Annual Nuffield Summer Research Projects and Nuffield Summer Research Project Celebration Event at DMU Venue
(Please read at https://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/news/2019/october/record-number-of-college-students-complete-stem-placements-at-dmu.aspx for more details by DMU media team) Summary of the Project I have been leading UK Nuffield Research Placements for several years giving sixth form students hands-on experience of a university (DMU) research environment through a 4 week placement during their summer holidays. By providing a placement, our university can give someone a life-changing opportunity that will help transform them into a future scientist. Nuffield placements have a particular focus on high achieving students from more disadvantaged backgrounds (50% of Nuffield students are female and over 50% of students are from areas of high deprivation). On the other hand, our university researchers and research students have opportunity to apply and develop their coaching, mentoring and research group management skills. At HLS I have been looking after Nuffield research placement students for several years already starting from one and having a group of 10 students during the last two summers. My Nuffield student projects have changed over the years, depending on the interests and requirements of the student group an availability of the laboratories. Last year I have organised the projects as a cross-faculty interdisciplinary research showcase, involving library, pharmacy and allied health researchers and postgraduate students. We had Ceri, Anna (library team), Marilena, Harprit, Eva, Carika, Jay (BMS/MS), Joanne, Tarsem, Unmesh, Ketan (pharmacy) and Angela (WP) assisting with different aspects of the project and really well showcasing fantastic DMU research on diabetes; the students learned about scientific research and database search, small molecule drug synthesis, DNA extraction, second generation sequencing, microbiome tests, immunology of diabetes and serum/saliva biomarkers, impact of lifestyle on diabetes and vascular pathology. I have been leading summer research placement projects for Nuffield students for about ten years, starting with just one student, then a few, and gradually championing the scheme and expanding to even more project students and involving our new research Institute team, who have helped to disseminating the scheme to our whole university in 2019 with having 23 Nuffield students at DMU, this way making DMU the most popular summer research placement destination for talented college students in Midlands. In 2019 the following DMU members been leading Nuffield summer placements: Gabriel Egan – Department of Textual Studies Naomi Martin – Department of Health and Life Sciences Ruta Furmonaviciene – Department of Health and Life Sciences Shivanthi Samarasin – Department of Health and Life sciences Richard Smith – School of Computer Science Farukh Farukh – School of Engineering and Sustainable Development Rusi Jaspal – EGLS (HLS) I have also initiated and coordinated regional Nuffield research placement celebration event which was held at DMU for the first time at DMU Venue on the 30th September 2019. In collaboration with the LEBC and Nuffield team, I have helped with to organise meetings with DMU researchers, research and WP teams, our Venue, Estates and ITMS teams as well as helped to shape the list of the speakers and the agenda for the day of the Celebration event. This work has been presented in Nuffield Summer Research Placement Celebration event at Loughborough university (certificate for project provider obtained) and also at our DMU summer research conference and at DMU research conference. I have developed student-tailored strategy of supervision (the students interacted as a research group, with individual support when needed), our processes (e.g. induction, seminars and feedback sessions) seem to be working very efficiently and cost-effectively. We received some great oral and written feedback, as well as photos and tweets from students, staff and Nuffield foundation. In return, we get excellent publicity for DMU and DMU research, this way we are also attracting the most talented students in the region to DMU as well as their supporters and funders. We are also helping BAME students within the group to get their first HE experience at DMU; as a result of summer placement, a few Nuffield students including DMU in their study choices, and one of them has applied and joined our Biomedical Science course during the placement last year. The student has now completed her first year of BMS course with outstanding marks and has been interviewed by DMU media to promote our Nuffield project work further. Also, this is a great training opportunity for our MSc and PhD students interacting with Nuffield students in the labs. Together with Stacy Munday from Nuffield and LEBC, we have just set a date for the next Nuffield Celebration Event at DMU - this is now planned for the 5th October 2020. We are determined to make this event even bigger and better than the previous one!
Other groups and departments involved in this research: DMU Library Team Gabriel Egan – Department of Textual Studies Richard Smith – School of Computer Science Farukh Farukh – School of Engineering and Sustainable Development Rusi Jaspal – EGLS
Citation : DMU website - https://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/news/2019/october/record-number-of-college-students-complete-stem-placements-at-dmu.aspx
Research Institute : Institute for Allied Health Sciences Research
Peer Reviewed : Yes