Bones, Fires and Jelly
October 12, 2011, 4:33 pm
Filed under: Observations and general wonderings

Our honours year students are starting to think about their project titles, this may be a wee while off for some of you but it’s always worth thinking about because it’s a really exciting opportunity for the students and it arrives surprisingly quickly.  It’s a chance to put years of learning into practice and perhaps even create a new research area – who knows!  I know that I’d never have thought of incinerating bones, setting fire to wheelie bins or shooting at jelly if a student hadn’t suggested it!

The projects will take up most of semester 2, but a lot of preparatory work has to be done before then to make sure they get off to a good start. As members of staff we’ve been asked to submit project titles so I submitted three based on subjects I’m interested in.

However, students can also suggest their own project title if they can find someone willing to supervise it. This year’s students seem more keen to develop their own ideas and I’ve already had four come and say “I’ve got this idea…” which is fantastic. Two of them even said they’ve been thinking about their project ever since we talked about it in lectures last year – they were obviously excited by the prospect of their own project!

It’s usually very good when students suggest the topic because it is something they are particularly interested in, and when you’re enjoying what you’re doing you usually work harder and do better. It’s also good for staff because it keeps us on our toes and we learn a lot in the process.  Anyway, I look forward to seeing what combination of topics we come up with this year.


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