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Young Scientists at UCEA receive offers for Nuffield Research Placement Scheme - 20/04/2018

All of the Year 12 students studying A Level Science at University Church of England Academy (UCEA) have been successful in being offered places on the Nuffield Research Placement Scheme for the Summer of 2018. 

The Nuffield Research Placement Scheme provides students with the opportunity to work alongside professional Scientists (including Quantitative Social Scientists), Technologists, Engineers and Mathematicians. 

The placement scheme is available to a select number of students completing their first year of a post-16 STEM course. Each student went through a rigorous application process, similar to applying for a university place, in order to enrol on the scheme and also had to achieve the minimum grades required. 

Each student will undertake a research project which must include scientific or technical content and their projects do not have to be laboratory based. They might be office-based or include a lot of fieldwork, or they might focus on engineering, data science or computer science. The Placement Scheme will last between four and six weeks in length and may take place in a university, research institute, a place of business, or voluntary organisation. 

Students will also gain the in-depth experience of working alongside professional and post-graduate researchers on a project that is an important part of their academic research or business. To conclude the course, each of the students will be presenting their findings from the research project in front of scientists from some of the biggest universities in the country. 

Each of the successful applicants can now use this opportunity to support their current studies at the Academy, and the experience will also contribute towards their future university applications and career prospects. 

Congratulations to Josh Nolan, Erin Jarvis-Dunne, Ethan Lonergan, Jaimie McLoughlin and Joe Davies for being successful in receiving a place on the scheme. 

Paul Jenkins, Head of Science at UCEA, said: ”This is the second year that Science students from the Academy have been successful in gaining research placements.  I am so proud of the students for applying as it will make a massive difference to their outlook on undergraduate study and the quality of their UCAS statements.”