This has been established to encourage local universities and their students to take an active role in providing research to underpin and refine the policies and management practices related to the Hamble Estuary. Individual stakeholder organisations are encouraged to suggest research topics to support their own management efforts. The Student Research Fund is thought to be unique in the UK and has been included in a national good practice listing of coastal management activity.
Support applied research concerning the Hamble Estuary that validates, substantiates or corroborates the Guiding Principles of the Partnership
The fund is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying any relevant subject at any UK university. Funding may also be available to assist PhD fieldwork costs for suitable projects.
The Fund will meet essential travel and research expenses. This was previously up to £200 per project, however applications in excess of this are welcome where beneficial projects can justify the costs. It is likely that successful projects will also receive advice and support from relevant local stakeholders where possible.
In return, students are required to present the research findings to a meeting of the Partnership in addition to providing a copy of their final report. This also provides a valuable opportunity for students to network with professionals in relevant fields.
Applications should be made using the application form. (see right). Applications will be considered throughout the year.
Projects that have received funding to date include
The topic areas in which research is required include Nature conservation, Recreation, Pollution and water quality, Fishing and bait collection, Physical processes, Landscape, Moorings, Archaeology and Navigation.
Environment & Development Manager
River Hamble Harbour Authority
Shore Road, Warsash SO31 9FR
tel 01489 576387
fax 01489 580718