Learning Development has a long standing interest in the value of actively engaging undergraduate students in processes of academic research.
In 2010 Thinking Writing received funding from the QMUL Student Experience Investment Fund for a project which linked research-based learning approaches to writing for purposes beyond assessment e.g. for a research community or for public dissemination. You can find out about the work which resulted from this 'Research-based Learning and Writing' (RBWL) on the Thinking Writing website (new window). You can also read a published account of one of the research-based modules that resulted from the project here.
The 2013-14 Student Union VP for Education, Gaby Dale Leal. was a student on Exhibiting the First World War, a research-based module developed as part of the RBWL project. Inspired by the quality of this learning experience, Gaby put together a proposal to the Westfield Fund for Enhancing the Student Experience for a project to engage students directly as paid researchers in academic research projects across the university - QResearchers. In the application, she wrote of the "appetite from students to be more involved in research as they have expectations of the “research environment” that is promoted through the University’s Russell Group membership".
Learning Development conducted the evaluation of the QResearchers project and is actively disseminating it. Read more about this here.
The most recent development in promoting undergraduate research is the Annual Fund project to support 20+ Science and Engineering students to participate in the British Conference of Undergraduate Research. Read more here.