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Student as Researcher

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Information About

Student as Researcher is a collaborative initiative which embeds information literacy, academic and digital skills within a course of study.

We offer

  • Ongoing scaffolded support to students during critical points of skills development

  • Collaboration with departments, academics and Academic Support Librarians

  • The creation of bespoke online, face to face or blended resources

online resources Online resources

We can design and develop online resources, tutorials and videos focused on the development of essential skills for your discipline. These online resources can be specialised to your subject or uniquely made to complement a module. They can be standalone tutorials or blend into your teaching style and curriculum.

InformationTeaching sessions

We can create and provide interactive and innovative face to face sessions that can be delivered at key points in the student life cycle. These sessions help students to develop the unique skills needed for their programme of study and support graduate attributes such as digital and information literacy.

InformationTerm 1 projects 2018 (examples)

20th Century American Literature assessment support session

  • Session designed in collaboration with module tutors to support innovative anthology assessment for second and third years
  • Encouraged students to think dynamically about their research strategy and look beyond literary sources and criticism
  • Research mapping activity
  • Structured research task involving database searching and developing search strategies

History Departmental Researchers skill session


  • Two, two hour sessions to support Departmental Research and archive intern scheme Developed in collaboration with Student Careers and skills
  • Session 1 – Researching efficiently, approaching research projects
  • Group presentation task between sessions to build on session 1
  • Session 2 – Presentations, note taking techniques, note taking activity and roundtable discussion
  • Students praised the ‘informal’ but useful format of the sessions and commented the ‘new research skills’ they had learnt would help with essays and seminars in other modules

Philosophy Reason, argument & analysis skills session

  • Two hour session supporting term 1 group annotated bibliography assessment for First Years
  • Pre-session information delivered in a 20 minute lecture slot and students tasked with bringing a book or article with them to the workshop and prepare to discuss how they found it and why they chose it
  • Session constructed around 6 group tasks which broke down the research process and encouraged students to map their strategies
  • ‘Research Skills for Philosophers’ Moodle with H5P interactive elements supported the session content
An screenshot example of a module within the Philosophy moodle course

SMLC Research for your essays video

  • Short screenflow graphic video
  • Creating effective search strategies
  • Shown to first years at inductions and available via Moodle for students to revisit

Other projects included:

  • WBS Foundation Programme Academic Research Skills
  • WBS IB1170 Online tutorial and timed quiz
  • GSD & Liberal Arts Digital Literacy course
  • History of Art Research Skills and Database searching session
  • Research Skills Session for Classics First Years

InformationPast projects (examples)

Chemistry Moodle Course

  • Developed in 2014/2015 with a focus on developing Library and information Skills
  • Compulsory and assessed for all first year undergraduates
  • Contributed 1.5 CATS to a 6 CAT IT workshop
  • Assessed via quizzes which consolidated the content of the module
  • Successfully embedded with 95% of 100 students completing the activities and quizzes in 2014/2015
An screenshot example of a module within the Chemistry moodle course

Economics Moodle


  • First developed in 2015 this moodle has since been updated and is still used by the department
  • Excellent engagement with the tutorial from all year groups
  • First year undergraduates are enrolled as a web group so they can be awarded credits which contribute towards their HEAR
  • This interactive tutorial covers Library basics, finding subject sources, selecting the best databases for topics, identifying reliable subject sources, referencing and avoiding plagiarism and a self-assessment quiz
An screenshot example of a module within the Economics moodle course

Certificate of Digital Literacy

  • This course was developed and run in 2016 and 2017 in collaboration with GSD, Liberal Arts and Student Careers & Skills
  • The course focused on digital footprints and identity, identifying ‘fake news’ and improving student’s digital competency
  • Sessions took a blended approach to learning with online resources and activities being supported by face to face interactive sessions
  • Despite not being compulsory these sessions were almost fully attended with enthusiastic engagement and excellent feedback from students
Student as Researcher encourages students to collaborate, look beyond their curriculum and become confident and active researchers both during and following their time at the University of Warwick.

Upcoming projects

  • WBS Global Integrative Project Research Skills Lecture
  • Mercian collaboration talk – ‘Meeting the challenge of designing a digital literacy programme with library and academic staff’ - Coventry University January 2019
  • Supporting 2019 History Department module updates

Get in touch

To find out more about Student as Researcher:

Envelope E-mail: academicsupport at warwick dot ac dot uk


Person Contact your Academic Support Librarian to discuss skills support for your course.

Student feedback

It definitely gave me transferable skills, I feel more confident using databases and am quicker at researching.

First Year French Student

The formative assessment helped me in other modules as well…it gave me really clear examples of how to reference in the Harvard style.

First Year WBS Student

I quite liked the ‘informal’ feel of the sessions, it made it enjoyable as well as useful.

First Year History Student