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NOTICE: The 2020-2021 (i.e. summer 2021) scheme will not be opening for applications as usual at the end of Michaelmas Term 2020.  As it stands, we will not proceed with any European placement plans for summer 2021.  In the Spring we will revisit the scheme to see if we are able to offer any placements within UK industry or in-house.  More information will be circulated to eligible students next term if there is any progress on the situation.

Each year, a number of students undertake research projects in the Department over the summer.

This year there are more project titles than we currently have funding for so not all projects will be allocated, which will be dependent upon the applicant and their project selection.

Students interested in such projects should list up to three of them, in ranked order of preference. The funding for these placements may come from one of the EPSRC summer studentships allocated to the Department or from elsewhere. Students may wish to contact supervisors of projects in which they have an interest, to check on exactly how they are likely to work, from both financial and other points of view. In any event, it will be made clear how they will be funded and administered once applications for projects have been approved.

Research projects in the Department may last 6-8 weeks depending upon funding source.  Normally, students stay in their Colleges.  It is expected that students will be engaged as temporary workers, as advised by the University in summer 2019, and will receive at least the national minimum wage per hour.  Students will be expected to pay income tax and national insurance contributions on their gross earnings where due.  Right to Work in the UK rules apply.  This arrangement may be subject to change if the University makes any revisions to how departments should handle summer projects of this type.

At the end of the placement, the student will be asked to complete a placement report form which includes detailing general costs incurred in relation to travel and accommodation and a personal rating of the project undertaken - for Department records.  The student may also have to write a 1-2 page non-technical report on their project depending upon the source of the bursary funding.

NOTICE - Coronavirus - Nov 2020

The CaMPUS scheme is under review as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.  We are not able to commence plans to send students on European placements due to rapidly changing travel and work restrictions, and we will review the viability of UK based placements with the hosts and the University of Cambridge in the spring. Thank you for your understanding.