Sandwich Student Programme eligibility, funding and FAQs

Eligibility

We are looking for high calibre, motivated undergraduates, with backgrounds in a relevant subject (E.g. biological or biomedical sciences, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science). Our standard eligibility criteria:

  • Students should have completed their second year of undergraduate study in a relevant subject at a UK university,
  • Students must either be studying on an undergraduate programme for which a sandwich / industrial placement year is a formal part of the degree, or must be able to demonstrate that they may interrupt their studies for 12 months to undertake a placement,

Non-EU students at UK universities may apply, provided they can demonstrate that undertaking a sandwich / industrial placement year is a formal part of a four-year undergraduate programme and that their student visa allows them to undertake full-time paid work for one year.

Funding 

All students on the Crick Sandwich Student Programme will be awarded funding equivalent to the London Living Wage. 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Click on the list below and you will find answers to frequently asked questions.

If you have any other questions, please email student-recruitment@crick.ac.uk.

What is a sandwich placement?

What are the eligibility requirements?

Can students at universities outside the UK apply? 

How long is the Crick Sandwich Student Programme?

When will the Crick Sandwich Student Programme begin?

What hours will I be expected to work?

Will I get paid?

Will you provide me with a reference when I leave?

Do you provide accommodation or travel expenses throughout the programme?

What is the deadline for applications?

Who should I name as referees?

What will happen with my references?

When will I hear whether I will be invited to interview?

When are the interviews?

If I am invited to interview, will my travel and accommodation expenses be paid by the Crick?

What will happen at the interviews?

How will you contact me? 


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What is a sandwich placement?

A sandwich placement (also referred to as an industrial placement) is a formal work placement that makes up a four-year sandwich undergraduate degree. Placements are normally undertaken during the third year of the course. 

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What are the eligibility requirements?

Students should have completed their second year of undergraduate study in a relevant subject at a UK university. They must either be studying on an undergraduate programme for which a sandwich / industrial placement year is a formal part of the degree, or must be able to demonstrate that they may interrupt their studies for 12 months to undertake a placement.

Non-EU students registered at UK universities may apply, provided they can demonstrate that undertaking a sandwich / industrial placement year is a formal part of a four-year undergraduate programme and that their student visa allows them to undertake full-time paid work for year.

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Can students at universities outside the UK apply?

No, this programme is for students who are registered for a degree at, and studying full time at, a UK university. 

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How long is the Crick Sandwich Student Programme?

The programme runs for 1 year.

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When will the Crick Sandwich Student Programme begin?

The programme begins on 02 July 2018. However we are aware that some students may need to start slightly earlier or later than this date. 

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What hours will I be expected to work?

You are expected to work for 5 days a week for approximately 7.5 hours a day. Some flexibility may be required, depending on the nature of the experiments.

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Will I get paid?

Successful applicants will be awarded funding equivalent to the London Living Wage. 

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Will you provide me with a reference when I leave?

Yes, we will provide a reference if you request it.

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Do you provide accommodation or travel expenses throughout the programme?

No, we do not provide accommodation or travel expenses. You will be awarded funding that is equivalent to the London Living Wage, and that is expected to cover these costs.

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What is the deadline for applications?

The deadline for applications for the 2018 Sandwich Student Programme is 12:00 noon (GMT) Tuesday 14 November 2017.

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Who should I name as referees?

Who should I name as referees?

You must be able to provide contact details for two people who can provide a reference recommending you for a placement. At least one of these should be academic, i.e. an academic tutor, lecturer or equivalent, and at least one referee should be able to confirm that you are eligible to carry out a 1 year sandwich placement. You may also choose to nominate employers as referees.

We do not accept personal references.

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What will happen with my references?

We will contact your referees by email as soon as you submit your application, asking them to complete an online reference form. It is therefore important that you enter your referees' email addresses accurately and that you enter only one email address per referee on the application form. Please also ensure that there are no spaces at the beginning or the end of the email address when you enter it. We will not normally make changes to referee details after your application has been submitted.

The deadline for reference receipt is 12 noon (GMT) Tuesday 21 November 2017. Your application may be considered if references are not received by the deadline, however, we will not invite any applicant to interview without 2 references in place. It is important that you check, before you submit your application, that your referees will be able and willing to provide a reference within this timeframe.

You and your referee will receive an acknowledgement email once each reference has been submitted.

NOTE: if you leave your application until the closing date your referees will only have a short time to return your reference.

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When will I hear whether I will be invited to interview?

Shortlisted candidates will receive an emailed invitation to interview by 22 December - if you do not hear from us by this date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.

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When are the interviews?

Interviews will take place on Monday 12 February 2018 - you will required to spend the full day at the Crick. For more information, please see below. 

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If I am invited to interview, will my travel and accommodation expenses be paid by the Crick?

Yes, we will pay for your accommodation (if needed) and reasonable travel expenses from your term time address if you are invited to interview.

Travel arrangements:

Information on travel arrangements will be provided to candidates upon invitation to interview.

Accommodation:

If you require accommodation, we will arrange and pay for a single room at a hotel in central London on the night of 11 February 2018. You will be asked about accommodation requirements if you are invited to interview.

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What will happen at the interviews?

You will be given more information on this if you are invited to interview.

Briefly, you will learn more about the Crick and the Crick Sandwich Student Programme, meet some students and have a 1:1 interview(s) with supervisors interested in hosting you for your sandwich placement.  

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How will you contact me?

Throughout the application and interview process, we will contact you using the email address that you give on your application form; so please check it regularly. We may also use your telephone contacts.

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