Making Methods Matter: Enhancing Experience, Embedding Employability

The project team are: Dr Clare Saunders (Senior Lecturer, Exeter); Matthew Ryan (Teaching Fellow, Southampton), Emily Rainsford (PhD student, Southampton) and Emma Thompson (Learn with Us Transition Office, PhD student Southampton)

The project

Making Methods Matter is a pedagogical research project, funded by the Higher Education Academy, designed to evaluate an attempt to improve the teaching and learning of research methods in politics and international relations in the higher education sector.

It is unfortunate that students, across the sector, fail to appreciate the value of research training.    

This project seeks to redress that by making research methods matter by applying them to real-life research settings. We stress to students that research skills have value in academia and beyond: they are particularly useful in the world of work.

The academic research you are producing is an essential component of making our campaign successful… Academic research can give credibility to a campaign.

John Stewart, anti-roads and anti-aviation campaigner