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Mike Hall, Head of Research, is to be one of the judges at this year’s Nuffield Celebration Event, held in Manchester today.

Mike was asked to be a judge following on from his success in the Nuffield Research Placement Scheme, which has so far seen two students undertake projects at GBB.

Held at the University of Manchester, the event gives an opportunity to the students to display what they have achieved during their Nuffield placements, involving 4-6 week projects in universities and companies around the region.

Mike, along with the other judges, will visit up to five projects (individual students or groups working on the same project) where the students will give a short presentation on their involvement.

All of the projects will be of sufficient standard to achieve the Gold CREST Award, and all of the students have entered the British Science Association CREST Award. CREST is a national award scheme – endorsed by UCAS – recognising success, building skills and demonstrating personal achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

Last year alone, over 30,000 CREST Awards were undertaken, giving 11-19yr olds opportunities to explore real-world projects in an exciting way.

This year’s event will be officially opened by Professor Steve Watts of Physics and Astronomy.

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GBB is now working alongside the Nuffield Placement Scheme in helping young students to experience a professional research environment.

Using work placements, students will be invited to GBB to undertake research projects in Physics and/or Engineering. Whilst here, they will shadow experts at inspections, assist in current research ventures and carry out their own project.

The Nuffield Placement Scheme is a charitable trust established in 1943 by William Morris, Lord Nuffield, the founder of Morris motors. The scheme helps over 1000 students each year with the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians (STEM).

Work placements are being given the go-ahead after Dr David Ward, manager of the scheme, visited GBB and thought it was a “fantastic company” and was eager for us to get involved.

With our commitment to STEM education, our involvement with the scheme is a great way for GBB to impart knowledge, lend support, and enhance students’ Personal Development Plans.

GBB currently has a student on work placement who is undertaking a mathematical project in vehicle collisions, which will be presented at a national Nuffield event later in the year. It is hoped that the student’s work at GBB will lead to a CREST award. Run by The British Association for the Advancement of Science, ‘CREST’ is a well-known and nationally recognised reward which helps bridge the gap between science in the classroom and the ‘real’ world.