Sixth Former Pippa Hawkley has won a Nuffield Research Placement at the University of Northampton this summer where she will work on a computer programming project.
Training will be provided on the ‘c-library for data structures’ assignment which will last for six weeks and will be overseen by Dr Abdeldjalil Bennecer, the senior lecturer in engineering at the school of science and technology.
Pippa, who has just completed the Engineering Education Scheme applied for the placement after hearing about it in assembly. Nuffield Research Placements are awarded to over 1,000 students across the UK each year, giving them the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologies, engineers and mathematicians.
Pippa, who is studying maths, physics and chemistry at A Level will be awarded travel expenses plus £80 a week for the six week placement. She said: ‘My Engineering Education project has recently finished so I was looking to further all the work experience I already have in engineering. This is a completely different form of engineering.
'All the training will be provided and it will be a case of researching it and learning it before the outset of the project which I plan to do in Term 5 after my exams have finished. I have got some idea of civil engineering, which is what I did for my engineering education scheme but I have no experience of data programming so I am looking forward to learning something completely new. Dedication at this stage is the only thing that will get you far later on.
'I am looking at doing a higher apprenticeship in engineering rather than going to university. I am more into mechanical and design engineering but I want to experience every part of it, so this placement will be a fantastic insight and opportunity for me.’