Group work

  • Most courses will involve some form of working together in groups for a project or assignment. You may be put into a group by your lecturer, or you may be able to choose your own groups. It is an opportunity to develop team-work and leadership skills that are highly valued by employers. Being able to collaborate with others is also valuable more generally in life and in studying. Getting the basics right at the beginning will help to keep your group on track, enabling you to work to everyone’s strengths and have an enjoyable experience.

    Our top tips

    Agree on how to organise

    One of the first tasks of any group is to agree on the practicalities of how you will meet, communicate, and make decisions. This guide gives a good overview on running a group smoothly:

    Managing problems

    All groups face some disagreements as you get to know each other’s strengths and establish the norms for how the group will work together. It’s good to understand why any problems might be occurring and address them early on without getting personal.

    Further resources

    If you’d like to read more about the dynamics of good group work, see this resource and book list created by Brookes Library: