Initially funded in 2008-09 as an L&T project in the Faculty of Arts, WRAP provides an opportunity for students to work with academics on a 'placement', allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of how academics conduct research and becoming actively involved in activities underlying research, such as bid preparation, literature search and data collection.
WRAP runs annually across all four faculties, deepening staff and student partnerships and embedding research skills among students. WRAP students are paid a small bursary for their work.
WRAP projects may have a wide reach, for instance a recent WRAP project has attracted the attention of Spain's governing elite (find out more).
A student working with Carol Smith, Head of Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Arts, said: "I was keen to see if I would enjoy the more rigorous nature of academic research, and I did. I loved it. It is an experience I will be eternally grateful for having had and one that has convinced me that this is a line of work I would like to pursue. It is like detective work with the delicious, added element of intellectual satisfaction."
"Students gain much from the experience of working closely alongside an academic on a real research project, learn vital organisational, analytical and information skills, and witness the real excitement of first-hand involvement in academic research", commented Professor Kris Spelman Miller, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, who led the introduction of WRAP.