Benefits of hosting a project
"The scheme allows us to conduct short research projects to investigate topics that we are interested in, but are not yet part of the group's main research programme. Our Nuffield projects have sometimes led to further research being carried out."
- Dr Simon Butler, Senior Technical Officer, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge
Why sign up?
Being a Nuffield Project Provider offers you the chance to inspire the next generation of researchers, at the same time as moving forward with your own projects. It’s an opportunity to give a 17 year old the chance to discover what a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering or maths) might be like – particularly if they have no family history of attending university or parental experience of STEM careers.
How will the scheme benefit me and my organisation?
Nuffield students will require supervision and guidance, but in return they will make a significant contribution to your organisation. Our students work to a high standard on different types of projects, depending on the organisation and its priorities. For example, it could be a pilot project, or one that has been temporarily shelved due to lack of time, or a specific part of a larger project. It could be lab- or field-based.
Work done by students often leads to published papers, and has been used as the basis for grant applications.
In addition, supervising a student helps researchers to develop their own teaching and mentoring skills. This is particularly useful for PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and staff looking to gain management experience.
Many of our host organisations provide placements as part of their public engagement or corporate social responsibility work. Universities in particular are increasingly accountable for their access work, and supervising a Nuffield student shows that your institution is committed to increasing opportunities for young people in your local area.
Host organisations are not required to make any kind of financial commitment.
"I gained by having someone ask me about basic assumptions that we make: this was a good "sanity check" on the direction of the work being done."
- Martin Bell, Staff Six Sigma Black Belt, Seagate Technology