Undertaking a Nuffield Research Placement will inspire and motivate your students. It'll help give them the skills and confidence they need to get a place at university.

The experience can be particularly valuable to students who don't have a family history of going to university, or who come from low income families. We want more students from these backgrounds to apply, and can offer them financial support while they undertake the placement.

In addition to the benefits for your students, getting involved with Nuffield Research Placement Scheme will raise the profile of your school in your local community. It will enable you to forge links with researchers in your area, in universities, industry and the voluntary sector.

All you need to do is tell your students about the programme, and write a short reference for each one who applies. There's no financial cost to you or your school.

Who is eligible?

  • 5th year school or college students studying a science, technology, engineering or maths subject at Higher level.
  • High attainment at National 5 or Intermediate 2, including a science and/or maths.
  • Interested in continuing with science, technology, engineering or maths after school/college.

This is a competitive programme with a limited number of placements for each region. Even if a student has set up their own placement, it does not guarantee that their application will be successful.

Is financial support available for students during their projects?

Travel expenses are available for all students. A bursary payment of £80 per week is also available to students who fit the following criteria:

  • Are eligible for, or in receipt of, Free School Meals or have been in the last six years.
  • Are receiving discretionary payments at school or college*.
  • Have a total household income below £30,000.
  • Are living in, or have lived in, local authority care.

* Please note: This does not apply to academic scholarships at independent schools.

Involvement Benefits

Students may be able to exploit the knowledge and skills from their project when they get back into school. They could have evidence to add to a key skills portfolio, or results that could feed into their coursework. They will certainly have something interesting to talk about at a university admissions interview.

The students will make a presentation, put on a display or contribute to a seminar at the Nuffield Celebration Event. This might be something that they could repeat in school or college.

Your students could: talk to other post-16 students; write an article for the school newsletter or local newspaper; lead part of a lesson linked to their project; talk to the school science club; give a presentation to pupils in S2-S4 or a local primary school; or give a presentation to parents during a school open evening.


The primary responsibility for health and safety rests with the organisation hosting the placement. A separate set of guidance notes is available by contacting Jennifer Smith at Abertay University. However, if you are arranging your own placements, you should check that the host organisation has a copy of these notes and is aware of their responsibility. You should also check that students undertaking a Nuffield Research Placement are covered by the host organisation’s insurance policy.