You may be able to help your son or daughter benefit from the Nuffield Research Placement scheme. However we recommend that you help mainly by giving advice. Leave it to your son or daughter to take the initiative.
The scheme runs in a slightly different way in each region, so the first thing to do is to encourage your son or daughter to contact your nearest Regional Coordinator who will provide more information about how to apply.
If your son or daughter attends a maintained state school, the local coordinator will help to match them with a project in a university or industry near you.
Students from independent schools are asked to use their school and family links to set up their own placements, so you may be able to help them with this. Before speaking to your contacts it is important that you speak to your local Nuffield Coordinator. They will advise you about how the scheme is run in your area and the paperwork that needs to be completed by project providers and your son or daughter. Even if you do manage to set up a placement using your own contacts, it is not guaranteed that funding will be provided by the Nuffield Foundation due to the limited number of placements that are offered.
- have clear science, technology, engineering or maths content
- contribute to the work of the host organisation
- allow scope for initiative on the part of the student
- be well defined, having a clear outcome in mind from the beginning
- give students a chance to work alongside practising scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.