Originally Posted by Dear Wiggo
I might even pretend to be a student and hit up a lecturer
Haha...at big unis they'll have no clue if you walk up and talk to them, but I think you'll find that it would be easier to just tell a lecturer the truth and arrange a meeting.
Most lecturers don't spend much time with undergrads and leave tutorials/labs, etc. To the post grads.
So you could arrange a meeting with a lecturer and explain what you are interested in and most will be happy to assist. The alternative would be to speak with a postgrad, who might take the time to explain the science rather than simply pointing to or providing references.