Friday, 8 November 2013

A broader view of undergraduate research opportunity programmes: collaborative culture and curriculum development.

A presentation by Dr Nathan Roberts and Dr Iain Mossman (Cardiff University) at the Research-Teaching Practice in Wales Conference, 10th September 2013, at the University of WalesGregynog Hall. Edited by Professor Simon Haslett.

Research-Teaching Practice In Wales Conference 2013
Drs Nathan Roberts (left) and Ian Mossman
Undergraduate research opportunities programmes (UROPs) which offer students placement work as supervised academic researchers have become a feature at several universities. Their benefits to the students involved have been evaluated and affirmed (for example, by Crieghton and John, 2011), usually defined in terms of effective research skills development and an increased likelihood of progressing to doctoral study. Drawing on a long-term evaluation of Cardiff University’s CUROP scheme – one of the largest in the UK - we will explore how such schemes have a reach beyond that described in the current literature and argue that such initiatives can have significant effects on curriculum development, pedagogy and the culture experienced by the wider body of staff and students. With examples drawn from several different disciplinary contexts, we will demonstrate how a UROP programme can create an atmosphere of collaboration between researchers and the wider student body which shapes teaching practice, increases engagement and promotes curriculum development for active student research participation.

CREIGHTON, J. and JOHN, J. 2011 “Researcher development: the impact of undergraduate research opportunity programmes on students in the UK” Studies in Higher Education. 36, 7.

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