GGE-UROP - Information for staff

This page provides information to staff interested in submitting projects for students to undertake.

The GGE-UROP is managed within the school and is designed to offer our students the opportunity to gain experience in the research environment by undertaking projects which cover all disciplines across GGE. The projects should provide middle year students (those students not in their first or last years) with the chance to work on real research. The projects can run across the year; working patterns and hours are outlined by the supervisor and then mutually agreed with the student before the project is undertaken. If projects are undertaken in semester, time spent on the projects must not exceed a few hours per week and fluctuating levels of engagement from students should be expected; consider this when proposing projects. The beginning of the project is likely to be a steep learning curve for the student, it is essential, therefore that close supervision can be given during the early stages. As the project continues supervision should be regular, with the optimal meeting occurrence being agreed between staff and students.

These projects exist to be mutually beneficial; for the students they have the opportunity to participate in the research environment, for staff they could enable you to run a pilot project towards a grant application, support a section of an ongoing project, develop students who might continue under your supervision in their studies, and help disseminate your research and its impact to the student cohort.

These placements are not currently funded through the GGE-UROP; supervisors are encouraged to apply for any other source of funding which are relevant to their discipline. Local funding might also be an option (e.g. GGE Research Centre – funds for research support). Students in receipt of funding from other sources are welcome on the GGE-UROP. There will also be projects which can run essentially ‘unfunded’, particularly if these are part of an existing project or the materials and data needed are freely available.

Some brief guidelines on the types of project, and project outlines are:

  • Projects should develop students personal, professional and research skills, authentic research topics and activities (including some explanation of the research process) are necessary. Administration or logistical tasks should be kept to a minimum. The type of work to be undertaken should be outlined in your project offer;
  • all projects must be advertised openly, through the GGE-UROP. You are welcome to set a “module result averages” (MRA) threshold for any project. The complexity of the research project should dictate this (i.e. more challenging projects would have a higher MRA threshold which the student would need to be averaging e.g. 70%). The MRA is to be used as a guideline and supervisors are welcome to accept student with lower MRAs if they are sufficiently happy with a student’s CV, and in exceptional circumstances, interview;
  • supervisory teams are welcome (second supervisors etc.), this can include PhD and postgraduate Masters students, as long as the member of staff is Principal Investigator;
  • student projects can be as varied as you wish, they can be lab, desk or field based;
  • as students will require supervision, you should endeavour to plan the project so that both yourself and the student can agree to a work plan;
  • projects should include authentic and genuine research, if a student on a placement makes significant contributions to an area of study (data collection, analysis, interpretation etc.) they should be offered authorship or acknowledgements on any resulting publications. Should the project result in novel, but limited results, the student should be encouraged to publish their work (in collaboration with the supervisor) in a suitable journal (e.g. The Student Journal of Natural Sciences);
  • Projects should be designed with time commitments to both students and staff as a priority. Projects that take place within semesters should be designed to last approximately 10-20 hours per semester (with no longer than a morning or afternoon in any single week). Projects outside of semester (i.e. within the summer break) should be comprised of at least 10 hours of research, these projects could potentially last for weeks (e.g. fieldwork based projects). Student commitment to a project must be agreed with all participating students before projects commence;
  • there is no pressure to provide students with projects, by centralising, and formalising the process (via the GGE-UROP), students can see which projects are available from which staff. As all projects must be advertised, if students approach you asking for you to work with them on a project not currently offered, please bare this in mind. In order for the work to be recognised on the students HEAR, it must be part of the GGE-UROP.

Projects will only be advertised on the GGE-UROP webpages if the proposal meets the following criterion:

  • The project will provide the student the opportunity to develop their personal, professional and research skills and awareness;
  • An authentic research component (not just administration or logistical work);
  • Makes a valuable research contribution to the supervisor(s) work;
  • Time commitments to both students and staff have been properly considered, and comply with the suggested indicative times.

You are welcome to submit as many project proposals in a year as you wish – but please consider the supervision time that will be involved. Support for project proposals is available through the GGE-UROP officer.

GGE-UROP project application form

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