Undergraduate research opportunities

Welcome to The School of Geography, Geology and the Environment Undergraduate Research Opportunities programme (GGE-UROP). UROP allows students to gain invaluable experience of research outside of their immediate studies, whilst further enhancing skills and employability. This programme is especially beneficial for those considering postgraduate study, and those wanting to learn more about the Keele research community. 

These projects are undertaken with a member of staff within the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment. Due to the rich and varied nature of research across GGE there will be significant procedural differences between individual projects. Each project will provide a genuine insight into the academic research environment, providing opportunities to develop transferable skills, discipline specific skills and employability.  Different projects will require different approaches and time investment from both students and staff (projects in semester time should not be taking up more than a morning or afternoon per week) but are expected to involve at least 10 hours of commitment. Examples of projects types include: literature based, “desk-top” studies, lab experiments or field work. Projects may run across semesters and/or vacation periods, the exact details will be specified for each project with expected work hours agreed between student and staff.

Undertaking a GGE-UROP can:

  • develop subject specific knowledge and awareness, including techniques and methodologies;
  • introduce you into a research environment and culture away from assessment criteria based work;
  • contribute to your personal and professional development;
  • enhance and/or introduce transferable skills and experiences;
  • place you within a research team, potentially working alongside staff, Masters, MGeo and PhD students;
  • gauge what academic careers, further higher educational study (Masters, PhD) or research careers are like – and if they may, or may not, be on a career path that is right for you;
  • place you with a supervisor who you might work with in the future;
  • lead to publication opportunities;
  • be recognised on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR). 

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