Your research project
Our Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS) gives our second-year students the chance to take part in a fully funded and supported research project.
It is your opportunity to develop new knowledge and skills and to focus in depth on an area of personal research interest. You can also work more directly with academic staff and get involved with established research projects. Successful project proposals receive fully funded bursary support of £2,000 per project.
URSS Conference 2018
On Thursday 4 October, the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) will host more than 40 student researchers at the University of Derby’s Kedleston Road site to give them the opportunity to share their research findings and experience of the scheme with their peers. The conference is also open to staff and student delegates - the agenda is as follows:
- 11 - 11.30 am - registration, refreshments and poster display (Atrium)
- 11.30 am - 1 pm - welcome, keynote speakers and researcher presentations (OL1 Lecture Theatre)
- 1 - 2 pm - lunch, networking, poster display and Post Graduate Research info point (Atrium)
- 2 - 3 pm - researcher presentations and closing remarks (OL1 Lecture Theatre)
The conference will provide the opportunity to complete the full cycle of research activity as our student researchers will share and disseminate their findings with a poster display and presentations. The research-outcome posters for the 2018 scheme are now available to view. The posters from 2016 and 2017 also illustrate the excellent research undertaken in previous years.
If you wish to attend the conference as a delegate please book using the form below. Bookings close at 4 pm on Tuesday 2 October.
Why get involved?
Our URSS 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 experience is extremely valuable and worthwhile, as highlighted by students completing URSS projects in 2017:
"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 2019 scheme, including the application form, guidance, relevant timelines and key dates, will be available in the autumn.
Any queries or questions regarding the URSS can also be sent to email@example.com