Undergrad­uate Research Scholarship Scheme

Your Research Project

Our Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS) gives all second-year students the chance to take part in a funded and supported research project. It is their opportunity to develop new knowledge and skills and to focus in-depth on an area of personal research interest. They also work more directly with academic staff and have the opportunity to become more familiar with established research projects. Please note that applications to the 2021 scheme are now closed.

To date over 300 students have benefited from the scheme, producing over 200 projects. The research-outcome posters for the 201920182017 and 2016 schemes illustrate the excellent research undertaken in previous years.

This year’s URSS conference will take place on Wednesday 3 November 2021 from 1pm onwards. Further details coming soon.

Imagination and innovation: Research for a more sustainable future

This year the URSS had a focus on research related to sustainability and all the project proposals needed to align to one or more of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs cover a wide range of topics providing opportunities for students across all parts of the University. Projects could focus on an international development challenge in a Global South country, but equally, it might have been a small scale, applied project which addressed a key issue in Derby or in a home area. Projects were not restricted to just those focusing on environmental issues; sustainability is a wide-ranging concept as reflected in the diversity of the SDGs.

Two funding streams

This year there was a maximum of £20,000 available to fund up to 30 projects. This funding was divided evenly between two streams: