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Title: Writing a research proposal and completing an RCREG form


1
Writing a research proposaland completing an
RC/REG form
  • Dr. Ros Crawley

2
Documentation
  • Handout for this session Research proposal
  • RC/REG form
  • GRS Website student page Notes for guidance
    sub group meetings

3
  • Research proposal general to any research
    study
  • RC/REG includes a summary of a research degree
    proposal that is written specifically for the
    subgroup that considers registration at the
    University of Sunderland

4
  • You may or may not have written the general
    research proposal that outlines the study which
    you will pursue for your degree
  • But you are expected to write the summary of the
    proposal that appears on the RC/REG

5
Research proposal
  • When choosing a research topic, you should
    consider
  • will it motivate you?
  • is it worthwhile?
  • is it feasible? (think about time limit)
  • is it original?
  • The notes from the session led by Dr. Elizabeth
    Atkinson (Research Paradigms) will be useful to
    you when you write your proposal

6
For example
  • What are your key research questions?
  • What methods will you use?
  • What is the most significant research conducted
    in the field so far?
  • How will your research contribute to this
    literature?

7
Research proposal includes
  • Aims
  • Rationale for the research question(s)
  • Methodology (with justification)
  • Intended analysis
  • Timescale

8
The proposal for a research degree should
demonstrate that your research programme
  • is viable
  • has one or more clear research questions
  • is of sufficient scope and significance to be
    potentially worthy of the standard of the degree
  • can be completed within the time limit

9
  • The proposal should also demonstrate that you
  • understand the issues and theories relating to
    your research topic
  • are familiar with the current literature
  • can justify the approach and proposed methodology

10
Proposal as guide
  • Refer to it regularly to
  • remind yourself of your aims and research
    question(s)
  • remind yourself of the planned timescale
  • Review thoroughly at annual monitoring review
    meetings

11
The registration process
  • Within 4 months of start date
  • Via submission of RC/REG form which is considered
    at a subgroup meeting (usually in the GRS meeting
    room)

12
  • Present at meeting
  • you
  • Director of Studies
  • Chairperson (member of URC from outside academic
    area)
  • member of staff with expertise in your area (but
    not a supervisor)
  • academic area leader
  • Secretary (member of GRS staff)
  • and possibly co-supervisor(s)

13
Registration meeting
  • Director of Studies is there, but the panel will
    direct questions to you
  • Not a grilling - the panel will be supportive,
    checking to see that what you are proposing is
    sound and do-able and has the potential to reach
    the standard of the degree for which you are
    registering

14
Registration meeting
  • Lasts about one hour
  • Starts with 5-10 minute verbal presentation by
    you covering rationale, aims, methodology and,
    in the case of a PhD, originality
  • Not expected to use powerpoint
  • Panel may ask for clarification on any part of
    form but will focus on section 2.3 (summary of
    research proposal)

15
Approval of registration involves a consideration
of
  • Your suitability to undertake the research
  • Whether the proposed research programme is viable
    and worthy of the award
  • Your proficiency in English language
  • Supervision arrangements
  • Facilities available
  • Suitability of the proposed research training
  • Whether ethical approval is needed

16
Possible outcomes
  • Approval
  • Approval subject to panels recommendations being
    taken into account (quite common). In this case,
    the recommendations are followed up at first
    annual review
  • If recommended changes are substantial, the
    meeting is reconvened within 2 months to consider
    a revised RC/REG

17
At end of meeting
  • Secretary to meeting produces notes of main
    comments and any issues to be followed up
  • Signed by student and Director of Studies

18
Then...
  • RC/REG goes to University Research Degrees Sub
    Committee for approval. Once approved, the
    research programme is fully registered and
    approved by the University

19
RC/REG form
  • Students complete sections 1 and 2 in
    consultation with supervisory team
  • Section 1 details of student
  • Section 2 programme of work (summary of research
    proposal)
  • Sections 3-6 completed by your supervisors

20
Section 2
  • Sections 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 must not exceed one
    side of A4 in length, i.e. you will have to
    summarise your fuller proposal
  • But remember there will be further discussion
    during the registration meeting

21
Section 2
  • 2.1 Title clear and concise (it is possible to
    change it)
  • 2.2 Aims one or more clear objectives
  • Section 2.3
  • about 500 words
  • expect to produce several drafts

22
Section 2.3 proposed plan of work
  • subsections
  • rationale for research aims (with reference to
    previous literature, important work should be
    cited)
  • b methodology
  • statement of original contribution (for PhD)
  • plan of work including timescale
  • up to 6 key references (as cited in a)

23
Section 3 Research training
  • Discuss this with your supervisors before they
    complete this section. It will include, for
    example
  • University generic core courses
  • Subject specific training provided by academic
    area (e.g. Masters modules)
  • Participation in research seminars
  • Conference attendance
  • Introduction to teaching and learning for
    visiting lecturers

24
Sections 4-6
  • Section 4 Details of your supervisory team
    including role of co-supervisor(s)
  • Section 5 Period of time for completion of
    programme, and ethics
  • Section 6 Recommendation of supervisors
    (signatures)

25
  • Examples of section 2 from RC/REG forms
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