Research and Multidisciplinary Communication: A Key Graduate Skill

Struan, A. and Ramsay, S. (2020) Research and Multidisciplinary Communication: A Key Graduate Skill. QAA Scotland's International Enhancement Conference: Building Resilient Learning Communities: Using Evidence to Support Student Success, 03-05 Nov 2020.

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Abstract

Over the past 6 years, we developed, operated and grew a multidisciplinary undergraduate research conference and journal. Together, these form a framework for the development of a multitude of graduate skills that originate in undergraduate research, and which are of significant benefit to students regardless of whether they move into research or employment. We will present findings on the ways in which UG and PGR students involved in the process have reflected on, and developed, their graduate and researcher skills. Both the conference (Let’s Talk About [X]) and journal ([X]position) task students to think about their research from an outsider’s perspective. By pairing our UG researchers with one of our GTA team from outside of their discipline, students are taught how to communicate professionally and academically, yet for a non-specialist (and therefore not-automatically-invested) audience. Our studies provide evidence for: • how students regard their position in, and their attitudes to, academia; • student perceptions of the importance of multidisciplinary communication; • the importance and impact of student ownership on their higher-level, independent coursework; • students’ explicit development of graduate skills.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Struan, Dr Andrew and Ramsay, Dr Scott
Authors: Struan, A., and Ramsay, S.
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
College/School:University Services > Learning and Teaching Services Division
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