Development and implementation of research placement programme for the organisations undergraduate students in the research group.
Aim: The aim of this research project was to develop the organisation’s undergraduate (UG) student research skills and maximise the productivity and outputs within the research group.
Rationale: Productivity and research outputs are known to be directly proportional to the size of the research group. The development of both undergraduates research skills and group’s research performance is in line with the organisations vision and mission statement.
Change Process: HSE model was used; the stakeholders were involved at all the levels within the group, through all the stages of change.
Evaluation: The objectives were evaluated by using qualitative comparison against the standards, whereas training was evaluated by the Kirkpatrick model and the project as a whole was evaluated by CIPP model.
Results: Results showed that the UG students, with extended training period of 1.5 weeks were able to successfully apply their training, and the data generated by the student under supervision and with minimal supervision was found to be robust. Thus this data would form part of the PhD thesis and culminate into a research paper, resulting in a quick research publication. The research group acknowledged the co-supervisory experience gained. Feedback from the students demonstrated that their research experience have resulted in nurturing skills such as innovative thinking which will contribute to their success as undergraduates, and will aid in their career development.
Conclusion: The recruitment of UG students within the research group proved to be advantageous to the UG student, the research group and the principal investigator (PI).