SPITFIRE Research Experience Placements Scheme 2017
The NERC Research Experience Placement (REP) scheme is aimed at addressing the shortage of individuals with quantitative skills coming into environmental science.
REPs provide an opportunity for undergraduate students in quantitative disciplines to engage in active research projects, enhancing their skills and gaining valuable experience of what it is like to be a postgraduate researcher in environmental sciences. The SPITFIRE DTP is offering six placements of 8–10 weeks across the partnership to be taken over the summer period (19 June – 22 Sept 2017). REPs are open to undergraduate students from across the UK and include a stipend and limited research support funding for work on supervised staff‑defined research projects.
The REPs provide a minimum stipend of £200 per week over a minimum 8-week project duration, in addition to a Research and Training Support Grant (RTSG) of £500. Total funding for individual REPs will be capped at £2500 and any additional costs incurred by the host organisation must be met from within research budgets. Payment to the student will be made in 3 instalments by the UoS Faculty Finance Team.
Summary of Responsibilities
Supervisors are responsible for:
- Supervising the student throughout the course of the project,
- Providing the appropriate training for the safe and successful completion of the project,
- Ensuring adequate space and equipment is available to complete the project,
- Providing a report back to the DTP operational team before the 20 October 2017,
- Arranging all necessary requirements for visiting student status within their organisation/department/AU/Faculty etc.
Students are responsible for:
- Arranging their accommodation while in the placement,
- Committing to engaging fully with the research project and maintain contact with the supervisor over the full term of the project,
- Completing the required feedback survey on the completion of the placement,
- Providing input to the final report following completion of the survey.
Supervisors from across the SPITFIRE DTP partnership should submit their proposals electronically to email@example.com using the REP Supervisor Proforma. Projects will be accepted up until 12 noon Monday, 8 May 2017.
Supervisors should clearly state the amount requested and the duration of the project.
- have a clearly defined objective,
- be within the science remit of NERC,
- be suitable for a student with a background in a different discipline to sensibly complete within the timescale of the award,
- include more than purely a computer/modelling component, i.e., some element of fieldwork, data collection, activity to give an understanding of the wider context etc.,
- give scope for thought and initiative on the part of the student and should not use the student as a general assistant,
- be based at an eligible UK research organisation.
Projects will be verified for their suitability by the SPITFIRE DTP Operational Team. Project supervisors will be notified of proposal acceptance within a week of receipt, with projects advertised on the SPITFIRE DTP website as soon as approved.
APPLICATIONS FOR REP PROJECTS ARE NOW OPEN – PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS FOR THE PROJECT BRIEFS BELOW AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN FOR SUBMISSION.
Students should submit a REP Student Proforma, a brief CV (no more than two pages) and transcripts or tutor statement indicating your mark profile to firstname.lastname@example.org. Project titles will be advertised here as they become available, so please check back regularly.
The deadline for student applications is noon on Friday, 2 June 2017. Applicants who wish to be considered before a full list of project titles have been made available are welcome to submit an application early and update their list of chosen projects as these become available.
Students will be selected by the SPITFIRE DTP Operational Team and notified by Tuesday, 13 June 2017.
Student applicants must be:
- studying for a degree in a quantitative discipline outside of NERC’s scientific remit (e.g., mathematics, statistics, computing, engineering, physics),
- undertaking the placement in a different department to their undergraduate degree,
- in the middle of their first degree (or integrated Masters) studies,
- expected to obtain a first or upper second class UK honours degree,
- eligible for subsequent NERC PhD funding (UK, EU or right to remain in the UK).
For any further information and guidance please contact email@example.com.