StudentShapers Opportunities across all Faculties and Departments:

 

Summer vacation projects will be listed here when approved, with most becoming available in early March.

Important: All projects which have agreed funding and are due to commence shortly are listed below. If you are a student and interested in developing a project you should work in partnership with a member of staff to develop the idea and who will need to submit a project proposal for funding.

 Please note the StudentShapers team doesn't handle your application directly; if you are interested in any of the projects listed below  you should make contact with the staff lead of the project.

New projects seeking student partners

Careers Service: First Year Undergraduates: What Should I do with my Summer?

Summary

Creating resources with the department to support and guide Undergraduate first years.

Project type:

Curriculum Development (Summer holiday)

Project lead:

Madelaine Chapman - Careers Service (m.chapman@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/Experience required

1 student in total, 6 weeks in length. 1st, 2nd or 3rd year UG students from any department

Chapman recruitment ad

Mechanical Engineering: Fluid Mechanics Teaching Development

Summary

Developing Digital Interactive teaching materials and active learning content for Fluid Mechanics modules in the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate degree. 

Project type:

Curriculum Development (Summer holiday)

Project lead:

Dr Peter Johnson - Dept of Mechanical Engineering (p.johnson@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/Experience required

UG Mech Eng students in their second year or higher (students from Chem. Eng., Civil, Aero, Physics, or Maths UG disciplines are welcome to apply but must have the relevant background in Fluid Mechanics), 4 students in total, 10 weeks in length

Materials: Developing video guides and teaching materials to enhance conceptual understanding to enrich laboratory learning experience

Summary

Supporting the laboratory transition to bridge the gap in practical skills by revamping experiments, planning and recording videos (pre-learning materials) as well as formatting them.

Project type:

Curriculum Development (Summer holiday)

Project lead:

 Dr Manjula Silva - Dept of Materials (k.silva@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/Experience required

UG Materials students, 3 students in total, 4 weeks in length. One current 2nd year student (2018/19) with a keen interest in measuring the properties of electronic/magnetic materials and experience in constructing electronic circuits. Two other 2nd year or 3rd year students with interest in developing teaching materials, video guides.

Video Guides recruitment ad

Global Health: Virtual Roundtable for COllaborative Multistakeholder Education Design (ViRCoMED) in Global Health Education on Refugee Health

Summary

Involvement in the organisation and running of the ViRCoMED from beginning to end; curriculum and assessment in Refugee Health in particular.

Project type:

Curriculum Development

Project lead:

Dr Mariam Sbaiti - School of Public Health (m.sbaiti@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/Experience required

Alumni of BSc Global Health programme still undergoing study at Imperial college, 2 students in total, 10 half days during Summer term-time and 2 weeks at full-time during Summer holidays. 

Virtual Roundtable recruitment ad

Chemistry: Interactive Bank of Molecular Orbital Diagrams and Spectra (IBMODS)

Summary

Designing an on-line resource for MO diagrams, generating Spectra and animations.

Project type:

Curriculum Development (Summer holiday)

Project lead:

Prof Patricia Hunt - Chemistry Dept (p.hunt@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/Experience required

UG Chemistry students, 2 students in total, 12 weeks in length

Aeronautics: Harnessing Electronic Resources to support more Active Learning in Aeronautics

Summary

Developing AeroLearn E-Learning website, including briefing videos, interactive lecture notes and self-assessment opportunities.

Project type:

Curriculum Development (Summer holiday)

Project lead:

Dr Errikos Levis - Dept of Aeronautics (errikos.levis03@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/Experience required

Aeronautics UG students, 6 students in total, 6 weeks in length

Mathematics: Learning by Discovery in Statistics

Summary

Reviewing relevant points for data and simulation in Statistics year 1 syllabus, and designing active learning resources.

Project type:

Curriculum Development (Summer holiday)

Project lead:

Dr Chris Hallsworth - Dept of Mathematics (c.hallsworth@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/Experience required

Mathematics students, 4 students in total, up to 7 weeks in length

Computing: Innovating Computing Professional Skills Teaching

Summary

Reviewing current professional skills teaching across modules alongside student feedback, and creation and compilation of survey data as well as final evaluation.

Project type:

Curriculum Development (Summer holiday)

Project lead:

Dr Thomas Lancaster - Computing Department (t.lancaster@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/Experience required

UG Computing students - 1 student in total, 10 weeks in length

Faculty of Medicine: Attributes and Aspiration Course: Phase 1 Review

Summary

Reviewing Phase 1 online learning design materials for this innovative short course, which will support students’ career planning and skills development.

