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The Undergraduate Research Support Scheme enables Warwick undergraduate students to carry out a non-assessed, self-directed 6-10 week research project, with supervision from a Warwick academic.

You can apply for a bursary of up to £1500 to contribute to your living expenses and other associated costs whilst carrying out your project.

Read stories of past URSS participants here.

A total of 25 URSS places have been ringfenced for the PATHWAY programme, with successful candidates benefiting from additional mentoring.

Prospective students should undergo the usual URSS application route.

Networking and Community Building Activities  

The National Centre for Research Culture will hold networking opportunities for researchers participating in the PATHWAY URSS scheme, through workshops and mentoring.

Please email with any queries, or if you are supervisor interested in hosting a PATHWAY URSS student.

To gain a place on the PATHWAY programme, applicants should be

  • Black - African
  • Black - Caribbean
  • Black - Other
  • Mixed - White/Black Caribbean
  • Mixed - White/Black African
  • Other - Any other Black background

Choosing a project and supervisor:

Your research topic can be an area you are interested in. It doesn’t have to be related to your degree programme or department. You can come up with your own topic, or you can find out if there are any on-going research projects you could get involved with.

The URSS is interdisciplinary. You can choose to do it in a different department from your home department. You could have a supervisor from a different department too, or even have two supervisors from different departments.

For project ideas, browse the URSS project showcaseLink opens in a new window

You can also find a list of supervisors who are keen to take part in PATHWAY below:

Department Supervisor Project ideas Contact
WMG Dr Craig Carnegie

1) The team is purchasing a new joining capability, Flow Drill Screws.
I would like to do a small feasibility study of its capabilities once it arrives, to better understand its parameters.


2) I have done a large amount of work on Expanded Polypropylene, for passenger safety. I would like an up to date review of the research done, and then to identify where our work can be converted into papers and published.


3) I am on a Research Culture bid, focussed on providing work experience for young people. I would like an intern to help with summarising this years achievements and compiling a close out report.


Giving young people a taste of STEM | University of Warwick
Chemistry Prof Richard Walton Solid-state chemistry, spanning the synthesis and characterisation of inorganic materials and industrial applications in heterogeneous catalysis and energy



Economics Dr. Samuel Obeng
  • Political Economy
  • Public Finance
  • Intergovernmental fiscal relations
  • Globalisation
Samuel Obeng (

Languages, Education Dr Adreana Pastena

- Language practices, attitudes and ideology

- Multicultural and multilingual identity(es)

- Social interactions in multilingual contexts

- International students’ experiences

- Assessment and development of intercultural competences

- Language policy and planning in education



Chemistry Prof David Haddleton Polymer synthesis and catalysis.
Chemistry in flow, transdermal drug delivery, development of pressure sensitive adhesives, polymerisation of dienes, biodegradable polymers and polymers for use in personal care.
Prof David Haddleton (

Engineering Dr Alexander Darlington Biological systems modelling Dr Alexander Darlington | School of Engineering | University of Warwick