SPUR at NTU
This page provides information about SPUR, its aims, and insights into past award holders' experiences of the scheme.
The SPUR scheme has been running for 12 years and prides itself on providing the opportunity for academics and students to work together on a research project. Many of these projects have gone on to be presented in Parliament, some have developed into journal articles co-authored by staff and students, and we have even had one example of a previous SPUR student going on to become a SPUR academic mentor!
While the SPUR scheme allows for collaboration and innovation, it also gives students what is likely their first experience of academic research and inspires them to consider academia as a future career path.
The SPUR scheme offers twelve bursaries for NTU students to collaborate with staff on cutting-edge research projects. It provides staff with the opportunity to mentor and receive assistance from an undergraduate student and enables students to gain research experience and contribute to the production of new knowledge in their field. SPUR projects also feed back into the curriculum to benefit the wider student community.
Two additional bursaries are available for research projects related to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Colleagues may propose projects for staff and students to collaborate on research into learning and teaching, which demonstrates the potential to enhance the student academic experience.
SPUR / SPUR-SoTL Bursaries
A SPUR / SPUR-SoTL bursary is intended to contribute to students’ living costs during involvement in the project. The award covers up to 370 hours of student involvement.
Please stipulate in the proposal, a plan for how the funding will be used: for example, it may pay for one student for ten weeks FTE or two students for five weeks FTE. The bursary is not intended to cover any research costs, including travel for research.
Payment of bursaries:
- Bursaries will be paid directly to participating students.
- Supervisors will receive guidance on student selection.
- Additional opportunities exist to mentor sixth-form students as short-term research assistants on SPUR projects.
SPUR in action
This video below offers further insight into the impact the SPUR scheme has on award holders.
Feedback from past SPUR Award Holders:
See the SPUR Case studies page for project examples.
“It gives students the chance to have an input in the field that they study and as the scheme projects are often based on current issues and areas in the academic field they are at the forefront of knowledge”.
“It has influenced me a great deal in terms of my career path. Yet on a more personal and intrinsic level it has given me much more confidence and self-belief”.