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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.

2017 Recipients 

We had a fantastic response this year, with 54 applications being received. The Research Board will be funding the following 21 projects.

  • Dr Louise Almond & Professor Jon Cole (University of Liverpool) will support Chloe Brennan and her project ‘Using psychological testing to improve selection for the Police initial firearms course.’
  • Dr Rebecca Brewer & Dr Geoffrey Bird (KCL London) will support Edward Millgate and his project: ‘The influence of reward priority on ERP signatures of attentional selection and learning in Autism Spectrum Disorder.’
  • Dr Line Caes (University of Stirling) will support Emily Katherine McKenzie and her project ‘How do adolescents with chronic pain use YouTube to communicate about their challenges?’
  • Dr Anna Chisholm (University of Liverpool) will support Philee Ang-Chen and her project ‘Making Every Contact Count by talking to patients about healthy lifestyles: Exploring public health specialists’ views and experiences of training health professionals across UK NHS trusts’
  • Dr Kate Cross (University of St Andrews) will support Annie Macaulay and her project ‘Communicating psychological sex differences: What does ‘men are more aggressive than women’ imply?’
  • Dr Stephan Dombrowski (University of Stirling) will support Giulia Piazza and her project ‘What makes our environment obesogenic? A Day Reconstruction Study.’
  • Dr Chris Fullwood (University of Wolverhampton) will support Nichola Sharaf and her project ‘The influence of text speak and attractiveness on perceptions of online daters.’
  • Dr Lorna Hamilton (York St John University) will support Isabelle O’Halloran and her project ‘Exposure to narrative fiction and the development of mentalising skills in early adolescence.’
  • Professor Claire Hughes (University of Cambridge) will support Megan Cheyney and her project ‘Parental Wellbeing, Mind mindedness and Cognitive Talk to Toddlers: A Comparison of Mothers and Fathers’.
  • Dr Robin Jackson (Loughborough University) will support Matthew Brownsey and his project ‘Beliefs and thoughts about traumatic memory: Testing a metacognitive intervention to reduce post traumatic stress symptoms.
  • Dr Daniel Jolley (Staffordshire University) will support Tanya Schrader and her project ‘If they conspire, then why don’t I?” Examining the relationship between conspiracy theories and intentions to engage in White Collar Crime.’
  • Dr Catherine Loveday (University of Westminster) will support Isobel Harper and her project ‘Sharing & inhabiting memories’.
  • Dr Elaine Niven (University of Dundee) will support Ellen Pauley and her project ‘Memory for events over time: a virtual reality investigation.’
  • Dr Sally Palmer & Professor Liz Pellicano (UCL Institute of Education) will support Laura Bourne and her project ‘Enhancing the inclusion of autistic students in London schools.’
  • Dr Kyla Pennington (University of Lincoln) will support Kerry Fletcher and her project ‘Stress reactivity and executive function.’
  • Professor Stephen D Reicher (University of St Andrews) will support Anna Tskhovrebova and her project ‘Social Identity processes in disgust ‘contagion’.
  • Dr Eric Robinson & Dr Ashleigh Haynes (University of Liverpool) will support Emily Crowne and her project ‘Perceived overweight and selective attention to socially-rejecting faces.’
  • Dr Sarah Rose (Staffordshire University) will support Ruth Pettitt and her project ‘Divergent thinking and pretend play: is the relationship reciprocal?’
  • Dr Cordet Smart (Plymouth University) will support Holly Reed and her project ‘Representing service users and carers in Multi-Disciplinary Healthcare meetings.’
  • Dr Niamh Stack (University of Glasgow) will support Sally Bell and her project ‘Too noisy to learn? The impact of sensory stress in the primary classroom.’
  • Dr Lorenzo Stafford (University of Portsmouth) will support Sophie Ashurst and her project ‘Beyond The Visual: Exploring Drug Attentional biases From The Olfactory Domain.’

Past recipients 

Other Society awards