Active learning across disciplines: opportunities to develop employability skills and leadership potential in undergraduate students. A student and staff perspective.

Alison Faith Kelly, J Bell, R Dicker, M Garcia, E Kelly, R Streich, Hilda Mulrooney


Working effectively within multidisciplinary teams is an important employability skill common in postgraduate working life, but opportunities to develop this are limited in many undergraduate taught programmes. The projects reported here offered twelve level 5 undergraduate students from a range of science disciplines the opportunity to work with each other and staff on a specific research question. This paper explores the experience of cross-disciplinary research from both the student and staff research partners’ perspectives. In particular the employability skills gained from such partnership working, the potential for developing and demonstrating leadership skills, and the benefits and disadvantages are discussed.


Partnership; Active learning; Cross disciplinary; Research; Employability; Leadership

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