Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

The Crick Centre supports applications for academics interested in gaining some supervisory experience and undergraduates looking to have a taste of life as a researcher. 

During the summer of 2019, Crick's postdoctoral research associate Dr Nikki Soo's project How Do We Know What The Public Think? was selected and funded by SURE. Together with second year undergraduate student Charlie Heywood-Heath, and assistance from Crick director Dr Kate Dommett and fellow Crick postdoc Dr Alexandra Anderson, the team interviewed 24 political actors. These included MPs, members from the House of Lords, coucillors, think tank researchers, polling experts, activists and journalists. To find out more about the project and its outcomes, please see here.

Reflecting on his time at the Crick Centre,

My time with the Crick Centre was an immersive experience. It gave me exposure to applying for research funding, designing a research project and executing both the fieldwork and analysis that underpins all research. Working with Nikki, Kate and Alexandra helped shape my understanding of conducting semi-structured interviews as they taught me about the importance of planning your methodology. Considering fundamental aspects such as question wording, implicit meaning and the relation to the wider research questions developed my future ability to ensure you capitalise on the benefits of semi-structured interviews. It was also beneficial to have support on using qualitative data software, NVivo, as it improved my confidence to use such software in future qualitative work.

Charlie Heywood-Heath

Crick SURE Student 2019

For examples of previous projects the SURE Scheme has previously supported, check out the SURE website.

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