Bioscience Horizons – the national undergraduate research journal. Dr Celia Knight Faculty of Biological Sciences. University of Leeds Learning and Teaching Conference January 2009. Talk outline. Journal aims How it started How it runs Evaluation Future prospects
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Dr Celia Knight
Faculty of Biological Sciences
University of Leeds Learning and Teaching Conference January 2009
Biolog-e on-line and approached me
in 2006. They also contacted Jac
Potter about Origin.
journal in promoting their
undergraduate skills publications.
type of journal with the backing of a
professional publishers that worked for
the UK Bioscience academic community
Celia Knight University of Leeds
Martin Luck University of Nottingham
Julian Park University of Reading
Alison Fletcher University of Chester
Jac Potter Trinity College Dublin
Jonathan Crowe Oxford University Press
Alan Jenkins Consultant
84% in favour of the establishment of a national undergraduate research journal
"BioScience Horizons is a much better introduction to the real world of authorship than
tutorial exercises. Furthermore, people need to be made aware that real research can be
done, and is done, in final-year projects. Authorship is recognition, a reward due to those
to whom it really belongs. This scheme sends nothing but positive signals in all
John Allen, Professor of Biochemistry, Queen Mary, University of London
"I knew I wanted to work in research and this was
not only great practice from that point of view, but
it was also a stand-out feature on my CV when I
began applying for PhDs”
Samantha Fahy, student author of article in
Volume 1 from THE article 7th Aug 2008
Concerns raised are:-
Level 2 students
Tutees told to read a paper and think that their research project the
following year could be good enough to be nominated for
Can they identify with the generic skills – e.g. writing style,
graphical presentation of data etc.?
What do they need to learn and practice during level 2 to be
prepared for their final year project?
High-achieving final year students preparing for PhD
We already see that the major difficulty that students have in
rewriting their paper for the journal is making the transition from a
full detailed report of all that they did, to a publication-ready
manuscript that focuses on the results, the methodology used and
the interpretation of the data.
There is scope here to use the journal format as a learning tool.
An undergraduate research journal is a good way to help University
applicants identify with research. They can see research relating to
them through the word “undergraduate”. That it is published
professionally and available for their families to see is also
motivational and a good way to disseminate University business to