A taste of academic life
24 October 2018
Students from across Cardiff University have had a taste of academic life on one of the largest undergraduate research initiatives in the UK.
The Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP) provides a unique opportunity for students and staff to work collaboratively on a research project over the summer break.
This year, researchers from Cardiff Business School succeeded in gaining funding for the School’s largest number of student placements to date.
With projects ranging from unreported crime to the impact and legacy of festivals, the programme gives undergraduates a chance to sample live research, enhance their academic and transferable skills and make a more informed decision on furthering their research at postgraduate level.
Pulling out all the stops
Jennifer Evans, former Research Office Manager at Cardiff Business School, said: “This is the biggest cohort we've ever had...”
This year’s 19 CUROP participants, drawn from Cardiff Business School and the Schools of Geography and Planning, Medicine, Biosciences, Physics and Astronomy and Journalism, Media and Culture, have benefited from increased exposure with posters promoting individual research projects, statistical computing training on ‘R’ and social events with current PhD students and supervisors.
The benefits of CUROP are not only student-focussed. For academic staff, CUROP can contribute significantly to the progression of research projects and provide valuable additional staffing during the summer.
Yan Chun Derek Li, a second year BSc Geography (Human) and Planning student from Hong Kong, said: “The opportunity to undertake research for the university is both new and valuable to me...”
Shaping the student experience
In addition to the 19 CUROP students hosted by Cardiff Business School, four Cardiff University Student Education Innovation Projects (CUESIP) are also underway.
CUSEIP projects enable students to work on learning and teaching enhancement projects that will help shape the student experience at Cardiff University.
Dr Jane Lynch, Director of Student Experience and Senior Lecturer in Supplier Management at Cardiff Business School, said: “This is a unique opportunity for students to have their say and work collaboratively to enhance their university experiences and those of their peers...”
At the end of the summer, CUROP and CUSEIP students from all academic schools come together for a day to exhibit posters of their research, sharing experiences and disseminating findings to the wider Cardiff University audience.
This year they’ll be displayed in Cardiff’s City Hall on Wednesday 24 October from 12:30 – 15:00.
Professor Malcolm Beynon, Associate Dean for Technology and Data at Cardiff Business School, said: “Each year I take part in these projects and I’m amazed by the enthusiasm and work ethic of the students...”