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Disciplinary Research Collaborations

The Disciplinary Research Collaborations (DRCs) strand is an opportunity for students and staff to work in partnership to conduct subject-specific research. DRC projects provide opportunities to develop disciplinary or inter-disciplinary knowledge and skills, as well as to collaborate in new ways.

What are the benefits of taking part?

As part of the DRC strand, all student participants will have the opportunity to develop their independent research skills and put these into practice by actively working on novel research endeavours with members of staff. By working together, students and staff can build their professional relationships, acquire new knowledge, and generate research outputs.

“I found opportunities to research what I was most interested in and it’s amazing because I was constantly surprised by my findings” Ruxandra Calin, Events Management and Tourism Student

“They (DRC) projects can harness staff and student expertise in a fresh and non-hierarchical way” Kerry Stewart, Senior Lecturer Westminster School of Arts

At the end of the project, all participants are invited to a celebration and showcase event for a chance to present their work and receive formal recognition for their participation. Student partners are also awarded a £100 bursary.

Co-Creators of the ‘Antibiotics Undersea’ project, Linda Percy – Senior Lecturer in Life Sciences, Sanel Arif – 3rd year Biomedical Sciences student, and Buket Erbil – 2nd year Biochemistry student.

How does the project work?

There are two cycles that you can conduct your DRC project within. Cycle 1 runs from October to July and cycle 2 runs from January to July. We encourage applications for cycle 1 of the programme as most projects require more time than available in cycle 2.

In order to participate this is what you need to do:

  1. Build a team of two to four students and one or more academic staff
  2. Have a team meeting and submit an application
  3. Attend a mandatory team Introduction and Training Workshop
  4. Finalise a budget plan and ethics application
  5. Conduct the research
  6. Present the research in a final report and as another artefact of the teams’ choice

What support will my project get?

The student partnership team are available to address any queries you may have about your project. We can help you by discussing your project ideas, forming a team and submitting an application. We will also support you through the process of your project in a number of other ways such as:

  • Hosting workshops on the project process and planning, as well as report writing
  • Funding – up to £300 for project costs, and possibly further funds for dissemination
  • Providing templates and resources to help you with your ethics and budget application
  • Providing guidelines for your final report
  • Disseminating your findings within the institution and possibly beyond

How do I apply?

Download an application form. For entry into cycle 1, you must submit your application by 12pm on the 25thOctober 2019. Cycle 2 applications will close at 12pm on the 5thFebruary 2020. It is also possible to transition into Cycle 2 after receiving ethics and budget approval in Cycle 1. Please refer to the Westminster Co-Creators Principles before you apply. To submit your application, please email it to studentpartnership@westminster.ac.uk

Need help?

Come along to our Students as Co-Creators Networking Event on the 2nd October 1.30-3.30pm (room TBC) to discuss ideas and find a team. If you have any further questions, please contact the Student Partnership Programme Coordinator, Moonisah Usman on studentpartnership@westminster.ac.uk