Nottingham Summer Engineering Research Programme

The Nottingham Summer Engineering Research Programme (NSERP) was developed by the Faculty of Engineering to provide a simple and effective method of promoting research opportunities to our high achieving undergraduate students. 

NSERP students work in a supportive, learning environment under the guidance of an academic supervisor working on a current, exciting research project over the summer holidays. They have access to a wide range of technical facilities and labs, normally only used by postgraduate researchers.

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Experience has shown that students gain a great deal of benefit from research projects, especially when they are able to experience first-hand, the work of a researcher.

We will promote research projects linked to industry, providing that you have a link to a University of Nottingham academic who is willing to supervise the student throughout the project.

If you have any queries or would like more information about how you can get involved with NSERP, please contact get in touch!

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Why Get Involved?

Our NSERP projects provide an effective recruitment tool for potential employers. Only our top students are invited to apply for these projects, which are awarded on a competitive basis.

You will be able to interview a selection of students who are interested in your projects in order to choose those that are best suited to your needs.

You set the research parameters of the projects, providing a cost-effective way of undertaking valuable research with skilled students. The Faculty of Engineering undertakes all the necessary promotional and administrative work including advertising the projects to students.

NSERP also accepts outstanding students from other faculties or other Universities providing a diverse cohort of students to pick from!


The Programme

The projects last for either 8 or 10 weeks and provide the students with the opportunity of experiencing life as a researcher.

Students will have an academic supervisor from the University for the duration of the project who are responsible for setting achievable, clearly defined targets for the students to meet. They will also be responsible for supervising the students for the duration of their project and having regular meetings to discuss the progress of the project.

At the end of the programme, students are required to create a research poster highlighting the research work done during the project and their outcomes. In October, we hold a celebration event and display the posters for judging. Prizes are awarded for the best posters and sponsors are encouraged to join this event and even sponsor a prize if they wish. 


Student Disciplines

Students within the Faculty of Engineering come from a range of disciplines:

  • Aerospace
  • Built Environment (Architecture, Sustainable Built Environment)
  • Chemical and Environmental Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing (including design) Engineering 

Students outside Engineering, in Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Computer Science and other related subjects, are welcome to apply for our NSERP projects.

We also consider applications submitted by outstanding students from other Universities. 



Students are funded to undertake NSERP projects in line with national living wage.

In addition, travel expenses for projects undertaken off campus will also need to be paid (at a rate that you consider reasonable).



Faculty of Engineering

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

e: N-SERP@nottingham.ac.uk