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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsDR. JON COPLEY: I study life at the bottom of the ocean - the very deep ocean.

Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsDR. DRAGANA MLADENOVIC: I'm a Roman archaeologist, so I look at how Romans interacted with peoples they conquered.

Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsDR. FILIPPO FAZI: Well, I work on sound, and I try to understand how sound is generated-- how it propagates in an environment.

Skip to 0 minutes and 18 secondsDR. LIZ CLUETT: I research women's experience of birth.

Skip to 0 minutes and 21 secondsDR. WILL JENNINGS: Looking at how voters - how the public evaluate the competence of political parties.

Skip to 0 minutes and 27 secondsDR. RUTH BARTLETT: I've researched mainly the lives of people who have dementia.

Skip to 0 minutes and 32 secondsDR. DAVID READ: So my aim is to get involved in education research - to find ways to collect evidence, to find out what works and what doesn't work.

Skip to 0 minutes and 39 secondsDR. FILIPPO FAZI: What inspires me to undertake research?

Skip to 0 minutes and 42 secondsDR. RUTH BARTLETT: It was about trying to make a difference.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 secondsDR. DRAGANA MLADENOVIC: Well, I've always been curious.

Skip to 0 minutes and 46 secondsDR. JON COPLEY: I've always been fascinated by the unknown.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 secondsDR. LIZ CLUETT: I was a practicing midwife, and I care for women.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 secondsDR. FILIPPO FAZI: It was curiosity. Isn't it fascinating to try and understand what is the physical underpinnings of this phenomena?

Skip to 0 minutes and 58 secondsDR. DAVID READ: So educators can make informed decisions about what to do in the classroom.

Skip to 1 minute and 2 secondsDR. DRAGANA MLADENOVIC: And research is one of the ways of finding things out.

Skip to 1 minute and 5 secondsDR. WILL JENNINGS: Influence the views they hold about the world.

Skip to 1 minute and 8 secondsDR. FILIPPO FAZI: Using all this knowledge in a creative manner to create devices and new things and advance the technology.

Skip to 1 minute and 13 secondsDR. DAVID READ: So we can publish this and share it with the wider community.

Skip to 1 minute and 17 secondsDR. DRAGANA MLADENOVIC: And the pleasure of finally cracking it is quite unique.

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Developing Your Research Project

University of Southampton

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