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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.

For specific Connected Curriculum case studies, visit the 'Curriculum Inspiration' webpage.

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 trialled at UCL.

Case Studies - Research-based education

Meet the researcher programme

New Linguistics undergraduates meet Linguistics researchers in their first week at UCL. The Meet the Researcher programme is designed to help the new students meet each other and to introduce them to the breadth of research in Linguistics at UCL right at the start of their degree programme. Stefanie Anyadi describes how it works.

Published: Jan 15, 2016 1:21:02 PM

Internships and Placements through UCL Careers: building students’ work experience

The UCL Careers Placements & Vacancies team facilitate placements and internships for various academic programmes. Rochelle Symons and Charlotte Turnbull explain the benefits of complementing students’ academic learning with an opportunity to see how it relates to the wider world whilst developing crucial professional skills.

Published: Dec 7, 2015 11:36:56 AM

Gaining skills and experience through collaboration with industry

Recent Provost’s Teaching Award winner Dr Ilan Adler (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering) explains the value of students collaborating with industry; they have gained experience and skills through real and lasting contributions to major international organisations.

Published: Jul 10, 2015 4:22:31 PM