Introduction to the Research Programme
The EWB-UK Research Programme provides the research skills of our volunteers - and hence the facilities of the institutions they study at – as a resource for development organisations. By working with them to turn identified technical issues into research briefs, we can offer research projects to researchers that are useful, exciting and relevant and that fit into academic degrees.
Partner Organisations approach EWB-UK with issues they have identified and would like to have researched by our volunteers.
We then formulate a rough research brief with them and post it onto our website so that students, academics and professionals can look at it.
If a potential researcher finds a brief they are interested in they can then apply to either undertake the research brief as a project/dissertation.
If an academic finds a brief they would like to propose to their students, they can apply to register this intention.
The briefs are mostly aimed at 3rd and 4th year students looking for independent research. However, the structure is flexible and the projects can be approached from a group perspective and/or aimed at a higher or lower level from 1st year to PhD.
Upon a successful application, we put the researcher in touch with our contact at the partner organisation and together, with the academic supervisor, they work together on definitively scoping out the research brief to suit the needs of all parties.
Once the research is complete, we ensure that the findings are communicated back to our partners to be put into action, used for further research and also disseminated through the knowledge section of our website.