Students at Huddersfield New College are given the opportunity to apply for an exclusive Nuffield Foundation placement, which offers them the chance to experience the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) environments within universities and complete a hands-on specialist project that will be useful to professional scientists, engineers, technologists or mathematicians.
They can then apply for their project to be awarded the CREST award. There are just 1200 placements available around the UK, and undertaking a placement is seen as a highly valuable experience by universities and employers, giving students the competitive edge. These exciting placements take place over the summer, and students could find themselves doing anything from programming a computer, linking to a drone or analysing 'big data' from car test rigs, alongside mechanical engineers or research scientists.
Pictured above is former HNC student Tom Ward (pictured with Dr Joe Norton and Principal Angela Williams) being presented with his certificate in recognition of his project at Bradford University where he programmed a device which could control a computer through sensing brain activity.
On the 8th and 13th December HNC students will be given the opportunity to explore applying for a placement in summer 2018, and explore the types of projects that can be completed during a placement. The College actively supports students with an interest in the STEM industries, and works closely with the Nuffield Foundation to give its young people the best possible chance of securing a placement.
Dr Joe Norton, who leads the Nuffield Foundation placement programme at the College, says: "A Nuffield Placement is an amazing opportunity for those with an interest in the competitive STEM industries to gain hands-on experience and new skills. Students on the programme are given responsibility for their own research project, with expert supervision. The skills and experiences they gain really do give them the competitive edge. Last year three of our students were awarded the CREST award as a result of their projects, and this year we hope to increase the number of students who are successful in securing a placement. It is another reason why our students choose HNC!"