Nuffield Foundation Placements

The Widening Participation Unit met recently with the Nuffield Trust who are interested in the development of more summer placements for young people in year 13 who have a widening participation background.

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How does the scheme work?

Who are Nuffield Students?

A typical Nuffield student will be a 17 year-old student from a local school or college. They will have just completed their first year of an advanced or higher level course in science, technology, engineering or maths. 

Our students are intelligententhusiastic and committed, and will have been through a thorough selection process. We actively encourage participation from 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 funding students’ travel and providing bursaries to those most in need.

How do I get involved?

The first thing to do is contact your local Nuffield coordinator. They can advise you on setting up a placement, give you more information about how the scheme works and help you to shape your project ideas into a distinct plan, with defined scientific or technical content. Your coordinator will then find an appropriate student for your project, and you will have the opportunity to interview the student before he or she starts.

If you're interested in hosting a student, this short video shows how some previous supervisors found hosting Nuffield students over the summer.

If you would like a copy on DVD, then email and we will send you one free of charge.  We can also supply you with posters to promote the scheme to others within your organisation, in addition to leaflets which provide guidance on how to successfully host a Nuffield student.

Is there loads of paperwork? What about health and safety?

No! You will need to fill in one short online form outlining the project and provide confirmation that students will be covered by your insurers while they are working at your organisation. Supervisors are not required to undergo a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check unless there are specific risks involved in the project, such as long periods of one-to-one working.