SATRO Research Work Placements
 Year 12 Students undertake a  STEM based research project, working within an employer or academic research environment. The placement runs for up to four weeks during the Summer, enabling students to work alongside qualified professionals and experts. 
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Year 12
2021 Placements
We usually deliver this programme in person but last year as a result of COVID this programme was moved rapidly to a virtual participation which allowed greater participation.  So in 2021 we continued this approach as companies and research organisations were unable to accept students into their premises and a majority of staff were still home working.  

This summer we were therefore able to offer:

  • 15 project providers from industry and research organisations
  • 30 research project titles for students
  • 100 student applicants
  • 69 student placement offers made
  • 49 students started and completed the 2-4 week virtual placements

All students were given access to:
  • Google Classrooms set up for each project through SATRO or the host organisation. 
  • Our RWP project manager supported applications, assignment of projects and introduced each student to their provider and supported meetings.
  • Access to programme online materials to support their learning: research techniques, online presentation, advice on research posters and interview techniques.
  • The opportunity to undertake a virtual interview practice with either a trustee or CarVal corporate volunteer.
  • Partnering with Savvney we have also been able to offer them a discount on online training for money advice as they plan to make their first steps to independence. 
We would like to thank our providers:   ANS, Armstrong Holland, Beard Construction, CGL, CNOOC, Imperial College, Legal & General, Pfizer, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, Surrey IDEA, Surrey Ion Beam, Surrey Wildlife Trust, TRUEinvio, and WSP.
Are you interested in applying for 2022?

Are you in the first year of Sixth Form and passionate about STEM or know students who may find this of interest.  Why not find out more about a placement for the summer of 2022?   It is completely free to participate and we can help with any additional costs eg IT or travel.  Your application must be supported by a teacher.  Why not find out more - email us at the link below.

Please check back in February 2022 for further information on these placements. 

"The extended work placement gave me a valuable insight into what research in a STEM subject might be like, which helped me in considering career choices and the possibility of post graduate study."  - SATRO Research Placement Student 
Volunteer as a Placement Provider
Each year we welcome organisations that can offer a Research Project placement to a Year 12 (1st year A-Level or Level 3 equivalent) student over the summer holiday.  We ask you to provide one or more project titles that would interest students and provide research in your area of business or contribute to your ongoing work whilst giving real insight to scientific research.

Since 2020 this scheme has been running virtually with each Provider offering a 2-4 week period for the project.  It is our hope that in 2022 we will be able to add site visits for students to the Provider dependent on availability of staff and risk assessments.

SATRO will act as a guide throughout, provide an online classroom space to share thoughts and documents, offer students guidance materials to support their work, compile feedback and attend virtual launch and presentations.

Organisations can offer a project coordinator who will lead the placement or integrate SATRO students into an existing team or alongside other students.   We have students joining us from schools and colleges across Surrey and beyond from a range of schools and backgrounds - we are fully inclusive and work with organisations such as the Higher Education Outreach Network to encourage students who may not otherwise have access to such opportunities.
Find out more about being a Placement Provider