Exeter pupil awarded research placement

An Exeter School scientist spent one month on a Nuffield research placement at Exeter University gaining an insight into scientific research.

Upper Sixth Former Robbie Bell spent four weeks in Exeter University's Biophysics department; running a research project alongside a lab partner, working nine to five, five days a week.

Robbie said the experience was incredibly independent and unique.

"No other work placement that I have seen gives the individual so much control over what they do, or trusts them with techniques so fully.

"Our project aim, and methods to reach that aim, were explained on the first day. From there we were practically just left to the research excepting when we wanted guidance or to look over the data with the professor.

"To anyone considering a science based degree I can't stress enough how great this is for experiencing research first-hand.

Director of Science, Dr James Wilson, said the Nuffield Research Placements were a wonderful opportunity for Lower Sixth pupils to engage in and take a substantial role in real scientific research in an array of areas.

"Robbie did very well to persevere in his application and was rewarded with an amazing opportunity that he made the very most of. I hope his example will demonstrate to others what amazing experiences are available if you are keen and put your mind to it."

Nuffield Research Placements provide over 1,000 pupils each year with the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

Pupils in the first year of a post-16 science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) course are eligible to apply and placements are available across the UK, in universities, commercial companies, voluntary organisations and research institutions.