Come on in to our research labs
Allowing early year undergraduate students access to the research community of practice.
We aim to open-up and share our research laboratories and the science within, by bringing our undergraduate and postgraduate students, and postdoctoral researchers together in new ways. This project is all about building community.
‘Come on in to our research labs’ is an extra-curricular project structured as task-based workshops that allow undergraduates to experience research through discussions with postgraduates, and postdoctoral and academic staff, about the nature of research, science communication, and laboratory work.
Through a series of bespoke new activities, undergraduates and researchers will develop new skills, whille learning from each other and enhancing their networks. This will widen their horizons, and enhance their empoyability
We aim to develop accredited training opportunities for postgraduate researchers and recognition under the Nottingham Advantage Award scheme for undergraduate students. The framework has been designed to be easily customisable to other STEM departments and faculties.
Undergraduate students will benefit from networking with and shadowing postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. They will gain communication skills, learn about new techniques and experience what it is like to be part of the research at the University.
Our postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers will act as mentors, and enhance their science communication skills by giving the undergraduates access to their bench space and demonstrating their day-to-day activities.
The project will create a new framework in which undergraduates, postgraduates and postdoctoral researchers together, develop their science communication skills and appreciation of the public’s engagement with science.
The project is funded by CASCADE (alumni and friends of the University) and HEFCE (Catalyst funding for Learning and Teaching Innovation).
For further information please contact the Project Lead Dr Cristina de Matteis