Application Form and Guidance

Welcome to the Undergradute Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS) 2019 application form and guidance. As a reminder the criteria for applications to the scheme are as follows:

Please review the following guidance covering each of the key areas of the URSS application prior to submisison. All queries should be directed to urss@derby.ac.ukIt is strongly recommend that you fully draft your application in a word processer and copy and paste into the form below. 

The primary focus of your research project is usually expressed in terms of aims and objectives. Remember you will be creating a poster as a visual representation of your research. Describe the problem the research will investigate. After writing your outline, refine the research objectives by describing the study problem in detail. If is recommended you discuss your research outline with your proposed supervisor.

What is the difference between an aim and an objective in an academic context?

Aim

  • An intention or aspiration; what you hope to achieve.
  • Aims are statements of intent, written in broad terms.
  • Aims set out what you hope to achieve at the end of the project.

Objective

  • A goal or a step on the way to meeting the aim; how you will achieve it.
  • Objectives use specific statements which define measurable outcomes. For example: what steps will you take to achieve the desired outcome?

Objectives should be S.M.A.R.T.:

  • Specific – be precise about what you are going to do
  • Measureable –you will know when you have reached your goal
  • Achievable – Don’t attempt too much. A less ambitious but completed objective is better than an over-ambitious one that you cannot possible achieve.
  • Realistic – do you have the necessary resources to achieve the objective? For example: time, money, skills, etc.?
  • Time constrained – determine when each stage needs to be completed. Is there time in your schedule to allow for unexpected delays?

How many aims or objectives should there be?

  • There are no fixed number of aims or objectives.
  • You will be required to produce sufficient objectives to be able to measure progress towards meeting the aim/s.

Compose a rationale, or justification for pursuing the particular research. The rationale describes why a particular problem is important to the profession, subject etc. It should also explain in detail how your research will be conducted. A well-constructed rationale demonstrates your awareness and understanding of your own field of study, problems facing his profession, and that as a ‘professional’ in the field, you the student can make a positive contribution which will improve the entire profession.

Remember to do the following when writing your Methodology:

  1. Explain what methods you intend to use when researching and developing your research.
  2. Use a descriptive writing approach. It is important to explain what research methods you used to collect your info.
  3. Do not include your questionnaires, interview transcripts, etc.
  4. Discuss with your proposed project supervisor the extent and level of detail required; original research will obviously require a more detailed description than a project based solely on secondary research.

 

When thinking about your project you will need to consider the aims of your project and how long it will take you to complete your research. Then you need to consider if it is feasible and realistic, your proposed supervisor will be able to help you with this.

Students may commence work on the scheme upon completion of their right to work check and responses to ethical conditions (if applicable). For most successful submissions this will most likely be in Mid-May to Early-June. However, the scheme is flexible as to when the research is undertaken during Mid-May to the end of September as long as the research outcomes are ready to present by the conference in early October (provisionally booked for the 4th October 2019). As a loose guide the £2,000 bursary equates to 254 working hours (based on the current minimum living wage of £7.85 p/h), or 31 days (based on 8 hours a day). This is only a guide however and the scheme does not prescribe minimum or maximum hours to be spent on a project.

 

 

Requests for Project Costs to support your project should only be submitted if the equipment or resources are not already available in your area. This in line with the importance of considering value for money for the University. All requested project costs should be listed with full justification, costings and links / quotes provided for the specific items. Any quotes should be attached using the 'choose file' function.

Any incomplete requests will be declined and no further requests for project costs can be accepted after the point of submission. Please note that due to financial regulations no project costs can be requested after project approval. Please bear this in mind and carefully consider your requirements at the point of application.

 

 

Ethical Considerations can be specified as one of the most important parts of your research. All proposals require a completed URSS Ethical Approval Form which should be attached at the point of submission. The form (along with your application) will be used by the URSS Ethics Approval Panel and the outome of the review included at the point of project approval.

It is recommended you discuss with your project supervisor about any ethical considerations for your project. You may wish to consider the following ten principles of ethical research:

  • Research participants should not be subjected to harm in any ways whatsoever.
  • Respect for the dignity of research participants should be prioritised.
  • Full consent should be obtained from the participants prior to the study.
  • The protection of the privacy of research participants has to be ensured.
  • Adequate level of confidentiality of the research data should be ensured.
  • Anonymity of individuals and organisations participating in the research has to be ensured.
  • Any deception or exaggeration about the aims and objectives of the research must be avoided.
  • Affiliations in any forms, sources of funding, as well as any possible conflicts of interests have to be declared.
  • Any type of communication in relation to the research should be done with honesty and transparency.
  • Any type of misleading information, as well as representation of primary data findings in a biased way must be avoided.

 

 

 

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