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Opportunities for undergraduate students to take part in real, hands-on research

The Opportunity

The Undergraduate Research Scheme (Global Challenges) offers an opportunity for undergraduate students to take part in real, hands-on research.

Thanks to generous funding provided by Santander Universities and academic schools at the University of Brighton, the scheme provides an opportunity for seven undergraduate students in the middle years of their degree to contribute to real research projects. Students will work alongside some of our most talented academic researchers at the university, on projects from a range of disciplines.

These research projects will last six weeks over the summer break and the scheme will make a significant contribution to a students’ transferable skills, employability and understanding of the research environment.

Why take part?

Student Theodore Galler, who took place in the scheme, says the experience has been invaluable as it has helped him decide on the topic of his dissertation and has given him a direction for his future career. He says:

This scheme has been an extremely valuable experience… it has had a significant impact on my future studies and career path. I would highly recommend applying for this research scheme.  The best thing for me has been realising what I want to do in the future. It has made me realise that I would like a career in this field and has inspired me to apply for a number of Masters degrees.


Successful students will receive a bursary of £1,200, equating to a weekly stipend of £200 for the six weeks. Santander Universities UK is providing £1,000 of this funding. The additional £200 is to be funded by the schools hosting the project.

This opportunity is available to students in the middle years of their degree (ie. not first or final year students). If you are interested in applying, please contact the Project Lead for the relevant project. They will be able to give you further details on the project and how to make your application.

The Projects

Project 1:

Kate Harvey (1862-1946): researching the ‘hidden histories’ of feminist health scientists (School of Humanities). Find out more…

Project Lead: Dr Deborah Madden, Principal Lecturer,

Project 2:

COVID-19 patient detection via smartphone recorded coughs and confidence Machine Learning (School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics). Find out more…

Project Lead: Dr Khuong An Nguyen, Lecturer in Computer Science

Project 3:

The impact of foot and ankle pain on health-related quality of life in children (School of Health Sciences). Find out more…

Project Lead: Stewart Morrison, Reader,

Project 4:

Digital Capabilities for Age-Friendly Smart Transport (DICAST) (School of Arts and Media). Find out more…

Project Lead: Dr Maria Sourbati, Senior lecturer in Media and Communications,

Project 5:

Exploring Race, Ethnicity and (in)equality with Students Aspiring to be Primary School Teachers in UK Universities  (School of Education). Find out more…

Project Lead: Dr Peter Hemming, Reader in Education,

Project 6:

Understanding The effect of stress on breast cancer metastasis to the brain (School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Science) Find out more…

Project Lead: Dr Melanie Flint, Reader in Cancer Biology,

Project 7:

Landslide mapping and hazard analysis in Southern Peru (School of Environment and Technology). Find out more…

Project Lead: Laura Evenstar, Senior Lecturer,


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Dan Archer • 06/05/2021

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