URSS - Learning Enhancement - University of Derby


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Announcing URSS 2017

We are pleased to announce the launch of The 2017 Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS) which is an opportunity for students in their second undergraduate year to engage with a fully funded and supported research project. It’s a chance to work full time on research over a period of 4-6 weeks between the end of teaching in May and July 2017, and to present research findings to an expert audience. This year, as well as being open to student-led proposals and projects developed in dialogue between students and staff, a series of established project opportunities will be made available linked to key departments at the University and the local community.

Why get involved?

Successful project proposals receive fully funded bursary support and up to £200 for expenses including travel. It’s a chance to develop new knowledge and skills and to focus in depth on an area of personal research interest. It’s also a chance to work more directly with academic staff and to get involved with established research projects. As highlighted by students completing URSS projects in 2016, the experience is extremely valuable and worthwhile:

"The URSS is a fantastic opportunity for students to research a topic of interest, resulting in the acquisition of a vast array of skills, some of which include: critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making.”

“Doesn´t have to become an experience that influences your approach to your study and career - but probably will.”

How to get involved

Full details of the scheme including relevant timelines and key dates will be published in January 2017 including an online proposal submission process. Launched formally in the first teaching week of the Spring semester in the third week of January, proposals will be due for submission in the week beginning Monday 20th February.  

URSS project proposals require clearly defined Project Aims (What you hope to achieve), Objectives (How you will achieve your aims), a Rationale (Clear explanation why the project is interesting or relevant), a Project Title, and Timeline or project plan. To develop a proposal, it is a good idea to discuss directly with academic staff in the first instance. You can also review the URSS web pages for information about projects from previous years.

Further information and guidance will be made available on this page in January 2017. 

Please direct any queries or questions to the dedicated URSS email account at – urss@derby.ac.uk

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