Winchester Research Apprenticeship Programme
Winchester Research Apprenticeship Programme (WRAP) offers the opportunity for students to gain work experience in research by working alongside an academic member of staff at the University on a real-life research project. This enables them to develop transferable skills, and encourages them to continue on to postgraduate education at the University. WRAP also aims to increase staff engagement in research-led learning and teaching and strengthens the research culture within their faculty. Student participants receive a scholarship payment of £220 per week and projects vary in length from one to four weeks.

For more information, contact Dr Stuart Sims – Head of Student Engagement

What does a typical WRAP project entail?

There’s no such thing as a typical WRAP project because they’re as varied as the research culture at Winchester. 

 Last year, students worked as researchers on projects ranging from the Changing Space of Fandom to exploring the impact of exercise on cognitive function to the archaeology of the Royal Hunting Lodges.

What are the motivations behind WRAP?

WRAP allows students to contribute to a live research project as an assistant which can include fieldwork, reviewing literature and contributing to writing up projects. The scheme also aims to encourage staff engagement across the University in research-led learning and teaching across faculties.

What support do you get from the University?

WRAP students work in close partnership with academic members of staff and receive direct guidance when conducting research in their field. Students are paid £220 per week for a maximum of four weeks to support a research project in their discipline.

Key benefits to students

Working as a Winchester Research Apprentice offers a range of benefits to students, these include:

• Becoming more active members of our institutional research community of practice

• Opportunities to explore an area of research interest in more depth

• Become more confident about final year projects and postgraduate study

• Develop disciplinary specific research skills and transferable skills such as professionalism, written communication and time management

• Working in close contact with academic staff

• Engaging in the wider academic field by presenting at conferences and supporting publications

Key benefits to the University

The Winchester Research Apprenticeship Programme is important for:

• Strengthening the culture of research-informed teaching

• Improving the ethos and culture of the University by promoting collaborative partnership

Key benefits to the sector

WRAP involves students from the very beginning of the research process. It enhances students employability with transferable skills when finding a new job.

Each student who enrols on the scheme is an apprentice, giving them hands on experience to develop as contributors in their intellectual field.