The Students as Researchers scheme is designed to develop learners as co-creators, rather than consumers of knowledge, by developing their research skills. The student researcher roles are of particular interest and value to anyone considering a postgraduate degree and/or working in a research field or in academia. Additionally, participating students develop and enhance a number of transferable skills – such as working independently and working in a team, time management, planning, etc. – which will benefit them in their post-University careers.
The scheme is designed to be mutually-beneficial for student and academic participants. Project leads benefit from hours of assistance in designing, preparing, conducting and analysing research in their chosen field, and student researchers make possible work which may otherwise have not been conducted by sharing the workload, their knowledge and their insights.