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URSS and Department Affiliation

The Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS) allows maths undergraduates to participate in research, supervised by a member of staff, over 6-10 weeks in the summer vacation. The application deadline is 13th February 2022, but you should not leave applications to the last minute. There is an online application form and students and supervisors will have to work together to complete the form.

New to 2022: the URSS now features a public engagement strand, with a separate application form, but the same deadline as the research URSS.

URSS has multiple purposes including enabling undergraduate students to enhance both their research and transferable skills in a wider community, making the experience invaluable for a range of both academic and non-academic careers.

Examples of Projects in Mathematics

These can generally be found by ticking the "mathematics" box on the link below. Details of these projects are included to varying degrees. Note that projects since 2016 are not available: 

Affiliated Department Funding and LMS

As in recent years, the department will try to fund good applications (capped at £1,000) by maths students that do not get funded by the University. This also applies to any applications for the LMS scheme ( Those students funded by the department have to fully engage in the university URSS scheme as a condition of the departmental funding.

For Students

  • Students should approach staff to supervise a URSS project as early as possible - certainly some time in Term 1.
  • Students who leave it to the last week before the URSS deadline are however much more unlikely to be successful in finding a project supervisor.
  • All students must apply for a URSS award to be eligible for department funding.
  • We strongly encourage applications from female students as part of the Department's commitment to the Athena Swan principles, in particular addressing the under-representation of women at all levels in mathematics.
  • All successful URSS applicants (including those who are funded by the department) must fully engage with all elements of the URSS process and experience.

Application Form for Students and Supervisors

The application form for URSS and the student and staff guidance are available from the linked URSS page.

The Application Review Process section in both the staff and student guidance lists the assessment criteria:
1. Personal/Career Impact
2. Quality
3. Research Culture
4. Research Impact
5. Value for money

Please complete the application form carefully with this in mind to maximise the chances of a successful application.

Please note the following:

  • If you do not know the exact dates for the project, please put indicative dates for the appropriate length of time.
  • A realistic and thorough funding breakdown is required on the form (see below). Amendments cannot be made to a form once it has been submitted.

Notification of Funding Outcomes

Project supervisors will normally be made aware of the funding outcomes of the URSS scheme (including department funding where applicable) shortly after the outcomes of the URSS scheme have been made available (around the end of the Spring term). Students in receipt of university funding will also be notified directly by the URSS organisers.