Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

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The School of Law is delighted to announce the continuation of the extremely successful and prestigious Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship (UGRLS) Scheme, with a scholarship available for current first year students, the Keith Lee Research and Leadership Scholarship. This has been made possible through the very generous support of Mr Keith Lee, an alumnus of the School.

The scheme has arisen out of the University’s commitment to teaching in a research-intensive environment and recognises the quality of research opportunities available in the subjects covered by the arts and social sciences faculties. It aims to offer funded opportunities for students to become closely involved in the research culture of the Faculty and will be of particular interest to students who are considering postgraduate study. Selection for, and successful completion of, a scholarship is likely to significantly enhance scholars’ CVs and their employability subsequent to graduation.

The successful scholar will receive a total of £4000 for working on a project based in the School of Law for six-weeks full time (or equivalent) through the summer period in both 2015 and 2016 – see below for further details of the project. In addition a small amount of activity, including an ambassadorial role, will be expected during term time (the volume of which will be compatible with full-time study). The scholar will receive £2000 for each of the summer periods of research and additionally be able to earn up to £1000 in each of their second and third years of study for ambassadorial and other duties.

Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis. The criteria for award, application details and selection process are set out below. There is a particular emphasis on evidence of academic potential, suitability for the chosen project and capacity to work in a reliable and professional manner.

The project

The main aim of this research is to conduct an ‘oral history’ of the School of Law, University of Leeds. The project will use interviews with former students and former/current members of staff to investigate how learning and teaching has evolved over the history of the School. In this way, the project will complement and further develop the School’s research into legal and criminological education. The scholar will make a substantial contribution to the project: with the support of School staff, she/he will take the lead in data collection, by designing and delivering a programme of interviews covering a wide range of subjects (including staff and student experiences of learning and teaching, and student employability). The scholar’s work in this area will produce a valuable dataset on the experiences of former students and staff, which will serve as a vital resource for developing scholarship on legal and criminological education within the School.

The successful scholar will work under the supervision David Churchill and will also function as a student ambassador for the School of Law and the University, helping throughout their degree to communicate the distinctive benefits of our research-dependent academic mission (for instance at selected Open Days or events with cultural partners and organisations: these in themselves will present valuable personal development opportunities).

Work on the project will commence in June 2015 and run over a period of 2 years incorporating both summers and with ambassadorial duties ending in June 2017. Special arrangements will be arranged for students on four-year programmes.

Key tasks to be pursued by the scholarship holder

With the support of staff, the scholar will play a key role in gathering the data for this research project, as well as contributing to ambassadorial duties within the School. Specific tasks include:

  • Investigating research methods and techniques related to oral history.
  • Designing, evaluating and modifying interview schedules for use in the research.
  • Working with School support staff to identify appropriate former students and former/existing members of staff to act as participants in the research project.
  • Making contact with the participants in order to schedule interviews.
  • Conducting the interviews, recording and analysing the data generated by them.
  • Engaging in regular meetings/communications with the supervisor and mentor.
  • Preparing reports on the progress of the research and a final summary of findings.
  • Presenting research findings at events in the School of Law.
  • Supporting academic and support colleagues with induction week activities.
  • Acting as a student ambassador at undergraduate open days.
  • Supporting the School’s communications with former and existing students.

Principal academic outcomes/outputs to be generated by the scholarship holders’ research

The scholar will present their findings at two events in the School of Law: 1) an internal workshop, followed by supportive feedback from staff; 2) an end-of-project presentation open to School alumni and other external invitees. The scholar will also produce a brief report on their research for Liberty Brief, the School’s newsletter. In addition, the scholar may wish to explore alternative ways to present their findings – for example, by producing a short video to be uploaded to the School’s website.

