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Undergraduate Research Workshop


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Higher Education Academy Research-Teaching Nexus Action Set Workshop held at University of Wales, Trinity St. David's, Carmarthen Campus, on Wednesday 15th September 2010. The workshop was convened by Professor Simon Haslett (University of Wales, Newport) and facilitated by Professor Stuart Hampton-Reeves (University of Central Lancashire).

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Undergraduate Research Workshop

  1. 1. Undergraduate Research Stuart Hampton-Reeves Centre for Research-informed Teaching University of Central Lancashire [email_address]
  2. 2. WORKSHOP AIMS <ul><li>How can we involve students more in research? </li></ul><ul><li>Explore UCLan as a case study: what lessons can be learnt? </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the future of undergraduate research </li></ul>
  3. 3. Structure <ul><li>Recap of Research-informed Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>UCLan as a Case Study </li></ul><ul><li>Mainstreaming Undergraduate Research: the American Model </li></ul><ul><li>The future of undergraduate research </li></ul>
  4. 4. Background
  5. 5. <ul><li>Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics </li></ul><ul><li>Politics </li></ul>
  6. 7. Investments in Undergraduate Research <ul><li>CETLs: Warwick, Sheffield, Manchester etc. </li></ul><ul><li>RiT Money: UCLan, Nottingham Trent, Portsmouth, Winchester </li></ul><ul><li>QAA Scotland: Research/Teaching Linkages Theme </li></ul><ul><li>HEAcademy: Mick Healey, Alan Jenkins </li></ul><ul><li>Wales: CELTs </li></ul>
  7. 9. UCLan: A Case Study
  8. 11. Diffusion <ul><li>Over 100 research outputs </li></ul><ul><li>All recommended by lecturers </li></ul><ul><li>Peer-reviewed by a review college of undergraduates and postgraduates </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  9. 12. Undergraduate Research Intern Scheme Project-based Over 50 intern places a year Staff propose projects Students apply for projects Over 150 research outcomes
  10. 14. Buttons to Press <ul><li>An effective way to spend teaching and learning funds </li></ul><ul><li>2. A very effective way to spend research funds </li></ul><ul><li>3. A proven way of improving post-graduate recruitment </li></ul><ul><li>4. NSS results are creating an agenda around intellectually stimulating teaching </li></ul><ul><li>5. Staff ‘well-being’ </li></ul><ul><li>6. Students are our greatest resource </li></ul><ul><li>7. Improved Employability </li></ul><ul><li>Which would work for you – and what can you add? </li></ul>
  11. 15. Mainstreaming Undergraduate Research: The American Model
  12. 16. The American Model <ul><li>National Conferences on Undergraduate Research </li></ul><ul><li>Council of Undergraduate Research </li></ul>
  13. 17. NCUR
  14. 18. NCUR Business Model <ul><li>Driven by academic staff </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate Recruitment </li></ul><ul><li>Coalition of non-Ivy League Universities </li></ul><ul><li>A captive audience is also a captive market </li></ul>
  15. 19. <ul><li>University of Central Lancashire </li></ul><ul><li>19 th -20 th April 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Bring your students! </li></ul>
  16. 20. But what about the dissertation?