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Nuffield Foundation

Nuffield Research Placements Online System (NRP)

Schools database, Index of multiple deprivation, Online forms, Workflow and management system, Placement provider screens, More than 3,000 student applications processed annually, Bulk e-mail integration


The Nuffield Foundation have run a placement program for STEM students for a number of years. This program enables students to improve their understanding of working in STEM fields with the objective of increasing the number of students gaining employment in STEM related vocations. The success of their scheme led Nuffield to look at replacing their paper-based scheme with a new online system. Nuffield knew what they wanted and were able to create a detailed functional specification. Following a rigorous tendering process they chose to engage Panlogic to design build and support the new system. Integral to the system is a set of custom online forms with a workflow and management package, and a set of interfaces for placement providers.

What we did

This project involved a custom development built in PHP using MySQL web servers in addition to the following:

  • Integrated mail server for bulk emailing
  • Wireframing and clickable prototype
  • Custom database of UK and NI schools
  • Postcode based index to deprivation rankings

All requirements were delivered to tight deadlines with high visibility and phased delivered.

In addition to this we provided the following services:


– Requirements gathering, solicitation and definition;

– Business, functional and technical specifications;

– Acceptance Criteria

– Prioritisation and phasing of agreed elements to be built

– User testing and research

– User Scenarios, journeys

– Interactive (wireframed) Proof of Concepts & Prototypes


Design & Build:

– Information Architecture

– User Experience

– Other systems Integration

– Design concepts

– Design Templates

– Front-end build (HTML & CSS);

– Back-end build

– Integration (of all the above);

– Testing & QA

– Hosting, Deployment & go-live;

– Training

– Project Management


Managed Services:

– Hosting

– Infrastructure support

– Application support

– Maintenance

– Managed Services audit (investigation) and migration


The Placements Online System delivered the following benefits:

  • Automated application process: Enhanced ability of the central and regional staff to administer the scheme more efficiently by tracking applications in real time and assessing where targeted support is needed to encourage further applications from schools in disadvantaged areas
  • Improved accessibility for students registering, increase in applications (5,732 in 2014) and significant increase in completed applications (70%)
  • Systematic year-on-year analysis and trending in a way that was not previously possible

Client Comment

“… the increased number of registrations (5,732 in 2014) and the 70% increase in completed applications from the previous year are significantly explained by the introduction of the new system. With the system going live earlier this year, this should help even further to increase the number of applications.”

Manager, Nuffield Research Placements

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