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Nuffield Research Placements

Stuck for things to do over the summer?

The Nuffield Research Placement offers any student in post-16 science and engineering courses the opportunity to be placed in a working research environment. If you have an enthusiasm for science this is a great way to take it further.

Placements at UCL are normally for a minimum of four weeks over the summer and you must live in or around the London area. Start dates are flexible but usually hosted during August of each year. 

Students wishing to pursue this  should register their interest with the regional Nuffield coordinator between November and February. After which time you will be invited to fill out an application form and we’ll try to align specific people with available projects. Sometime in July before the start of your placement, Nuffield will organise an induction day – but after that you can start your research placement. 

The number of research placements the Department can offer will vary each year depending on the availability of research staff.

After your placement

As with all good science, you’ll be required to write a lab report on the work you did. It may sound taxing, but the good news is that many schools and colleges will accept the report for the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). However, you’ll need to double check with your science teacher.

Furthermore, as a Nuffield Research Placement student you also qualify to apply for the British Science Association CREST Award. The CREST Award Scheme is the UKs largest science award scheme for project work undertaken at the pre-university level. Based on your project and the type of work involved, you could be eligible for a Bronze, Silver or Gold level Award.

Find out more at the Nuffield website.