A Capstone project gives you the chance to work in a team with other students on a project for an external organisation.
It is an excellent opportunity for you to work on a real-world policy problem for an organisation and be supervised by an academic. It will give you an opportunity to:
- develop your ability to work in a team
- deliver successful planning and policy project implementation through strong organisational skills receiving guidance and professional support throughout the project, making yourself more attractive to future employers who frequently seek this important soft skill when they are recruiting.
- grow your skills at writing reports: these differ significantly from academic papers as they require you to apply analysis and research to solve a practical problem.
- enhance your ability to analyse policy by contributing to the drawing of policy recommendations, gathering data, designing analytical frameworks, developing methodology, and reviewing policy literature.
The Capstone project offers employers the opportunity to work with a small student team here at the University of Reading to solve a real-life organisational problem.
You will benefit by receiving sound advice on a relevant policy issue, understanding and clarifying the impact of possible policies and actions, or more simply by understanding the evidence around a specific and socially relevant issue.
The programme is designed to give University of Reading students hands-on experience, and to give organisations an opportunity to benefit from an independent analysis of an existing, or prospective, initiative, policy or area of concern.
Students will work in small teams, with interdisciplinary backgrounds if appropriate to the nature of the project and organisation requests, to deliver a commissioned output on time and to high standard. An academic supervisor will provide guidance throughout the project.
Past projects have included:
- impact assessments
- cost benefit analyses
- a review of the dynamics of central Reading, focusing on its rapidly changing economy and demography,
- advice to a Local Economic Partnership on how to develop a strategy in response to the new Industrial Strategy White Paper.
These are only few examples and should not limit the options available to organisations. Please do get in contact if you are not sure whether the project you are considering is feasible within the Capstone.
Indeed, we encourage a broad range of employers from all sectors to apply for the programme, including business companies, government agencies, not-for-profits, non-governmental organisations (NGOs).