The establishment of a multi-disciplinary undergraduate research internship scheme at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Professor Stuart Hampton-reeves Dr Mandy Dillon
Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme • Now in its third year • Opportunity for students to work on ‘real research’ projects • Staff put in project bids • Students apply to do the projects • Real research outcomes • Huge project diversity
The scheme is very successful • QAA Institutional Audit (2008) ‘raised the research aspirations of undergraduate students’. • Intern places are extremely popular. 2010 • over 350 applications for 50 intern places • covering 35 different areas of research
‘developing an engineering outreach programme and E-learn portal with local Schools and Colleges’. ‘testing for novel selective NMDA receptor antagonists as potential drugs to treat migraines’. ‘performing an environmental sustainability audit for selected UCLan buildings’. ‘What is the future of the book’.
What’s in it for them? Helps to create Multi skilled graduates Critical thinking skills Confidence Better informed Enthusiastic Technical Skills Experience Transferable skills Employability Further Study
What’s in it for us? Attracts students to the University Produces mature resourceful graduates Increases motivation Encourages further study Increases Employability?
What the students think Students fill out evaluation form and keep a reflective log throughout the project
Student Internships • Pioneered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the 1960s • Common in America • UK much more limited • Similar schemes in a few other institutions in the UK including Warwick and Oxford Brookes
NCUR National Conference for Undergraduate Research (USA) 2010
BCUR British Conference of Undergraduate Research 2011
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