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UCLan Undergraduate Research Internship Programme 2018

The UCLan Undergraduate Research Internship Programme (UURIP) offers students the opportunity to work with UCLan academics on research projects, which have real research outputs.  The scheme was developed and previously run by the Centre for Research Informed Teaching.  Since the scheme launched in 2008, it has sponsored approximately 435 interns who have worked directly with researchers on projects as diverse as digital publishing, wind power, facial composites, and business triangles.

Internships are advertised to students in the spring.  Following a recruitment and selection process, interns start work around the end of June.  At the end of the internship, students present posters of their research work to the University community at a special exhibition attended by the Vice Chancellor and Senior Executive Team.

Undergraduate Research Internships were pioneered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the 1960’s and have since become a feature of the American Higher Education Landscape.  There is a National Council of Undergraduate Research, and Undergraduate Research conferences are becoming more common across the U.S. In the UK, opportunities for students to work directly with researchers have historically been more limited, and those that were available tended to be from science-based disciplines.  The UCLan Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme began in 2008 and aimed to be multi-disciplinary, opening up research opportunities in the Humanities, Health, and Business fields as well as in Science.

The scheme is viewed as a success by staff and students alike, allowing real experience of life as a researcher. The scheme enhances a variety of academic and employability skills, which can lead to some fantastic outputs, including presentations at conferences, journal articles, new research projects and more. To date the scheme has funded around 435 research projects and is aiming to support approximately 50 more projects in the summer of 2018.

Lead by: Graduate Research and Education


  • Research interns have published journal articles as first and second authors, or have been acknowledged in research papers written by academic staff.
  • Research interns have contributed towards research grant applications.
  • Research interns have attended conferences both nationally and internationally to present their research.
  • Research interns have become postgraduate researchers and in some cases gone on to have interns of their own.
  • Research interns consider themselves to have a flying start into their dissertation or final year project.


Clients or Funders

All schools within UCLan

2008 - present

Further information:To find out more about the Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme, please contact the Graduate Research & Education team via

Undergraduate Research Interns Poster Exhibition and Award Event

Thursday 18 October 2018

This event is the culmination of a summer of hard work for a group of 50 undergraduate students, who have worked alongside members of staff on research projects across the university.

The Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme offers students the opportunity to work with UCLan academics on research projects which have real research outputs. This year’s interns will be presenting posters to highlight the work they have been undertaking over the summer months. Research was conducted across the university covering many different disciplines including Science, Arts and Humanities, Languages, Health, Law and Business.

Poster Exhibition Highlights 2018

Winner of the 2018 Poster Exhibition, Rebecca Townsend from the School of Medicine

Rebecca Townsend with Andrea Ferguson, Head of Graduate Research School

Lauren Bailey from the School of Physical Sciences and Computing came runner up