We often think of the UROP scheme as a useful way to engage students in our subject specific research, but it is also possible to apply for UROP funding if you are undertaking pedagogical research. Some years ago, for example, I was able to work with two UROP students as they explored our use of learning capture and screencasting across the university, work which led to conference papers and journal articles. So, it is worth considering this scheme if you are carrying out research into teaching and learning but feel restrained by lack of time and resources.
I have copied the details of this year’s scheme below:
Welcome to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) offers undergraduate students the chance to gain hands-on research experience on projects covering all disciplines across University.
The scheme provides exciting opportunities for undergraduate students in the middle years of their degree (i.e. not first or final year students) to work on real research projects alongside academic researchers at the university. Our research projects last six weeks over the summer break, or can be part-time over a longer period, and those students involved with the scheme will receive a bursary of £1,320. UROP has been in place at Reading since 2006 and has supported over 600 students to date. The scheme is managed by Careers and is financed by the University, with additional support from Schools and Departments.
As a student… this can make a significant contribution to your transferable skills, employability and understanding of the research environment. Your hours can be used towards the RED award.
As an academic…UROP could enable you to run a pilot project for a research grant application, enhance the knowledge and/or awareness of the School/Department, or support a discrete section of an existing project for which you are PI. This project could also develop students who may wish to continue to research degrees under your supervision.
Key Dates for UROP 2018:
UG Research Showcase Event
Wednesday 14th November, 1-3.30pm, 3Sixty (RUSU)
Come along and see some of the fantastic research that has been taking place this summer.
Key Dates for UROP 2019:
Staff applications for UROP 2019 are now open – see ‘For Staff, Applying’.
UROP Staff Information session
This session is for staff who are new to the scheme, whether they are new to the University or if they just haven’t been a part of the scheme before. It will give staff a chance to find out all about UROP, how the programme/application process works and an opportunity to listen to previous experiences from other members of staff.
Bookings should be made through the Employee Self-Service Learning web pages (lunch will be provided). The session will run on the following date:
- Wednesday 7th November 1-2pm, HBS G03
Student applications for UROP 2019 will open in February 2019.
Students can register their interest here to sign up to our mailing list and stay up to date with all the latest UROP information.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.