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Research Experience Placements – Summer 2022

Research Experience Placement is a summer placement scheme funded by NERC, aimed at undergraduate students to address demographic and diversity-related challenges in the environmental sciences as well as thematic skills gaps (e.g. quantitative skills).

SENSE REP students regardless of location will become part of the Space Hub Yorkshire internship network. We will create opportunities for interns to network with each other and the current SENSE PhD students. We plan to keep in touch with our interns after they complete their internship and support them with their future PhD applications.

Placement Details, Funding and Reporting

  • We have 6 REPs available for the Summer 2022 – 4 at the University of Edinburgh and 2 at the University of Leeds.
  • Placements duration is 6 weeks full time the summer vacation period (mid-June to the end of August). They include 4 days of annual leave which will have to be taken in agreement with the project supervisor. Exact dates will be at the discretion of the project supervisor.
  • Placements are paid at the University grade UE03 (£355.35 per week).
  • Placements can take place remotely or dependant on the supervisor on campus however there is no additional cost for relocation/accommodation.
  • For remote placements there will be funding for a short visit to the base university to meet the supervisory team.
  • Students will need to be in the UK due to employment regulations.
  • The student and the project supervisor at the host organisation will be required to complete a brief online report on the outcome of the placement at the end of the placement.

Eligibility of students

Be studying for an undergraduate degree (minimum second year) in a any science discipline (this includes maths, engineering, computing, geosciences and all sciences) .

Applications are open from students from all universities not just the host universities however potential applicants should be aware that no relocation or travel costs will be paid.

Students must meet ALL of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for a REP. The students must:

  • Be undertaking their first undergraduate degree studies (or integrated Masters) in a UK Higher Education institution – please note that students who have already graduated are not eligible for this scheme.
  • Be eligible for subsequent NERC PhD funding, i.e. be either:
    • an UK citizen OR 
    • an EU citizen with pre- or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme OR 
    • a non-EU citizen who have obtained the right to remain in the UK – known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’ (ILR) 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 September 2022

REPs do not meet the requirements for a visa request therefore non-UK students who are not currently living in the UK or who are without a suitable UK visa are not eligible to apply.

Internships Available

At the University of Leeds:

Investigating changes in ice speed around Antarctica

Supervisor: Dr Ben Davison, Dr Anna Hogg

Using big data to identify glaciers that surge

Supervisors: Dr Duncan Quincey Liam Taylor

At the University of Edinburgh: (more to be added)

Using machine learning to predict the timing, magnitude and impact of solar flares from satellite imagery

Professor Kathy Whaler, Dr Ciaran Beggan (British Geological Survey)

Application Process

You may apply for a maximum of two internships and should tailor your application to each applications

For both institutions the following documents will be required. Please make sure you indicate clearly which project you are applying for.

A current CV (including contact details for two referees)

A short (one page) statement on your motivation for applying for a placement

A transcript of current marks (a screen shot from your university record system is sufficient)

Please email supporting documents to, with the internship you are applying to as the subject.

Only applications with both a form and supporting documents will be considered – it is your responsibility to ensure you have filled in the form and emailed your supporting documents.

Deadline Midnight on 29th May 2021.

All shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a short online interview with the project team.

Successful candidates will be notified in early June.