Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme

Announcing URSS 2018

The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2018 Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS) - an opportunity for students in their second undergraduate year to engage with a fully funded and supported research project. It’s a chance to be part of a research team working from the end of teaching in May through to late-September 2018. 

The scheme was established in 2014 and has been identified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) as an institutional feature of good practice 'which enables participating students to strengthen their academic, personal and professional skills' (Higher Education Review of the University of Derby, April 2016). The research outcome posters from 2016 and 2017 illustrate the excellent research faciltated by the scheme.

For the first time this year the final research outcomes will be presented at a dedicated URSS conference at Kedleston Road on 4 October 2018

Applications are now closed.

Why get involved?

Successful project proposals receive fully funded bursary support of £2,000 per project and up to £200 for expenses. It’s a chance for 2nd year students 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 2017, the experience is extremely valuable and worthwhile:

"The URSS is a great scheme which allows you to follow an area of interest in a way that can prepare you for future investigative projects. It is worth every minute of your time..”

“A fantastic opportunity to enhance your employability, increase your academic skills and a platform to prepare yourself for your final year Independent Study. I can't recommend URSS highly enough..”

"The URSS scheme was extremely beneficial. It has significantly eased the transition into my final year and independent study. The Learning and Teaching Conference has also opened up great contacts in schools and colleges who have asked me to go in and present my research to their students"

"Having a research project of this nature under your belt when you graduate gives you an edge. It is a fantastic experience where you feel more independent and like a "proper" researcher. It is a good feeling having discovered worthwhile information which stakeholders are interested in"

"The URSS project was a fantastic experience and taught me things I didn't know. It was a fun way to continue my work over summer and to apply what I had learned over the years to a real work case, as well as contribute to the academic information already out there"

"An invaluable experience to build vital research skills"

How to get involved

Further details of the scheme including the application form, guidance, relevant timelines and key dates are available.

Any queries or questions regarding the URSS can also be sent to urss@derby.ac.uk