethical dimensions of the issue are clearly presented and explored. Films should be between 3 and 5 minutes long. (You can find out more about eligibility by reading the competition rules and FAQs).

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