Research Academy

Giving students a flying start in their dissertation or final year project.

Twice a year (Summer and Winter) the Centre for Research-informed Teaching in conjunction with WISER run a series of workshops over a two day period aimed at equipping students with all the skills they will need to successfully complete their extended project / dissertation in their final year.

The Academy does not replace supervision but rather acts to enhance the final year experience. Students have the opportunity to discuss their progress informally with their peers as well as being able to tailor their time at the Academy so they attend the training most useful to them. Although the Academy is aimed primarily at final year students, interested second year students are also welcome to apply.

The workshops cover a range of topics including; writing skills; data collection, analysis and presentation; project management and working with your supervisor.

Collaborators and Partners

Dawn Harrison (LBS), Faye Skelton (Psychology), Mal Auton(Health), Clare Lawrence (Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences), Julie Brand, Teresa Gorrell and other colleagues from LIS, Paula Mccandless (STO).

Clients or funders



  • Students that are better prepared for their dissertation / final year project
  • A community of undergraduate researchers that may become the basis of a community of practice.

Project lead

Dr Mandy Dillon

Project staff

Professor Stuart Hampton-Reeves, Helen Hewertson, Karen Smith.


2012 - present

Further information

For further information about this project please contact Mandy Dillon on