Original research

In the true spirit of discovery, IRIS supports students charting a new course through original research.


We provide helpful materials and guide them on their voyage to uncover answers yet to be found.

What makes a project original?


Research based on an original question


An original approach to responding to a question


Above and beyond the curriculum for students ages 16 to 18

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Why do original research?


Solve a problem facing the world today


To further develop your skills in preparation for university application


To illustrate your abilities when applying for an apprenticeship


We offer free support, including access to research guides and materials, to UK state school and college students working on an original research project. If you are a teacher and your student would appreciate our help, click the join button at the top right.


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For students who have come to grips with research and endeavour to chart their own course, we say – go for it! Pose an original question, then try to answer it.


Original research empowers students to become confident, independent thinkers. It teaches young researchers to explore their own ideas in a pragmatic way.  It also nurtures students’ inquisitive nature and enhances their high-order cognitive skills like creativity, critical appraisal, problem solving and analysis.


IRIS provides access to data and resources  – like our Original Research Guide – to support students who wish to embark on a new, original research project. Our original research framework is designed to support students completing project based qualifications such as the extended project based qualification (EPQ) and the CREST Award.


Students are also free to collect or source their own. Through IRIS’ wide network, we can introduce young researchers to relevant academics and experts for support or collaboration.


Once students have completed their research, IRIS can support them in the development of academic posters and papers. We also provide opportunities for students to share and promote their research at conferences and events.

Original research guide


We have useful guidance material for starting your own original research project. If you are interested, get in touch.


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