Reach Out Research

Connecting postgraduate student research projects with charities

Reach Out Research connects postgraduate students who are looking for dissertation topics with charities who are looking for research to be carried out.

Dave Coles

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David Coles

Volunteer Centre Manager

The students at LSE bring a fresh, energetic, and innovative perspective to the problems charities face
Students from the LSE have provided valuable academic rigour to help shape our thinking

If your charity is looking for a student to complete research in partnership with your organisation as part of their dissertation then we can help connect you. Your research opportunity will be posted on LSE CareerHub for LSE students to consider with their academic supervisor. They will then be in touch with you to talk in further detail about the opportunity.

Students from different courses may take a different approach to a research topic and you are welcome to host more than one student at your organisation.

In the past LSE students have carried out research looking at motivations of student volunteers, the development of digital products and how to help young people with cystic fibrosis.

How can you get involved?

To add your research opportunities to our database please complete our online form setting out your research requirements. You will be contacted by a member of staff at LSE if there are students interested in your research. Please refer to our advice [pdf] and example application [pdf] before submitting your form.

Most dissertation topics are decided on by March at the latest, but many are decided before Christmas, so we would recommend having your opportunity added to LSE CareerHub as soon as possible. The completion date for a dissertation is usually 31 August.

Please note that whilst the student will be completing the research you will have to invest time in supporting them and ensuring they have the correct data and information. We would recommend having a named person who is responsible for managing the student and their research.

If you have any questions about the programme please contact David Coles, LSE Volunteer Centre Manager.

What charities have said about Reach Out Research

We are so grateful for the work Evie has done on her dissertation. It’s very valuable research, and we wouldn’t have had the time or resources to commit to the project. She’s come up with some innovative ideas on how to tackle some of the most pressing issues for young people with cystic fibrosis. The students at LSE bring a fresh, energetic, and innovative perspective to the problems charities face. Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund

YouthNet has been delighted to take part in the LSE Reachout Research scheme for the past two years. Students from the LSE have provided valuable academic rigour to help shape our thinking around the development of digital products both in their end-to-end conception and in identifying the processes that shape and inform our design practice. YouthNet

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