Gaining vital skills through research

A small group of students in lab coats conduct an experiment during a practical session in one of our laboratories.

Learning how to conduct research is essential for enhancing graduate skills, challenging students to achieve their full potential and increasing employability. In the Department of Biology, it is also a key part of the curriculum for all students.

Part of the Department’s employability strategy, the Research Methods module allows students to get hands-on experience of research by planning and conducting a short research project, followed by data analysis and results presentation. The highlight of the module, which involves all members of the Department, is Research Week – an intensive period of student-led, lab-based research, culminating in a Research Poster Evening, when students present their results in a scientific conference setting.

“The module is an essential component of the training that we provide for students. The skillset that they acquire is particularly useful in preparing for their dissertations, and for future careers in research. It also promotes independent thinking, improves scientific communication skills and helps students feel more confident.”

Dr Andre Antunes, Senior Lecturer in Biology