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 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.
A list of the UROPs to be offered for the current year is available (click here for those posted so far), Project details are continually added, but an Insertion Date is included in the description so that you can see how long the placement has been on offer.
You can choose to apply for any of the UROPs on offer – including those outside your own Department.
Some UROP placements are funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council ( EPSRC ) and due to the criteria imposed by them, the positions are restricted to European Union ( E U ) nationals only. Some NON E U 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!)
For some UROPs, you will undertake a specific project, with a beginning, a middle and an end within the 10 weeks. For others you will participate in a current research programme, joining an existing team. Start and completion dates are flexible - just ask the supervisor of the particular project you are interested in.
UROP projects take place during the Long Vacation (usually 10 weeks) and you will receive
a bursary of £2300 to cover your accommodation and other expenses, so it is not a salary.
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 ( Mr Igor Wowk )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 Qualification: Some UROPs may take place in conjunction with local research companies. In these cases it will be probable that you can use your work to count towards any C U E D Industrial Experience requirement for your course. It is also possible that the technologically related projects both in CUED and other Departments will also qualify, but others where the content is non technical may not. Engineering students can contact Mr Wowk to discuss this. Students from other subjects should ask their Department Administration Office for advice.
For Engineers currently completing their 3rd year, some UROPs may have related 4th year projects on offer. Where possible, this is indicated on this website, but feel free to ask your UROP supervisor.
You will then need to complete some forms with your supervisor and return these to Mr Wowk before the start of the project. These will include:
- a UROP coversheet
- a short (500 word) Project Proposal (see a 2005 sample of what's required)
- a basic Intellectual Property Rights Form
- a Risk Assessment Form To be filled in by the PROJECT SUPERVISOR
The two-page technical report must be submitted for signature to your supervisor at end of the scheme.
CUED UROP bursaries will be paid directly into your bank account. You need to fill in a form ( UPS3 ) to activate the system.
You will negiotiate your schedule of work with your supervisor at the start of the project.
Students should be available to work on their project circa 7/8 hours per day 5 days a week.
Students are expected to conform 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 failing in the Tripos examinations).
As a UROP student, you will also undertake a few simple commitments:
- To comply with University and Departmental safety rules, and laboratory best practice.
- To clarify Intellectual Property issues with the project supervisor, and to sign up to an IP agreement as appropriate.
- To submit a two-page technical report at the end of the UROP to document the work that you have done. This is for the benefit of both yourself and your supervisor, and reports will be collated in support of the UROP scheme continuing in future years. Please note that to encourage you to complete the report .......... no final report - no final bursary payment !! We are utterly stoney hearted and ruthless in enforcing this. Any monies left over will remain in the UROP pot.
- To complete a questionnaire if requested to help the University evaluate and develop the programme.
If you have any queries about the operation of the UROP scheme within CUED please contact Mr Igor Wowk Click to e-mail