Call for Applications: URB@N Scheme 2018-19

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ILT is pleased to announce the Call for Applications: URB@N Scheme 2018-19.

University of Northampton staff from all academic faculties and professional services departments are invited to bid for a £500 student bursary that will enable them to undertake a staff-student partnership project in learning and teaching that has the potential to benefit the student experience.

The URB@N staff application form is found here. The deadline for submission is Wednesday 31st October 2018. Applications should be e-mailed to Rachel Maunder by 5pm on Wednesday 31st October 2018.

Detailed information about the scheme, and how to submit an application, is provided on the URB@N website.

Examples of previous successful projects are found on the URB@N website.

What is URB@N?

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URB@N stands for Undergraduate Research Bursaries at Northampton. It is a bursary scheme offering opportunities for current undergraduate students to participate in a pedagogic research project taking place at the university.

Urban ConferenceURB@N enables undergraduate students to be funded to work with academics as ‘novice researchers’ on pedagogic projects. Each project has a named academic leader who acts as supervisor. Rather than being discipline-focused, research projects are centred on learning and teaching and are explored through student voices. Academic staff members from Faculties across the institution and partner colleges, are encouraged to propose research questions which have the potential to benefit the department, faculty and/or institution and which will ultimately impact positively on the student experience.


Under the guidance of the academic supervisor, students who are successfully selected for the scheme are involved in the design, data collection, analysis and dissemination of the research. On successful completion of the project, students receive a tax-free bursary payment of £500.

Some examples of the topic areas investigated in previous projects have included:

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  • Student use of assessment feedback
  • Issues surrounding seminar participation
  • Student engagement with employability
  • Student use of technology enhanced learning
  • Inclusivity in the curriculum
  • The learning needs of international students

The URB@N scheme runs each year at the University of Northampton, culminating in the presentation of work at the annual Learning and Teaching conference.

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