This year is a double celebration as the Nuffield Research Placement Scheme celebrates its twentieth birthday. The Nuffield Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1943 by William Morris, the founder of Morris Motors. The placements have now helped over 16,000 students from all backgrounds to experience authentic research in a real scientific environment.
During the course of this summer students took part in a diverse range of projects from investigating solar phenomena to investigating nanoparticles and their application in cancer therapy.
Ben Ansell, from The Weald Community School and Sixth Form was placed at Deltex Medical. He was tasked with the design and construction of a model which could simulate blood flow for use when testing cardiac monitoring equipment. Speaking about his experience Ben, who like all the students gained many skills key to a range of STEM careers, said: “Before the project I’d done some basic design and model construction, but nothing on the same scale as this placement’s task. I was taught how to use a 3D printer and oscilloscopes and had the chance to design semi-complex circuits. Having to write a full-length report was also a totally new experience and one that will be very useful going into university.”