Techniquest is the Regional Co-ordinator for Nuffield Research Placements in Wales. The scheme helps students gain experience during their summer holidays in industry or research institutions covering Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) projects. Research placements are offered to Year 12 students by the Nuffield Foundation.
Selected students are able to:
- carry out a four to six week project in an area of science or technology that interests them
- complete a placement which is nationally recognised by admission tutors in universities and for future employers
- demonstrate capability and responsibility
- apply skills acquired at school or college and acquire new skills
- experience a professional environment.
Students accepted on the scheme have to submit a project report and complete a feedback questionnaire. A celebration day is held in September/ October, when students are asked to display their project work. A certificate is issued to all students.
During their Nuffield Research Placement, it may be possible for students to undertake a British Science Association Creativity in Science and Technology (CREST) award. This is a nationally recognised award that has currency on UCAS forms.
All students must apply using the official online application form, which is accessed by visiting the Nuffield Foundation website - www.nuffieldfoundation.org/nrp
The online system for student applications for 2016 is now open. The deadline for application forms to be completed is 1st March 2017.
- Maintained school students apply for a project arranged by the regional co-ordinator, indicating their areas of interest, eg: biology, engineering.
- Students from independent schools are asked to set up their own project placements by approaching new project providers and asking them to register on the scheme. They may do this with the help of their own contacts or contacts provided by the school, with guidance from the Nuffield Coordinator.
All students will be offered reimbursement for any travel expenses incurred during their placement. Students who meet the criteria for a Full Bursary will receive £80 per week in addition to this. The criteria are set out on the application form.
Please note this is a competitive scheme and placements cannot be guaranteed even if the student or teacher sources a project provider.
For further details, contact your Regional Co-ordinator at:
- Techniquest, Stuart Street, Cardiff, CF10 5BW
- T (029) 20 475 475
Project Providers 2015
Bangor University, School of Biological Sciences
Bangor University, School of Chemistry
Bangor University, School of Electronic Engineering
Bangor University, School of Ocean Sciences
Cardiff University, School of Chemistry
Cardiff University, Computer Science
Cardiff University, School of Biosciences
Cardiff University, School of Dentistry
Cardiff University, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences,
Cardiff University, School of Engineering
Cardiff University, School of History, Archaeology and Religion
Cardiff University, School of Mathematics
Cardiff University, School of Medicine
Cardiff University, School of Psychology
Children’s Hospital for Wales, Cardiff
CUBRIC, School of Psychology, Cardiff
Glyndwr University, Chemistry Department
National Museum of Wales
School of Computer Science, Cardiff
School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff
Swansea University, College of Engineering
Swansea University, College of Science
Swansea University, Department of Psychology
Swansea University, Institute of Life Science
Swansea University, SPECIFIC
University of Liverpool
University of South Wales, School of Computing and Mathematics
Welsh Mountain Zoo, National Zoo of Wales