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What is academic research?

'Dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants'. Watch Dr Chris Fuller explain how this metaphor is at the heart of all academic research.

‘Dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants’. Did you know that you can find this metaphor written around the edge of a £2 coin?

In this video you meet Dr Chris Fuller who explains how you can also find it at the heart of all academic research. It’s a metaphor which best reflects the process. It not only sums up one of the fundamental issues of academic research – namely building upon the work of those who came before us – but also highlights the ultimate benefit of research – to allow us to see further and know more.

Through this week’s activities we encourage you to:

  • think about what inspires you (broad topic area)
  • consider what skills you might develop through undertaking a research project (transferable skills)
  • think very clearly about what exactly you are getting into by undertaking a research project (checklist)
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