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Research-based education: guides and case studies

Introduction to research-based education

Bringing research and education together is mission critical for UCL. So what does that mean for teaching?

UCL is increasing opportunities for undergraduate students to get involved in research activities as part of their studies. This approach differs from research-led learning.

Whereas research-led learning means that tutors use their research to inform the content of their teaching, in research-based education, students are given the chance to play an active part in the research process. 

Find out more about how you can get involved with two exciting UCL initiatives: Connected Curriculum and UCL ChangeMakers.

What are the benefits?

There is a big appetite among students to get involved in the research process. It brings students closer to the edge of knowledge and teaches transferable skills such as teamwork, problem-solving and analysis.

Encouraging students to conduct original research is beneficial to teaching staff as well as students. For example:

  • It improves the quality of students as they gain confidence and motivation
  • Students give higher scores to teaching quality in satisfaction surveys
  • High-quality teaching of research-led projects is encouraged and recognised through grants and awards
  • UCL's commitment to research excellence attracts and retains the very best teachers and international academic staff, exposing teaching staff to a high-calibre network group.

How do I get started?

Contact CALT for advice and take a look at some of the examples of research-based education that are already being trialed at UCL.

Case Studies - Research-based education

How are students contributing to the UCL Centre for Access to Justice?

Shiva Riahi (UCL Laws, Centre Manager) and Rachel Knowles (UCL Laws, Centre Teaching Fellow/Solicitor) take the lead on a practical community engagement course offered to final year undergraduates, providing them with a hands-on experience of legal education in a Connected Curriculum framework.

Published: May 18, 2015 4:32:31 PM

Can first-year undergraduates become researchers?

From designing experiments to writing papers, Dr Hazel Smith explains how first-year Biology students took on the challenge of completing an intensive research project.

Published: Sep 18, 2014 3:32:00 PM