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NEXUSS - Next Generation Unmanned Systems Science

Research Experience Placements Scheme

The NERC Research Experience Placement (REP) scheme is aimed at addressing the shortage of individuals with quantitative skills coming into environmental science. REPs provide an opportunity for undergraduate students in quantitative disciplines to engage in active research projects, enhancing their skills and gaining valuable experience of what it is like to be a postgraduate researcher in the environmental sciences.

Placement details

The NEXUSS CDT is offering two, 8-10 week placements across the partnership to be completed over the summer period (17 June – 25 Sept 2019). REPs are open to undergraduate students from across the UK and include a salary for work on supervised staff‑defined research projects.


The REPs will provide a salary, paid at no less than the minimum wage rate. The hourly rate may differ depending on the location of the placement, as employment procedures and processes will vary at each institution.

Hours per week may vary based on location, but the placement will be over a minimum of 8 weeks and a maximum of 10 weeks.

Supervisors may wish to find funds to top up cost in salary, and/or, for a Research and Training Support Grant (RTSG) if the project requires it. Total funding for individual REPs will be capped at £2500 and any additional costs incurred by the host organisation must be met from within research budgets.

Summary of Responsibilities

Supervisors are responsible for:

Students are responsible for:

Application Process


Supervisors from across the NEXUSS CDT partnership should submit their proposals electronically to using the REP Supervisor Proforma (below). Projects will be accepted up until the 11 March 2019.

Supervisors should clearly state the amount requested and the duration of the project.

Research Projects - The proposed REP projects must:

Projects will be verified for their suitability by the NEXUSS Steering Committee. Project supervisors will be notified of proposal acceptance by 15 March 2019, with projects advertised on the NEXUSS CDT website as soon as approved.

N.B. If your project is accepted the main supervisor or a representative must be available to evaluate the student applications/candidates between 13 - 17 May 2019.


Students should submit a REP Student Proforma (below), a brief CV (no more than 2 pages) and transcripts or tutor statement indicating your mark profile to

The following projects now open for application:

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The deadline for student applications is noon on the 10 May 2019. Applicants who wish to be considered before a full list of project titles have been made available are welcome to submit an application early and update their list of chosen projects as these become available.

Students will be selected by the NEXUSS Steering Committee and notified by 21 May 2019.

Eligibility of students - Selected students must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for a REP.

The students must:

Please note that in order for the applications to be considered you must submit:

  1. REP Student Proforma (application form)
  2. CV (no more than two pages)
  3. And transcript or tutor statement indicating your mark profile to


For any further information and guidance please contact the NEXUSS CDT team

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