Seeking engagement with, and sponsorship for, our YCCSA Summer School Programme

Background

The YCCSA Summer School has been running for eight years.  During that time, over 85 students from all over the UK and abroad have undertaken 9-week-long interdisciplinary research projects.  Each project has supervisors from different disciplines, and has fostered new and productive collaborations.  Project findings have led to publications and grant proposals.

Departmental supervisors at the University of York have so far come from: Archaeology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electronics, English Environment, History of Art, HYMS (Hull York Medical School)/Health Sciences, Language and Linguistics, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Psychology, Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media. 

Students are from a wide variety of institutions in the UK and further afield

The students, usually undergraduates in their second or third year, have come from a variety of institutions in the UK − Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Leeds, Sheffield, Warwick, Birmingham − and from further afield − the Netherlands, Prague and Turkey.   The students discover what it is like to undertake research, how to work on their own, and how to support each other in a new environment.  They have support from their project supervisors, from the academic Summer School Coordinator, from the Programme Manager, and from a Pastoral Supervisor − usually a Research Associate or established research student.  They receive instruction on how to produce posters, and on how to present their project findings to their peers, supervisors and interested academics at the end of the programme.  Each student is funded through a bursary. 

Support and Interaction Sought

YCCSA is keen to gain support and interaction with companies or organisations through this programme.

Partnership -A supervisor from a company can partner with an academic supervisor to submit a project proposal, for a single or a group of students (each student undertaking a different discipline/skills set of the research), to look at a research question over a nine week period.  Any help towards to the costs of the programme would be gratefully received.

Sponsorship - Alternatively, a company can sponsor or part-sponsor a student bursary for the programme.  Advertising goes out to all York departments, all Oxbridge and Durham Colleges and all Universities in the Russell Group.  We will incorporate suitable text and branding as a marketing tool for the sponsor organisation.

The cost for each bursary is £2,140 plus £200 for travel expenses.  From this the student pays for accommodation on site and living expenses.

If you are interested and would like more information or an informal chat, please contact the YCCSA and Programme Manager, Sarah Christmas on 01904 325334 or email sarah.christmas@york.ac.uk

Please see here for a taste of previous projects which are widely diverse.