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Researcher placement scheme website launch

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16 November 2009

School placement scheme Researchers in Residence has launched its newly revamped website (see external links). The new site now allows researchers and schools to apply online and get their placements underway in double quick time.

The scheme is funded by Research Councils UK and the Wellcome Trust.

The programme accepts researchers from all disciplines, ranging from the physical sciences to the arts and social sciences, including cross-disciplinary subjects such as biomimetics, the study of the structure and function of biological systems as models for the design and engineering of materials and machines.

Researchers in Residence places academic researchers in host secondary schools across the UK. Everyone benefits; researchers develop teaching and public engagement skills by running fun and interactive activities related to their work; teachers gain from extra classroom support; while students get an opportunity to experience real research and link it to classroom theory.

The scheme website includes new case studies and researcher profiles to showcase previous Researcher in Residence placements and illustrates the benefits of participation. Scheme manager, Dr Alexandra Humphris-Bach said: “By hosting researchers, teachers bring a positive role model into the classroom who will, with little extra effort, help enrich the curriculum.”

Commenting on her experience of the scheme, Tamsin Langley, a former Researcher in Residence stated: “It is a really good way for new researchers to get experience of public speaking and build their confidence. You could organise an outreach activity by yourself, but you would not get the training and support that you do through the programme.”

Researchers in Residence is open to all researchers and to UK secondary schools funded directly or indirectly by one of the UK research councils or the Wellcome Trust.

Researchers or schools that are interested in finding out more should visit the Scheme’s website or call the helpline on 0845 365 7470.


Notes to editors

Images and case studies available on request.

External contact

Paul Fisher
tel: 0870 190 6703


Matt Goode, Head of External Relations

tel: 01793 413299

Tracey Jewitt, Media Officer

tel: 01793 414694
fax: 01793 413382