Nuffield Research Placements

Aberystwyth University offers Nuffield Research Placements which are funded by the Nuffield Foundation. They are engaging, hands-on research projects, where students can make a meaningful contribution to the work of a host organization.

They are a fantastic opportunity for students to apply skills and knowledge learned at school and work alongside researchers and industry professionals to:

  • Develop subject understanding alongside research and quantitative skills to expand career prospects.
  • Learn more about higher education and different career paths.
  • Enhance UCAS personal statements and applications to university.
  • Apply for a Gold CREST award or the Big Bang Competition

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, students must: 

  • Be over 16 years old and in Year 12 or S5 in Scotland.
  • Be in full-time, state-funded education in the UK. 
  • Have at least 5 GCSEs at Level 6/Grade B or above OR Scottish Nationals at Level B or above, including maths, a science subject, and English (or another humanities subject).
  • Be studying one or more A-levels or Scottish Highers (or equivalent) in science, technology, engineering, economics, geography, psychology, computing, statistics, or maths.
  • Be available for 2-3 consecutive weeks over July and/or August to collaborate with your Placement Provider. (Dates to be confirmed). 

Students must also meet at least one of the following criteria: 

  • Be living, or have lived, in local authority care. 
  • Come from a family with a combined household income of below £30,000 a year (pre-tax) 
  • Be entitled to free school meals, either now or at any time in the last six years. 
  • In receipt of, or entitled to, discretionary payments at school/college (e.g., EMA, 16-19 Bursary Fund) 
  • Be the first in your immediate family to participate in higher education (not including any older siblings).  This means that neither of your parents/carers has participated in higher education, either in the UK or another country.  If your siblings have attended higher education, but your parents/carers have not, you are still eligible.

For more information, please visit the Nuffield Foundation website.