Butcher, J., Maunder, R. and McCormack, M. (2010) Going URB@N: researching the student experience through undergraduate research bursaries at Northampton. Workshop presented to: University of Northampton Learning and Teaching Conference: Learning Dialogues, University of Northampton, England, 13 May 2010.
This workshop will complement the URB@N poster presentations which attendees at the conference will have been able to view at break and lunchtime. Accompanied by up to nine undergraduate bursary holders, the authors will explore with colleagues the story of URB@N. While the study skills literature recognises the kind of undergraduate dissertation model common across HE, and some academic journal articles report undergraduate research teams in the sciences, URB@N offers a unique instance of undergraduates supporting pedagogic research. The involvement of students in researching the student experience is thus groundbreaking. The evaluation of the pilot version of this innovative student researcher programme (2009) will be briefly outlined, before the substantive part of the workshop, which will focus on outcomes from the 2010 version. Workshop participants will be encouraged to interact with student researchers and project leaders to elicit the benefits to both staff and students of these supported, novice researcher roles