Nuffield Research Placements (previously Nuffield Science Bursaries) provide over 1,000 students each year with the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. Students in the first year of a post-16 science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) course are eligible to apply. Placements are available across the UK, in universities, commercial companies, voluntary organisations and research institutions. For more information, click here
Case study of a Nuffield student:
Martin Sherratt: A-level student from St Cyres School (2014)
Martin was based with CRIPES for 6 weeks during the summer between his AS and A levels. He has been involved with BARC (Bag and Remove in Cymru) collecting, processing and analysing soil samples from around the UK. For the Nuffield Research Placement, Martin decided to compare the prevalence of Toxocara canis in inner city and sub-rural parks, and assess whether incidence of this parasite is associated with the number of dogs observed in these parks. T. canis, known as the Dog Roundworm, is an intestinal parasite that is asymptomatic in most dogs but can be transmitted to humans. It can cause Toxocariasis in patients with weakened immune systems, such as the young, the sick or the elderly, leading to breathing difficulties, seizures and even blindness. Thus, it is important to map the prevalence of T. canis to assess the risk levels of contracting this parasite.
Martin has also had the opportunity to assist with a range of other projects on infectious diseases and to conduct wildlife post-mortems with the Cardiff University Otter Project. As Martin is keen to pursue a career in Biosciences, this Nuffield placement will hopefully have provided him with a valuable insight into the research side of University life before he goes onto to his own undergraduate degree.
Previous Nuffield students and their project titles:
2005 Tim Harris: ‘Dietary Conservatism in Fish’
2004 Elin Griffiths: ‘Otter Parasites’
2003 Hannah Bye: ‘Genetic Diversity of Heligmosomoides spp.’