The duration of REPs is between 6 and 10 weeks over the Summer period (mid-June to mid Sept)
Placements will be paid at at least the minimum wage (currently £8.91 per hour) with £500 provided for research costs and can be undertaken full- or part- time.
There are no further funds available for relocation or living expenses and students must be resident in the UK during the placement.
Successful students and supervisors will be required to complete a report on the outcome of the placement.
ARIES REPs 2021 will be available at the following institutions
||Number of available placements*
|British Antarctic Survey
|University of East Anglia
|University of Essex
||1 or 2
|University of Kent, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology
|University of Plymouth
||1 or 2
|Royal Holloway University of London
||1 or 2
*subject to confirmation
Students must meet all of the eligibility requirements listed below to apply for a REP:
· Be undertaking their first undergraduate degree studies (or integrated Masters) – you may be in your final year of your undergraduate degree.
· Be applying for a placement in a different department to their undergraduate degree
· Be eligible for subsequent NERC PhD funding, i.e.:
- A UK citizen, OR
- An EU citizen with pre- or settled status under the EU settlement scheme, OR
- A non-EU citizen who has obtained the right to remain in the UK, OR
- An International/EU student already studying in the UK and currently under a Tier 4 or Student Route Visa with validity until at least October 2021.
We currently expect applications to open on 17 May 2021 and the deadline for applications will be 4th June 2021. This page will be updated will further details and links to available projects as soon as they are confirmed.
- In order to be considered for a placement, please apply to firstname.lastname@example.org providing the following:
- A supporting statement explaining your motivation for applying for this project. Please include answers to the following questions:
- which project are you applying for?
- why have you applied for this project (e.g. what interested you about this project, what in particular made you want to undertake this research)?
- what do you hope to achieve by undertaking this placement (e.g. is it for experience, to gain skills, to develop your interests)?
- what skills do you have that make you an ideal candidate for this placement (e.g. what skills have you developed during your degree that might apply)?
- what do you hope to do when you complete your degree (e.g. have you considered a working in scientific research in the future, or is this your first experience)?
- A recent CV
- A reference from your personal tutor
- An interim transcript if available
- Please also complete the online EDI form (this form is a mandatory part of the application process, but contains ‘prefer not to say’ options for all questions asked)
· Applications are screened for eligibility (see the eligibility criteria above)
· Applications are forwarded to supervisors (the EDI form is not included)
· Supervisors shortlist candidates and interview for the placement.
Candidates will be scored according to the following criteria:
- Fit to project (e.g. your current skills, area of study, interests)
- Enthusiasm for environmental research (e.g. what you hope to achieve through undertaking this placement, why you chose this project in particular)
- Evidence of suitability to undertake a research placement (e.g. evidence from your tutor reference, transcript, and CV that you are an engaged student)
Successful candidates will be informed by 11th June