The scheme provides exciting opportunities for 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 500 students to date. The scheme is managed by the Careers Centre and is financed by the University, with additional support from Schools and the Annual Fund.
As a member of staff, a UROP project 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 Principal Investigator, providing students with the opportunity to develop their research skills and academic knowledge. It can also develop students who may wish to continue to research degrees under your supervision.