Undergraduate students as partners in academic research: The Winchester Research Apprenticeship Programme (WRAP)

Sabine Bohnacker-Bruce


This case study introduces and discusses the Winchester Research Apprenticeship Programme (WRAP) in the Faculty of Business, Law and Sport at the University of Winchester. WRAP realises a student-as-researcher approach, with undergraduate students working as paid research apprentices alongside academics on current disciplinary or pedagogic research projects. This allows students to gain first-hand experience of academic research and to develop research skills as well as transferable skills for employability. WRAP also increases staff engagement in research-informed learning and teaching and strengthens the research culture within the faculty. This paper outlines the development of the scheme over nearly a decade, describes its implementation and discusses feedback from student and staff participants.


Students as partners; undergraduate research programme; research-based learning; research apprentice

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21100/jeipc.v5i1.920


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