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Undergraduate Research Assistantship Scheme

Awards will be made to researchers (not directly to the student) to allow them to provide an undergraduate with 'hands-on' experience of research during the summer vacation, to gain an insight into scientific research and to encourage them to consider an academic career.

The scheme is a prestigious award that marks out a student as a future researcher and potential academic. It is hoped that the senior researcher, to whom the award is made, will develop the student's potential and interest in research.

  • Applicants must be members of the Society who are active psychology researchers employed by a UK HEI, who may then appoint an undergraduate student who is finishing the penultimate year of their degree to become their Research Assistant in the summer break before the start of the final year of their degree.
  • To be eligible to receive a Research Assistantship award, students must be completing a Society accredited undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in psychology; be considering research as a career; be expecting to achieve a 2.1 or a 1st class degree; and be finishing the penultimate year of their degree and due to start their final year following the completion of the project.
  • The award provides a student stipend at a weekly rate of £200, for a 6-8 week project.

Further details, including the full criteria and an application form, can be obtained from the Board Administrator.

The scheme is now closed. The 2018 round will open for applications in November.

To find out more about how the scheme works in practice, take a look at Diving into the thick of things - an article that was published in the Careers section of the November 2009 edition of The Psychologist.

2016 Recipients 

We had a fantastic response this year, with 65 applications being received. The Research Board will be funding the following 13 projects.

  • Dr Deborah Riby (Durham University) will support Emma Reames and her project ‘Characterising outcome for individuals with Williams syndrome in the UK: Educational achievement and life skills.’
  • Dr Sally Quinn (University of York) will support Laura McGarry and her project ‘Do first impressions predict tweeting of police photographs of wanted people?’
  • Dr Laura Wilkinson (Swansea University) will support Rochelle Embling and her project ‘Does emphasising food variety in a product label affect every day portion size decisions?’
  • Dr Carl Walker (University of Brighton) will support Jenny Terry and her project ‘Using photovoice to explore the lived experiences of welfare reforms and mental health.’
  • Dr Catherine Thompson (University of Salford) will support Ashley Taylor and her project ‘The influence of emotion on visual attention: Varying attentional capacity or biasing processing strategy?’
  • Dr Chris Fullwood (University of Wolverhampton) will support Emma Boultwood and her project ‘ Factors predicting partner entitlement in online dating.’
  • Dr Darren Chadwick (University of Wolverhampton) will support Rachael Mackley and her project ‘ Online support group use and psychological wellbeing for family carers of people with intellectual disabilities’.
  • Dr Dawn Watling (Royal Holloway, University of London) will support Pancy Poon and her project ‘Sharing’ on social media: The role of self-presentational style and feelings of social anxiety’.
  • Dr Rebecca Charlton (Goldsmiths University of London) will support Gavin Stewart and his project ‘Ageing with Autism Traits: Examining Ageing in the Broad Autism Phenotype’.
  • Dr Louise Bunce ( University of Winchester) will support Hannah Joseph-Green and her project ‘ The impact of engaging in fantasy on cognition in children and adults’.
  • Professor Rachel Calam (University of Manchester) will support Cheryl Cai Fang Ang and her project ‘Qualitative exploration of service providers’ attitudes, beliefs and experiences of working with parents experiencing mental health problems’.
  • Dr Georgina Randsley de Moura (University of Kent) will support Christie Marsh and her project ‘Perceptions of Workplace Opportunities’.
  • Dr Josephine Ross (University of Dundee) will support Egle Dalinkeviciute and he rproject ‘Create Together: Can art therapy offer an effective early intervention for at risk attachment relationships?’

Past recipients 

Other Society awards