Promoting Research Engagement and Skills for Students (PRESS Project)

The PRS will now be undertaking a project to support physiotherapy students in getting more research active!

The PRESS project aims to increase student involvement in research through a variety of different methods, including bursaries, focus groups, and the provision of a range of educational resources.


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The PRS is motivated to optimise the engagement of student and newly qualified physiotherapists in research, We hope that in supporting students to become more research active through the PRESS project, we will provide them with improved confidence to share their research findings earlier in their careers. We hope this will support them to use skills they have already acquired as part of their university training, and build upon these further, to enable students and subsequently newly qualified physiotherapists, to become more involved in research and related projects at an earlier stage in their career.


As part of the PRESS project, the PRS will be funding ten physiotherapy students to attend the Physiotherapy Research Society 2024 conference and share their research in the form of poster presentations.


To qualify for this opportunity, applicants must meet the following criteria: 

  • Students or newly qualified physiotherapists who are currently undertaking, or have undertaken, their studies to achieve a BSc or MSc in Physiotherapy on a pre-registration physiotherapy programmes
  • Students must have undertaken their physiotherapy studies at a UK-based education institution.
  • The research project being shared forms part of the research work undertaken as part of their student BSc or MSc programme.


If you are interested in applying for one of these bursaries, please email us to express your interest. We will then let you know when our application portal opens.


In addition to our bursary programme, the PRESS project will involve the undertaking of focus groups with existing students studying on physiotherapy BSc or MSc pre-registration programmes at UK-based institutions, or students who have recently completed their studies (within the last 12 months). Our aim of this project is to better understand how we can optimise research engagement and explore barriers and beliefs around research.

If you are interested in finding out more about how to volunteer to be on in one of our PRESS focus groups, please email us here and we will add you to our mailing list.


Through the PRESS project, the PRS will also be looking to develop a series of resources to support student physiotherapists in developing their research skills and confidence over the coming year - more details to follow on these in due course! 

The PRESS project has been made possible through the PRS being successful in being awarded grant funding from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). The PRS and the PRESS project team are incredibly grateful for the receipt of such funding, and hope to make a discernible change in the student research landscape through the activities that we are now able to undertake as a result.


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