Project type:

Curriculum Development (Summer holiday)

Project lead:

Dallas Alexandrou - Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Taught programmes (dallas.alexandrou@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/Experience required

Two StudentShaper opportunities are available to the following Faculty of Medicine cohorts:

  • part time  Postgraduate taught students
  • 2nd year  BMB students
  • 3rd year   BMS students

Attributes and Aspirations Phase 1 recruitment ad

Faculty of Medicine: Creation of 'Videobites' for Living anatomy and Observed Structured Practical Examination (OSPE)

Summary

Planning and script-writing videos as well as formatting newly created materials alongside staff partners.

Project type:

Curriculum Development (Summer holiday)

Project lead:

Dr Omid Halse - Faculty of Medicine Centre  (o.halse@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/Experience required

UG Medicine students having just completed Year 2 - 2/3 in total, 2 weeks in length

Medical Curriculum Web - Supporting the Transition from Clinical study to the science year

Summary

Supporting students as they transit between year 3 of the MBBS course into year 4.  An inter-departmental collaboration for building digital content.

Project type:

Curriculum Development (Summer holiday)

Project lead:

Tamlyn Peel - National Heart and Lung Institute (t.peel@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/Experience required

(X4) UG Medical students, (X2) UG Computing students - 6 in total, 4 weeks in length

Dept of Medicine: Implementing Imperial MedSTEP in the reviewed curriculum for Year 1 MBBS (2019-2020)

Summary

Students will work in close collaboration with Dr Tanvi Agrawal to develop self-tests mapped onto the Topic-level learning outcomes for new curriculum themes POM and Systems (Year 1). The student partners will be provided with extensive guidance about question writing and also opportunities to work closely with module development leads.

Project type:

Curriculum Development (Summer holiday)

Project lead:

Dr Tanvi Agrawal - Dept of Medicine (t.agrawal@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/Experience required

  Year 1 and 2 MBBS students - 4 in total, 2 weeks in length

Ongoing projects no longer seeking partners

Faculty of Natural Science: Imperial Visualisations

Summary

Students will work with Javascript, CSS, HTML, and Github.  With the support of experienced students, you will pick up these coding skills independently during the project. You will be encouraged as a team to take ownership of the project and play a substantial role in optimising the design of the visualisations.

Project type:

Curriculum Development (1 year in length - during term and holiday time)

Project lead:

Dr Caroline Clewley -  Faculty of Natural Sciences, Physics Dept (c.clewley@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/Experience required

 UG or PG students in Faculty of Natural Sciences - specifically Physics, Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics - 16 in total, 1 year in length.

Dept of Medicine: Shaping Innovative Assessment: A student-staff collaboration initiative for the BSc in Humanities, Philosophy and Law

Summary

Recruiting student partners to collaborate in assessment design, from the wording of the assignment to the beta-testing.  Designing three new highly innovative assignments for the BSc.

Project type:

Curriculum Development (Summer holiday)

Project lead:

Dr Giskin Day - Dept of Medicine (giskin.day@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/Experience required

 Former BSc Humanities, Philosophy and Law students still undergoing study within Imperial (at UG or PG) in the 2019/20 Academic year - 3 in total, 7.5 days in total spread out over one month

Giskin Day Shaping Innovative Assessment recruitment ad

Dyson School of Design Engineering: MakerSpace Management Software System

Summary:

Creating a Management software system for a student-led MakerSpace, providing facilities at the South Kensington campus for students to make and design - acting as a 'node' of College's Advanced Hackspace, but enabling access for South Kensington based students. 

Project type:

Curriculum Development (Summer holiday)

Project lead:

Professor Peter Cheung (p.cheung@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/experience required:

Project designed with students. 

Digital Learning Hub: Learning Analytics

Summary

Applying statistics knowledge to real world problems, via a research project using aggregated data from Coursera and edX.

Project type:

Educational Research (Summer holiday)

Project lead:

Irene Kalkanis - Digital Learning Hub (i.kalkanis@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/Experience required

3 students in total, 8 weeks in length

Digital Learning Hub: Imperial Visualisations in MOOCs

Summary

Creating innovative digital learning artefacts. 

Project type:

Educational Research (Summer holiday)

Project lead:

Irene Kalkanis - Digital Learning Hub (i.kalkanis@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/Experience required

3 students in total, 8 weeks in length

Careers Service: Student Partner: A Comprehensive Review

Summary

Collaborating with the department acrossCareer Guidance, Employer Liaison and Information provision.

Project type:

Curriculum Development (Summer holiday)

Project lead:

Jason Yarrow - Careers Service (j.yarrow@imperial.ac.uk)

Further Details/Experience required

1 student in total, 6 weeks in length.  Students in their final or penultimate year from any department

Yarrow recruitment ad

Civil Engineering: Evidence for better design education: measuring curriculum review effects in a quantitative way

Summary

Assessing the impact of curriculum review on Year 1 undergraduate Civil and Environmental Engineering

Project type:

Ad-hoc (Curriculum development)

Project lead:

Dr Roel Schipper - Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Further details/experience required

UG Year 2 or 3 Civil Engineering student, 1 student in total.

