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Research-based learning case studies

Below are some examples of research-based learning taking place around UCL.

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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 More...

Published: Sep 18, 2014 11:28:00 AM

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The supernova story and research-based education

Dr Steve Fossey reveals what he learned about research-based education from the supernova discovery More...

Published: Jun 30, 2014 3:21:30 PM

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Would a student travel 270 miles to write an essay? How video assignments can boost student engagement

Professor Marcos Martinon-Torres, UCL Archaeology, presents an experiment in video that can easily be transferred to any discipline More...

Published: Jun 3, 2014 9:58:01 AM

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Involving students in research is a “win-win”, says Dr Alexandra Perovic

At a UCL Arena Exchange session, Dr Alexandra Perovic, Lecturer in Clinical Linguistics, explained how she works with students on her research projects More...

Published: May 22, 2014 1:57:30 PM

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Putting research-based education into practice – what we learned

Dr Bernadett Kalmar and Dr Barney Bryson have helped their masterclass students design their own research programmes. They shared their findings at a UCL Arena Exchange seminar More...

Published: May 12, 2014 1:17:16 PM

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Collaborating with health centres in Tanzania and Jamaica

Professor Tim McHugh, Director of the UCL Centre for Clinical Microbiology, explains why working with and in resource-poor countries is so important, both for research and teaching. More...

Published: Aug 20, 2013 3:20:34 PM

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Ongoing collaborative research project on the history of electricity

Dr Chiara Ambrosio explains how this unique and innovative course works, and why it’s so beneficial for students. More...

Published: Aug 9, 2013 1:00:27 PM


Observing extra-solar planets

In 2008/09 the Astrophysics department applied for funding to facilitate the participation of undergraduates in a collaborative research project. More...

Published: Aug 9, 2013 12:59:05 PM

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Scenario-based learning in Electronic and Electrical Engineering

In this video, Dr Benn Thomsen from UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering discusses his experiences of using scenarios to aid the teaching of undergraduate students. The presentation slides are available to download below the video. More...

Published: Aug 9, 2013 12:51:29 PM

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Using the Teaching Equipment Fund to buy water level recorders

Dr Helene Burningham describes how instruments bought with help from the Teaching Equipment Fund have revolutionised teaching in the Department of Geography. More...

Published: Aug 9, 2013 12:48:25 PM

Object-based learning in the Grant Museum

'Mystery specimen' project

Dr Helen Chatterjee, Senior Lecturer in Biology and Deputy Director of Museums, explains why there are so many puzzled-looking students in the Grant Museum of Zoology. More...

Published: Aug 9, 2013 12:28:55 PM

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Using open-source GIS in teaching

In this video, Liz Jones from UCL Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEGE) discusses the pros and cons of using open-source Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in teaching undergraduate students. More...

Published: Aug 7, 2013 4:02:49 PM

Further information 

  • Please note that the case studies section of the Teaching and Learning Portal is a continually evolving resource. If you or your colleagues are involved in great projects or practices that others might be able to take inspiration from, please get in touch by emailing teaching.learning@ucl.ac.uk
  • Find out more about research-based learning at UCL
  • For discipline-specific advice on research-based learning, contact one of the CALT school-facing teaching fellows

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