Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP)
Authentic research experiences for
the list of projects is now available – please look for your college page from the list on the left.
If you have any questions please email us at CUROP@cardiff.ac.uk.
The CUROP programme provides summer placements for Cardiff University undergraduates in the University research environment. CUROP offers a stipend to support a student on a placement of up to eight weeks duration, working with supervision on staff-defined research projects. It is now considered to be one of the largest undergraduate research schemes in the UK.
All Schools are eligible to host CUROP placements and interdisciplinary opportunities are particularly welcome. Around 500 students have undertaken CUROP placements since 2008, working on such diverse projects as historical archival work, searches for new planets and cancer research (Lists of all the projects which have received funding through the scheme are available here).
“CUROP has exceeded our expectations. There is no doubt that both students and staff benefit from this scheme. The most rewarding aspect is the excitement for research generated in students being given an opportunity to be involved in real life projects. Hopefully some will be sufficiently inspired to become researchers of the future.” – Professor Teresa Rees
CUROP projects provide unique opportunities for students to sample live research, enhance their academic skills and make a more informed decision on furthering their research at postgraduate level. For researchers, CUROP scholars can contribute significantly to the initiation and progression of research projects and provide valuable additional staffing during the summer.
At the end of the summer, all CUROP students come together for a day to exhibit posters of their research, sharing their experiences and disseminating their research findings to the university audience. Further details about this event are available on this page. See the video below for details about a project which ran in the School of Chemistry during 2013.
- Fully funded projects: up to £1600
- Half funded projects: up to £800
CUROP funds are intended to provide a student stipend for the duration of the project: in 2016, the standard rate is £200 per week for up to 8 weeks. Consumables and other costs associated with research must be met from research budgets and are not included in CUROP funding.
Summary of responsibilities
Responsibilities of Staff
- Supervise the CUROP scholar throughout the course of the project;
- Provide appropriate training necessary for the safe and successful completion of the project;
- Ensure adequate space and equipment is available;
- Give support and guidance on the dissemination of research outcomes.
Responsibilities of Students
- Commit to the complete term of the project, whether full time or part time;
- Engage fully with the research project and maintain contact with supervisor;
- Produce a poster and complete a survey on their CUROP experience;
- Attend an exhibition of the CUROP posters at the end of their project term (usually October/November).
Staff: Further information about the application process can be found on the Application Guidance page; supervisors are strongly advised to use the downloadable template to help prepare applications before using the online form.
Students: CUROP applications must be completed by Supervisors, however if you are a student and have a research area that you are interested in, then please strike up a conversation with a potential supervisor in your school and tell them about CUROP. Alternatively if you want to wait and see what opportunities there are we will publish a list of projects that wish to recruit students just before Easter. This will include information about how you can go about applying for funding.
If you wish to be added to our mailing list to receive further updates please contact: CUROP@cardiff.ac.uk.
“Absolutely fantastic experience. The opportunity to get involved in a large research team has really opened up my eyes to a career involving research.” – CUROP student
“Amazing experience, huge impact on my development and a great insight into research projects. Would recommend the CUROP scheme to any Cardiff student, great experience” – CUROP student
For any further information and guidance on the CUROP scheme please contact CUROP@cardiff.ac.uk or alternatively:
Curriculum Design Officer
Phone: +44(0)29 208 76472
Dr Nathan Roberts
Head of Education Support and Curriculum Design Manager
Phone: +44(0)29 208 79219
Page last updated: 6 April 2016