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Student taster of research helps to inform their choice and engage them with the wider school

Aim: Provide a week-long rotation of research for interested students Students will sign up and be given a timetable to visit different groups to see demonstrations of research being done and of student projects.

Aim: Provide some fun ‘open-day’ type experiments together with skills training Students will undertake a 3 hour taught session on research by academics/experienced students and write a reflective report of their experience.

Project lead: Dr Claire Lucas Project team-students: Disha Naik; Yung-Yu Lau Collaborative Partners: DDLS; Dr Peter Gammon. Funded by: WIHEA Budget: £3,407.91 End of project: July 2016

August 2016

Project report completed and uploaded.

July 2016

There were over 200 responses to the survey which Yung-Yu has analysed. The level of engagement with the survey is surprising and probably due to the £1 credit offered for students as well as the large numbers who were asked to find out more about specific areas of research.

Claire Lucas met with Professor Steven maggs to find out more about the undergraduate research interns working at WMG over the sumer. She will meet with some in the coming weeks.

June 2016

Yung-Yu and Disha created a questionnare in google-forms to assess knowledge. It is published on this web-page and students will be rewarded with eating at Warwick credit for their time. The academic lead submitted an updated project proposal to WIHEA

May 2016

It is apparent that the appetite for this project is high in the department and the benefits are clearly seen. However, the timing of marking and exam boards, combined with the number of staff on study leave, means that the project cannot go ahead with current objectives. Therefore, the students will conduct focus groups with students and create a survey to assess what students actually know about the research done here and how interested they are in it. The academic lead will consult with project supervisors to discover the gap in skills when students begin their individual year three projects