Interdisciplinary Student-led Research Presentations and Articles: Let’s Talk About [X]

Struan, A. and Ramsay, S. (2018) Interdisciplinary Student-led Research Presentations and Articles: Let’s Talk About [X]. Applied Learning Conference 2018, Singapore, 25-26 Jan 2018.

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Engagement in undergraduate research is one of the key determiners in continued academic success and development into advanced study (Laursen et al., 2012). Research skills – including critical thinking ability and data management skills – are essential, but there is also increasing pressure for undergraduate students to successfully communicate these findings/skills to broad, interdisciplinary audiences. Our paper discusses two Glasgow-based projects, Let’s Talk About [X] and [X]position (information available at, to develop undergraduate students’ industry readiness and transferable skills through interdisciplinary conference presentations and research journal writing. The uniqueness of our projects lies in the format of the [X] initiative: undergraduate students are given intensive, ongoing mentoring throughout the process (from abstract submission, through paper creation, to presentation/publication) by PhD students from radically different subject backgrounds (e.g. An astrophysics undergraduate was mentored by an English Literature PhD). The end result is a student presentation or a student research article that communicates the result of undergraduate research to interdisciplinary audiences (including academics, employers and the general public) t. Run by the Learning Enhancement and Academic Development Service (LEADS) at the University of Glasgow, the [X] initiative provides a unique opportunity to create employment-ready graduates capable of interdisciplinary communication through student-led creations. Our paper presents evaluation of the impact of the [X] initiative on empowering student success through scaffolded real-world application and engagement with real-world challenges.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
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
University Services > Student and Academic Services > Academic Services
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