Cornelia Potterie is Course Coordinator for the Research Skills course at the Foundation Year for Health Colleges (FYHC) at Princess Nora University, Riyadh – the world's largest women’s university. In her current role, she established and oversees the Research Skills curriculum through which over 700 students, under the supervision of 26 instructors, complete around 350 short research projects per year. All the projects are presented in the form of research posters at the annual FYHC Student Research Day. Cornelia is also the course coordinator for the Medical Terminology and Health Professions courses and is member of several FYHC committees. In addition to being a registered dietician (RDUK), Cornelia has a MA in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of Warwick and an English Language Teaching qualification. She has several years of experience teaching research skills at undergraduate and postgraduate level and has taught in the UK and Saudi Arabia.
27 February 2019 | 15:00 - 15:30 | English | Demystifying Research: Experiences from a HE Foundation Year Programme
Although research is a pillar of academic institutions, teaching, and learning, how to do research at university is a challenge for both educators and students. While lecturers face the challenge of making research relevant, accessible and practical (Casey et al., 2016; Papanastasiou, 2005), students struggle with the ‘difficulty’ of learning/doing research. They are also often not aware of the usefulness and relevancy of research to their academic and professional career (ibid.). However, this doesn’t need to be the case. Referring to experiences from the past four years, this presentation will show that it is not only possible to overcome many of the barriers to teaching or acquiring research skills, but it is also possible to replace anxiety about doing research with sound basic knowledge, confidence and curiosity, right at the start of a student’s academic career.