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Nuffield Research Placements

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What is a Nuffield Research Placement?

Over 1000 UK Year 12 students are offered funded Nuffield Research Placements each year. The students gain an insight into the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) research and development and work alongside professionals in the workplace.

 
Nuffield Placement Providers

To find out about the benefits to the placement providers, STEM Sussex, who are the regional co-ordinators in Sussex and Hampshire, spoke to two different companies who hosted Nuffield students in 2016.

Deltex Medical is a British manufacturer of Fluid Management devices, with approximately 60 employees based in Chichester, West Sussex. Lee Lindfield, Production Team Leader, has been a Nuffield Placement Provider since 2014 and offers engineering placements with aspects of different areas of science.

GSK is a science-led global pharmaceutical company. Ali Khan, Early Talent Advisor with GSK, took on two Nuffield Research students for the first time in 2016.

 

What was the motivation for involvement in the scheme?

For Lee, hosting students was motivated by his experiences as an apprentice:

“I appreciated the time and effort my previous employers and mentors put into helping and encourage me to develop as an engineer. I would like to give back to current students in the same way.” Lee Lindfield.

 

How did the companies benefit?

Nuffield Research placements are an opportunity, not only for students to begin their STEM career journey, they also enable employers to tackle a project that would otherwise not be undertaken.

“I am continually surprised by the students’ work ethic and capability. Not only with the projects carried out at Deltex but also during the presentation evening when you see all the projects. For students their age to do such advanced work in a fairly short amount of time is amazing.” Lee Lindfield.

Similarly, Ali Khan at GSK has found that students can offer a new perspective: 

“Fresh eyes, we can take a lot from the students…with students it’s all new and everything is questioned…it’s a great way to find improvements.” Ali Khan.

Deltex, too, has been able to change their working practises for the better:

“Based on the results of the projects, decisions have been made in the company to change the way we work. For example [one student] conducted a project on the way a product is tested. Based on the results, we improved the test method.” Lee Lindfield.

 

Both Deltex and GSK have been impressed by the students’ scientific understanding and capabilities. Lee has found that when formulating a suitable project for each student, content adjustments are normally only to ensure that the projects can be completed within the timescale.

The placement has a four week duration, during which the students gain a detailed understanding of the company:

“Contacts are made that will last a very long time, which is very important for GSK and the students, as they are the future workforce.” Ali Khan

Both companies are keen to continue and deepen their involvement in the Nuffield Research Placement Scheme and would recommend others to get involved. The placements enable each company to fulfil their corporate social responsibility by offering an insight for students about varied and impactful work opportunities available at these companies.

 

For more information and to become a Nuffield Research Placement Provider, please contact STEM Sussex, the regional co-ordinators. Please call us on 01273 644178, email nuffield@brighton.ac.uk or visit the Nuffield area for employers on our website. 



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