Person specification

  • Interest in and willingness to engage in an extended research project
  • Interest in higher education and experiences of teaching and learning
  • Ability to work to deadlines, including when not under immediate supervision
  • Confidence in working with members of staff and engaging with a wide range of individuals (including research participants and potential students)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • An awareness of the ethical issues associated with conducting research
  • Familiarity with use of IT and basic office software (e.g. Word, Excel)
  • Familiarity with producing audio and video recordings, or willingness to develop skills in this area

The Keith Lee Research and Leadership Scholar will

  • Develop their academic potential through their research activities
  • Receive individual mentoring from an academic specialist/research team
  • Gain valuable skills in enterprise, research and leadership
  • Enhance their employability through undertaking project work and participating in workshops designed to promote leadership, innovation, self-confidence, initiative and creativity
  • Represent the School of Law and University as a Student Ambassador
  • Receive a total honorarium of up to £6000
  • £2,000 for research work during each summer of the project (Scholars should expect to work flexibly around project activity, but as a guide not less than the equivalent of 6 weeks full-time work on the project based in Leeds)
  • Up to £1000 x2 to recognise ad hoc work through the rest of the academic year


The Keith Lee Research and Leadership Scholarship is only open to current level one students in the School of Law. The application form asks for a personal statement in two sections. In completing these sections you should aim to evidence:

  • grasp of related academic areas, the focus of your academic enthusiasms and interests
  • prior experience or independent work particularly relevant to the project
  • how the development opportunities are personally relevant
  • strengths in responsibility roles, professional conduct, reliability

Additional supporting information must be provided. This will include:

  • An up-to-date CV (not more than 2 sides). This should include a section outlining your co-curricular achievement and personal development planning.
  • A supporting statement from your personal tutor.

The deadline for applications is Monday 23 March 2015, 12pm

Applications and CVs should be saved as a single file with your name as the file name. They should be submitted electronically by email to m.pelan@leeds.ac.uk with the subject line ‘Law Scholarship Application’.  Please send all documents in .doc/.docx format.

Short-listing and Interviews

The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed the week of 14th April; we will give the shortlisted candidates at least one weeks’ notice for the interview.  As part of the interview process, short-listed applicants may be asked to give a short presentation or undertake an exercise on a topic related to the application (this will be advised to short-listed applicants). The selection panel will comprise of academic staff from across the Faculty.

Successful applicants

Successful applicants will meet their supervisor before the end of Semester Two to discuss the practical details of starting their scholarship in summer 2014. As part of the Scholarship, successful applicants must attend a compulsory residential induction programme on 10-11 June, as well as attend the launch party on Tuesday 28 April, 2-4pm.

Contact point for UGRLS:

Martin Pelan m.pelan@leeds.ac.uk

There are two types of scholarships available.

  • Entrance scholarships
  • Merit scholarships

International Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships

Entrance scholarships are worth £2500 for students commencing their undergraduate studies in the School in September 2016.

To be eligible for a scholarship, you must fulfil the following criteria.

  • You must be classified as international/overseas for tuition fee purposes.
  • Must achieve 3 A’s at A level or the equivalent.

Foundation year students from IFY and NCUK are also eligible.*

Scholarships will be awarded automatically for the first year of the undergraduate programme - no application is required.

The International Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship will take the form of a tuition fee reduction.

Students whose fees are paid by a sponsor are not eligible for this scholarship.

*Please contact us for other eligible schemes.

International Undergraduate Merit Scholarships

The School of Law offers Merit Scholarships to international students who achieve an outstanding academic performance on undergraduate programmes at Leeds.

The scholarships are worth £2500 and are awarded in the second and third years, based on the performance in the first and second years of the course.

To be eligible for a scholarship you must fulfil the following criteria.

  • you must be enrolled on years 2 or 3 of our undergraduate programmes in September 2016.
  • you must be classified as international/overseas for tuition fee purposes.
  • To have achieved at least a 60% average in the preceding year.

All eligible students will be automatically considered for these scholarships - no application is required.

The International Undergraduate Merit Scholarship will take the form of a tuition fee reduction in the following year of study.

Students whose fees are paid by a sponsor are not eligible for this scholarship.

The Merit Scholarship may be awarded in addition to the Entrance Scholarship.

INTI/HELP/Taylors Scholarships

INTI/HELP/Taylors scholarships are worth £1500 for international students who are progressing directly onto our LLB Law course in September 2015.

To be eligible for a scholarship, you must fulfil the following criteria.

  • you must be progressing onto our LLB course from either: INTI International University; HELP University or Taylor’s University.
  • you must be on a 1+2 or a 2+1 model.
  • you must be classified as international/overseas for tuition fee purposes.

All eligible students will be automatically considered for these scholarships - no application is required.

The INTI/HELP/Taylors Scholarship will take the form of a tuition fee reduction.

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