LKC School of Medicine: International Medical Education: Why do students pursue international placements during undergraduate medical studies?

Summary

Exploring motivating factors, collecting and analysing research via focus groups and questionnaires.

Project type:

Educational Research (part-time for one year)

Project lead:

Dr Emma Keeling - Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (emma.keeling@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/Experience required

Years 2-5 of MBBS students eligible, 1 student in total, 12 months in length at approx. half a day a week. 

Keeling International Medical Education recruitment ad

Life Sciences: Flying Towards Success: Diversifying Life Sciences students' skills using Fruit Flies

Summary

Utilising the expertise of the lecturer in fruit fly genetics & techniques, students will devise a series of authentic experiments (using the fruit fly) aligned to the (recently revised) learning outcomes of the module.

Project type:

Curriculum Development (Summer holiday)

Project lead:

Dr Colin McClure -  Dept of Life Sciences (c.mcclure@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/Experience required

Year 3 UG students in Life Sciences - 1 in total, 3 weeks in length

University Transition: A holistic and inclusive approach through blended pre-learning

Summary

Supporting the academic transition with material to bridge the academic 'gap', including planning social initiatives and pre-learning material as videos and online quizzes.

Project type:

Curriculum Development (Summer holiday)

Project lead:

Inkeri Hibbins - Dept of Mathematics (i.hibbins@imperial.ac.uk)

Further Information/experience required

All UG students (inclusive of final year students who will be continuing ongoing studies at Imperial in Academic year 19-20) - 6 in total, 4 weeks in length, then 1 week implementation as part of Induction week.

Faculty of Medicine: Attributes and Aspirations Course: Review and critique of open-source, relevant materials and courses

Summary

The StudentShaper would be required to identify potential material across a range of agreed platforms; design a criteria-based framework in order to assess the materials, identifying which are judged to be appropriate and which are not, and propose potential applications for those deemed to be of appropriate quality for AA.

Project type:

Curriculum development (during term and holiday time)

Project lead:

Dallas Alexandrou - Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Taught programmes (dallas.alexandrou@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/Experience required

Postgraduate taught and research students in Faculty of Medicine - 1 in total, 17 weeks in length

Aeronautics: A Novel Learning and Self-Assessment platform: Interactive, Wholistic and Student-Centred

Summary

Collaborating in the development of the new learning platform across inter-related tasks, including animation, ePub, platform testing, and formative assessments.

Project type:

Curriculum development

Project lead:

Prof Silvestre Pinho - Dept of Aeronautics (silvestre.pinho@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/Experience required

Developed with student partners - Aeronautics UG students - 10 weeks in length, 4 students in total

Chemical Engineering: Evaluating novel interactive teaching techniques and developing content in partnership with students

Summary

Evaluating a core module in chem eng using student questionnaires and focus groups. 

Project type:

Ad-hoc (Educational research and investigation)

Project lead:

Dr Deesha Chadha - Dept of Chemical Engineering (d.chadha@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/Experience required

Year 1 students in the Chemical Engineering department

Faculty of Medicine: F-Zero/Social Accountability/Digital Learning

Summary

Pedagogical innovation across three projects - F-Zero course design, a community action project, and technology enhanced learning

Project type:

Curriculum Development. 

Project lead:

Dr Jenna Mollaney - Dept of Primary Care and Public Health (j.mollaney@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/Experience required

Undergraduate students in the Faculty of Medicine

(Full profile summary can be found Jenna Mollaney project summary)

Designed Curriculum Vs Hidden Curriculum

Summary

Understanding how student perceptions of Programme objectives differ from those that are set out or designed by programme leads (Natural Sciences, Centre for Environmental Policy).

Project type:

Educational research and investigation

Project lead:

Dr Mike Tennant - Centre for Environmental Policy.  Contact: (m.tennant@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/ExPERIENCE REQUIRED

MSc student in the Centre for Environmental Policy

(Full profile summary can be found here:  Mike Tennant project summary)

Enhancement of Scholarship and Interdisciplinarity through Research Partnership for Imperial Students

Summary

Using qualitative research methods for mapping the characteristics of the 'ideal' university learner

Project type:

Educational research and investigation

Project lead:

Dr Tiffany Chiu - Education Development Unit: (t.chiu@imperial.ac.uk)

Further details/Experience required

Year 2 and 3 or Final year undergraduate students  across all Faculties.

(Full profile summary can be found here: Tiffany Chiu Project Summary)