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    Meritocratic and fair? : The discourse of UK and Australia's widening participation policies

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    Funding information: This research has been conducted as part of a PhD, funded by the Aberdeen – Curtin Alliance PhD programme.Peer reviewedPostprin

    Follow the policy : An actor network theory study of widening participation to medicine in two countries

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    CKNOWLEDGEMENTS Our thanks to all those who took part in this research and to colleagues at the Universities of Aberdeen and Curtin for their assistance with participant recruitment. Our thanks also to the Aberdeen-Curtin Alliance, which funded the PhD programme of work of which this study is part.Peer reviewedPublisher PD

    Beyond ‘Listening’ to the Student Voice: The Undergraduate Researcher’s Contribution to the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

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    This paper introduces a novel focus of undergraduate research of which there have been few similar reports. Examples of staff-student research partnerships in teaching and learning are starting to appear in the literature but pedagogic research conducted entirely by undergraduate students is exceptional. The Undergraduate Learning and Teaching Research Internship Scheme (ULTRIS) was conceived at The University of Western Australia (UWA) to introduce undergraduate students to authentic research outside their chosen discipline. By focusing their research on a teaching and learning issue of identified priority for the University, students were able to make significant contributions to the understanding of the problem and provide insights to inform future changes in policy and practice. Beyond the benefits to the institution and the individual students, the model of undergraduate research described in this paper heralds an opportunity for research into teaching and learning to gain acceptance and interest amongst a new and previously uninvolved cohort of investigators

    The Challenges of Going Global with Undergraduate Research: The Matariki Undergraduate Research Network

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    To determine the logistics, benefits, and challenges of developing and implementing an international undergraduate research network, the authors analyzed the Matariki Undergraduate Research Network (MURN). MURN attempted to connect undergraduate students from four countries across two years, with 21 and 23 students respectively. Using mixed methods, the authors explored faculty and student experiences of MURN. Although MURN worked well at the local level, it had limited success at a global level. Teaching across time zones and academic-year differences posed the biggest challenges. Students and faculty reported a range of benefits typical of engagement with undergraduate research but noted weak international connections. A credit-bearing program with partners in similar time zones and academic-year systems, as well as a requirement for collaborative projects across institutions, are recommended