University support for the EPQ


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The University of Lincoln offers a full day research session for students. 

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Offer the facility for you to visit the University with a group of students:

  • Research skills workshop (2 hours long run by staff and postgraduate students)
  • Visit to the library (introduction to locating resources)

Book a visit at their website.

The University also provide a collection of resources to help you run the EPQ:

  • Making a start
  • Smart reading
  • Engaging with visual culture
  • Referencing, not plagiarising
  • Report writing
  • Effective presentations
  • Visualisations and presentation of data

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UCL offer a 'Getting Started with your EPQ: Beginners Workshop'

A two hour workshop aimed at students who have decided to undertake the EPQ but have not yet chosen a topic.

You can book a time slot for groups of up to 25 students.

Students can also apply for the 'EPQ Research Day: Advanced Support' and further details are on their website.

NOTE: Available only for state schools.

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Univ of Southampton - ebook resource

The University of Southampton's Learn with US Transition Programme looks to support the EPQ in a number of ways:

-          Through the bespoke research skills sessions that can be tailored to aid any step of the EPQ process. These sessions are delivered by research active academics.

-          The University provides groups of students the opportunity, throughout the year, to visit their largest library, the Hartley library, so that they can access all the resources made available by the University of Southampton to utilise them for their EPQ work. This includes books, journals, online databases etc. They receive an induction so that they can make the best use of what is available.

-          It also provides online guides to support the research process and help with all the academic skills that are acquired during this time. They can be accessed using the following links: http://www.learnwithus.southampton.ac.uk/academicSkills/ and http://www.learnwithus.southampton.ac.uk/extendedProject/

-          The University has developed an online course, in association with the Open University's FutureLearn platform called 'developing your research project' and is designed for anybody embarking on their first research project.  It provides students with the opportunity to be part of a much wider community of researchers, bringing together students and supervisors undertaking research projects from all over the world through the discussion forums. The course covers starting an academic project, drafting a research proposal, undertaking research and recording finds, choosing appropriate methodologies, academic reading, referencing and writing up and presenting the results of academic inquiry. Having been successful in 2014 the course will be running again twice in 2015; from Monday 22nd June and Monday 14th September.


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Queen Mary allows visits from groups to their library and access to the 'Thinking Writing' teams.

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Future Learn have a free online course that is available for students to participate on (or even supervisors to find out more about academic research).

The course is called 'Developing your research project' and aims to guide students through the research process over a period of 8 weeks (1 hour per week).



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The University of Exeter has a series of four workshops to help students gain the skills required for the EPQ.



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The library at the University of Birmingham runs Information and Research Skills sessions for sixth-form students. They run two interactive sessions with dates available on their website.

The university also produces a selection of skills packs that can also be downloaded directly from their website.


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Whilst not just for the EPQ Leeds University have a section for student study skills. They have a set of films for students to watch (time management, critical thinking, referencing and online research).

They also provide supporting documents for each of these films.

Direct link: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/125097/activities_for_schools_and_colleges/1939/teachers‐resources