Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP)

UROP - Notes for ALL Students

The UROP scheme is set up to allow Cambridge University undergraduates NOT in their final year of study The UROP scheme is set up to allow Cambridge University undergraduates NOT in their final year of study an opportunity to gain an insight into the research being undertaken by the world-class academics that teach you. It also provides an opportunity for you to develop some of the technical and transferable skills required in research activities, and by many other graduate careers. UROPs have been very popular with students in the past and you should note that competition for places is high.

The Placements operate during the Long Summer Vacation. A list of the (UROP projects on offer is available. Project details are continually added and each advert will up updated once the post has been filled.

You can choose to apply for any of the UROPs on offer including those outside your own Department.

Some UROP projects are funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) or Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and due to the criteria imposed by them, the positions are restricted to European Union (EU) nationals only. Some NON EU nationals might be eligible by virtue of being "ordinarily resident" in the UK other than for purposes of study (see Eligibility criteria on the EPSRC website).

Some projects may be marked "subject to funding" and therefore may not run as the funds may not be forthcoming.

A link is provided by each title to enable you to email the supervisor of any project that interests you. You can contact them for further information to enable you to decide whether you want to apply or not. Some supervisors will set a deadline for applications, and then consider who they want select; others may offer their projects on a first-come-first-served basis. (Note: Expressing interest at this point does not tie you to taking on a project, nor does it tie the supervisor to offering it to you!)

UROP students are normally awarded a bursary of 250 per week to cover accommodation costs and expenses. Individual departments or funding sources may set a different rate for example, NERC only support UROP places at 200 per week. The normal duration of a UROP placement is 10 weeks, though shorter or longer projects may be supported at the discretion of the supervisor. Students on the scheme are deemed to be receiving training hence there are no deductions for Income tax or National Insurance from the bursary. Conversely there will be no holiday pay, holiday allowance or other such benefits.

Once a student has been selected, arrangements for project administration will differ for each Department.
For ENGINEERING see the notes below.
For all other Departments ask the designated contact given on the Main Page Click here for the list of contacts

Project organisation and Administration For STUDENTS SELECTED FOR ENGINEERING PROJECTS

Administrative responsibility for UROP in CUED lies with ( Ms Vicky Houghton )Click to e-mail. The CUED academic co-ordinator is Dr Hugh Shercliff (Dr Hugh Shercliff) Click to e-mail. Students are welcome to raise any queries with either of them.

C U E D Industrial Experience Requirement

Some UROPs may take place in conjunction with local research companies. In these cases it is probable that you can use your work to count towards any CUED Industrial Experience requirement for your course. It is also possible that technologically related projects in CUED and other Departments may qualify. Engineering students can contact Ms Houghton to discuss this. For Engineers currently completing their 3rd year, some UROPs may have related 4th year projects on offer. This may be indicated on the project outline, but feel free to ask your UROP supervisor.

Discuss and agree with your supervisor the start and end dates for your project, and arrange any (unpaid) holiday breaks.

All students must complete the registration process via Vicky Houghton, regardless of their source of funding (including self-funded students). To register, you need to complete some forms with your supervisor and return these to Ms Houghton before the start of the project.

CUED UROP bursaries will be paid directly into your bank account you need to provide details via the UPS3 form in the UROP document set.

You will negiotiate your schedule of work with your supervisor at the start of the project.

Students are expected to work to an acceptable technical standard. Supervisors retain the right to terminate appointments, if performance remains below the required standard, following due warning. Students should also note that their UROP will be terminated immediately if they cease to be registered for the following academic year (e.g. by withdrawing from the Tripos).

As a UROP student, you will also undertake a few simple commitments:

If you have any queries about the operation of the UROP scheme within CUED please contact Ms Vicky Houghton