Recruiting young researchers'
How to decide who to recruit
Think about who you want to recruit to your young researchers group, bearing in mind:
Age range. More than one or two years’ age difference within the group can be a barrier to working together effectively.
Age and intellectual capacity. The age and intellectual capacity of the young researchers will affect the subject and complexity of the topic that they can investigate and the level of support that they will need. If you have a particular research focus in mind or know that the amount of support you can offer is very limited, this may influence who you want to recruit to the group.
Gender. It is best to ask someone who knows the young people well, whether a mixed or single-sex team would work best. Some issues may be best investigated by a single gender team, whereas others will benefit from the perspectives of both genders.
Range of ability. You might choose to engage a mixed ability group of young people or, for example, a group of Gifted and Talented young people. If you recruit a mixed ability group, you will need to manage this carefully to ensure that everyone remains engaged in the project (some may need extra support while others may need extra challenge and stretch).
Your research topic. If you already have a topic in mind, recruit young people who are interested in it and are well placed to work on the topic.
You will need to make sure that everyone is able to participate fully in the research project, so factor in any resource or time implications.