Research and the Research Student
Students in higher or further education, whether full-or part-time, may be required to complete projects of one kind or another. In some instances the project forms a relatively minor part of a course; in others, the project is virtually the whole basis on which an award is made. At either extreme, the primary purpose in making a research project part of a qualification is to foster the personal development of the student. With a research project, at whatever level, the agenda is set by the student to a greater extent than is possible in the ordinary taught course. Similarly, the student bears responsibility for the quality of learning that takes place in the project and for the eventual written outcome.