The Graduate Research Internship scheme

Under the vision and initiative of Dr Theodora Papatheodorou, Research Fellow, and the leadership of Dr Janet Rose, Principal, Norland introduced the Graduate Research Internship (GRI) scheme in summer 2020. The GRI scheme aims to enhance Norland’s research environment and culture and, at the same time, offer graduates the opportunity to practising the research learning and skills they have acquired during their studies. It provides interns with further insight into the world of research and equips them with a range of research and transferable skills applied in a collaborative and collegial working environment.

The GRI scheme is funded by the Norland Foundation and will continue in summer 2021. Watch this space for the announcement of calls for applications in Spring 2021. For further information about the scheme, please contact Dr Theodora Papathedorou.

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Our 2020 Graduate Research Interns

Juliane Buchheit

Juliane is a Norland graduate. She worked on the research project ‘Exploration of a viva as an assessment tool for work-based assessment in early childhood undergraduate studies’, led by Tom Parsons, Senior Lecturer in Early Years. Juliane started her Newly Qualified Nanny year in September 2020 and she is planning to do a master’s degree soon.

 

“Great to work alongside a more knowledgeable other, overcoming the imposter-syndrome, wanting to see it through to the end…”

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Kexin Chang

Kexin is a graduate from Wuhan University, College of Foreign Languages and Literature, with a BA in English Language. At the time of her internship, Kexin was completing her MA in Early Years Education at the Institute of Education, University College London. Kexin worked on the ‘Norland studentship’ research project, led by Dee Burn, Head of Marketing, Student Recruitment and Brand. On completion of her master’s degree and the internship, Kexin looks forward to starting her PhD.

 

“I really gained new knowledge from this wonderful experience… Colleagues and my research lead were really supportive and nice during my internship, benefiting my future career… gained valuable experience.”

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Aimee Fletcher

Aimee is a graduate from Liverpool Hope University with a BA in Psychology and Early Childhood. Aimee worked on the research project ‘More connected, whilst further apart? A reflection and investigation of a higher education provider’s experience of supporting student through blended learning during the COVID-19 pandemic’, led by senior early years lecturers Katie Crouch and Lucy Krebs. On completion of her internship, Aimee is looking forward to starting her master’s degree in psychology at the University of Lancaster.

 

“I can take forward the skills I have learned through to my master’s and hopefully to a future PhD…”

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Alice Lucas-Clements

Alice is a graduate from Cardiff University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology (and has Norlander roots!). Alice worked on the ‘Curriculum mapping’ research project, led by Dr Theodora Papatheodorou, Research Fellow. On completion of her internship, Alice will be moving on to employment.

 

“Great internship experience, amazing support, interesting topics, good access to resources, new opportunities, positive challenges, valuable work experience… Working with Norland made me feel like a valued member of the team… Thank you.”

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Ying Zhang

Ying is a graduate from Beijing Normal University with a bachelor’s degree in early years education. At the time of her internship, Ying was completing her MA in Early Years Education at the Institute of Education, University College London. Ying worked on the research project ‘How do students, Newly Qualified Nannies and Norlanders’ apply the professional development module and unit learning outcomes to their practice and do they use these to inform their lifelong learning?’, led by Debbie Buck, Acting Head of Learning & Teaching. On completion of her master’s and the internship, Ying is looking forward to starting her doctoral studies in the US.

 

“Focus group and digital storytelling were initially two relatively new methods for me, but I have learned a lot about them now. Thanks for holding a useful session regarding focus groups.”

 

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