We chatted to one of our Student Researchers, Georgia Stephenson, to find out what she loved about the opportunity and here's what she had to say.
"I would 100% recommend applying to be a Student Researcher this year."
"I had just finished my Psychology dissertation and wanted to find something to do over summer where I could use these skills, rather than doing something which wouldn't benefit me much in the long run. So when I saw that the SU and university were looking for Student Researchers, I knew that this would be perfect.
There are many amazing elements to conducting research; uncovering new information and feeling that you are making a real difference to the world are a handful of the buzzes which I get from it. I felt super relaxed and part of a new community right from the scheme's get-go. There were plenty of opportunities to interact with the other Student Researchers (and delicious free food!)
I especially liked how much creative freedom we were given with our projects - we could choose our own methods to use for data collection, as well as the specific slant on academic schemes we could take with our projects.
At the start of the Student Researcher scheme, you are told that your research will be presented to the Vice Chancellor at a committee. Admittedly, I was initially terrified at the prospect of presenting. However, every time you do something which scares you, the closer you are to removing your nerves for good... the feeling of accomplishment and pride I had when I was talking about my findings to everyone made it so worthwhile.
I really embraced every second of my Student Researcher journey, and I will miss being involved in it over this summer. Hopefully, this will only mark the start of my research career; one day I hope to research in the political psychology area for my PhD, and I know this will have helped me get one step closer to my dream."
Georgia focused her research on a group of students who stand outside the typical university lifestyle, commuters. Having been a commuter herself and being unable to participate in societies due to bus times, this research point was of particular personal interest. Understanding the challenges of commuting, Georgia felt "it is about time changes are made in order for commuters to feel as included as possible. It is critical that from the start, first-year students who decide to commute into university through personal choice or as they have to, are aware that they will still have access to the best student experience possible."
"I felt an extra desire to try and evoke change."
If you would like to evoke change through creative research and receive a £300 reward upon completion, then be sure to check out our Student Researcher page here.