The University of Bath is encouraging both Academics and Phd students to offer a Nuffield Research Placement this summer to Year 12 students.
The University of Bath’s Widening Participation department is now managing the scheme for the South West and hopes it will inspire the researchers of the next generation at a point in their lives where they are making key decisions about future career or university choices and to promote jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as realistic and achievable career options.
This placement not only provided me with a memorable experience but also allowed me to increase in confidence which in turn has made me more motivated with fulfilling my potential. I always knew that I wanted a career in science, however, was unaware of what a career would entail by completing a placement I am far more informed. I received a lot of support and knowledge from my supervisor who also gave me advice regarding my placement. All of the lab members treated me as an equal and made my placement a very enjoyable experience.NRP student
The scheme is open to all academically talented Year 12 STEM students and will focus on supporting applications from those with Widening Participation backgrounds.
All students are supported financially by the Nuffield Foundation (who pay all of their travel expenses – and those from low-income backgrounds are given an additional weekly bursary).
The push to widen the scheme this year comes after the success of the 2016 scheme. 31 of the 46 students had research placements that were based at the University of Bath.
The Nuffield Foundation is a charitable trust, whose aim is to promote wellbeing and life chances for all in society. The NRP scheme is one of their most important areas of activity and gives over 1,000 17-year-old students across the UK each year the chance to experience working alongside a researcher in a university or in industry.