Student engagement 2022/23

Become a Student Research Fellow

The Student Research Fellowship is an initiative where students are given the opportunity to work on Centre for Online and Distance Education (CODE) projects and gain transferable research skills. The fellowship enables you to develop skills you can apply in workplace settings now or in the future. The Centre for Online and Distance Education (CODE) is a University of London initiative to support the development of expertise and innovation in the field of online and distance education through research, training, capacity building, and strategy and policy development.

The nature of the engagement of Student Research Fellows is likely to vary based on the project type. There are four types of CODE project that we anticipate student fellows could participate in:

  • Educational research
  • Development of student support material
  • Project or resource evaluation
  • Focus group and other data gathering activities

There are a range of exciting projects running during the 2022-23 academic year related to managaing academic integrity in online assessment, navigating the future, climate change, and many more. For a full list of these, visit the CODE website

We are recruiting for 20 Student Research Fellows from all around the world.

  • You must be at least halfway through your current programme of study. This means that undergraduate students should have completed a minimum of 180 credits by the start of the 2022-23 academic year, and postgraduates should have completed a minimum of 60 credits
  • You must have demonstrated strong academic achievement (undergraduates must have an average mark of 50%+; postgraduates must have an average of 60%+)
  • You must be available to contribute to meetings and activities through the Internet
  • The hours of work, would vary depending on the specific project but are not likely to exceed 30 hours per fellowship
  • We expect our CODE Student Research Fellows to join our project teams in working on projects from November 2022 onwards. Individual time-tables will be negotiated with the Student Research Fellows
  • We will be hosting an induction for the successful applicants on Thursday 13 October 2022, 1200 – 1300 (BST)

Student Research Fellows will have the opportunity to work with leading experts in the field of Digital, Online and Distance Learning and Education. You will gain transferable knowledge, skills and attributes through working with CODE Fellows on current projects of the Centre. 

Successful completion of the Student Research Fellowship will feature on your academic transcript.

A token of appreciation of £14 per hour will be paid for students who complete the fellowship. Payment will be through Amazon vouchers.

The Fellowship will help develop students fellows' personal, professional and career development needs through engagement with one or more of the following example activities:

  • Educational research
  • Development of learning and teaching resources
  • Project or resource evaluation
  • Focus group and other data gathering activities
  • Application of educational research methods
  • Technical skills in developing resources
  • Collection and analysis of data (which may include conducting interviews, surveys, focus group sessions)
  • Academic/technical writing
  • Working with a diverse group of people and students (recruiting project participants, working project team)
  • Undertaking a literature review
  • Recruiting project participants
  • Explain why you are interested in becoming a CODE Student Research Fellow
  • Outline your suitability for specific project
  • You will be asked to give examples of things you have done in the past that you think are relevant to this role
  • State what skills you would like to develop as a student fellow and how undertaking a student fellowship would contribute to your academic, professional and personal development
  • The Centre for Online Distance Education projects are available on the CODE website. Students will go through a selection process. Successful students will be awarded a CODE Student Research Fellowship

Please apply by completing this application form which closes at 2359 (BST) on Wednesday 31 August 2022.

We will contact you by Monday 10 October 2022 to let you know the outcome of your application.