Step into Research


What is it?

  • The 'Step into Research' Programme is an exciting new initiative by the School of Cancer Sciences. It provides an opportunity for undergraduate students who are considering a future career in research to obtain valuable work experience in a busy research laboratory during the summer vacation.
  • The aim of the scheme is to match students with placement supervisors, who then go on together to apply for a bursary to support the placement.
  • The programme will run during the 2015 summer vacation and is aimed at students entering their final year at university in October 2015.

What does it involve?

  • Students will spend 6 - 10 weeks in the School of Cancer Sciences gaining practical laboratory experience.

Is funding available?

  • Bursaries around £200 per week are available for eligible students from a number of external funding bodies. (Bursary information).

What areas of research are available?

  • Students choose an area of research from the list sumitted by placement supervisors (Research Opportunities).

What is the application process for undergraduate work placements?

  • Students select an area of research of interest to them (a research theme) and submit an application for a work placement to the School of Cancer Sciences by Friday 16 January 2015.
  • Students with the best applications will be invited to meet with the relevant member(s) of Cancer Sciences staff to discuss possible projects.
  • Students selected for work placement will then complete an application for a bursary in conjunction with their placement supervisor.
  • Apply for a work placement

Kiran Chima., 2012 placement student "The best part of working in research was knowing that you are discovering something to improve the lives of others. I have learnt so much from this opportunity and the skills I have gained will help me with my future career."