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NewsSue Pemberton, Continuing Education Librarian, to Retire Her retirement in March, 2018, after twelve and a half years at Rewley House, and career of nearly forty years working in libraries. Spotlight on Staff: Dr Elizabeth Gemmill Associate Professor in History has been opening Continuing Education students’ eyes to the past for nearly two decades Writing your research proposalThe purpose of the research proposal is to demonstrate that the research you wish to undertake is significant, necessary and feasible, that you will be able to make an original contribution to the field, and that the project can be completed within the normal time period.

Some general guidelines and advice on structuring your proposal are provided below. Research proposals should be no longer than 3,000 words (excluding the reference list/bibliography).

Title sheet This should include your name, the degree programme to which you are applying and your thesis proposal title. Topic statement This should establish the general subject area you will be working in and how your topic relates to it.

Explain briefly why your topic is significant and what contribution your research will make to the field. Research aims These should set out the specific aims of your research and, if appropriate to your discipline, the main research questions.

Review of the literature Provide a brief review of the significant literature and current research in your field to place your own proposed research in context and to establish its potential contribution to the field. Study design / theoretical orientation Outline the theoretical approaches taken in your topic and indicate which approach or approaches you propose to use in your research and why you plan to do so.

Research methods Briefly describe your proposed research methods, including the type of information and sources to be used, the main research methods to be employed, any resources needed and any ethical or safety issues identified. Tentative chapter outline You may wish to include a tentative chapter outline if available at this stage.

References/Bibliography List all publications cited in your proposal using a suitable academic referencing system.