StudentShapers Opportunities across all Faculties and Departments:

 

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

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.

Recruiting projects

Faculty of Medicine: Serious Games *recruitment ad included*

Summary

Working alongside staff partners to develop a game for enhancing medical education

Project lead

Renee Ewe, Faculty of Medicine

Further Details/Experience Required

Two students at Phase 1b level in Medicine, or students from the Computing department.  Part-time work from January to the Summer of 2021. 

'Serious Games' recruitment ad

 
 
 
 

Ongoing projects no longer seeking partners

Civil and Environmental Engineering: Co-development of an interactive module on earthquake engineering *recruitment ad included*

Summary

Ensuring that the views and perspectives of non-civil engineering students are incorporated at all levels of the design, delivery and assessment in the newly created IExplore module 'Earthquake Engineering'.  This will include review of module content and alignment with undergraduate expectations and needs, co-scripting multimedia material for the module and co-production of teaching materials. 

Project lead

Christian Malaga-Chuquitaype, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Further Details/Experience Required

2 students ideally from the first and last years of study, preferably from Faculty of Medicine or Faculty of Life Sciences

Part-time over Summer term (19-20), then 4 weeks full-time during Summer break, then part-time over Autumn term (20-21). 

Please note updated recruitment deadline and details. 

'Earthquake Engineering' recruitment ad

School of Public Health: (Re)developing the Global Health BSc *recruitment ad included*

Summary

Reviewing the curriculum of the Global Health BSc course via a process of collaborative education design with current students. 

Project area

Partnership Pedagogies

Project lead

Mariam Sbaiti, Senior Teaching Fellow, School of Public Health

Further Details/Experience Required

2 students preferably currently undergoing the Global Health BSc.  The time commitment for the project is part-time during term-time (March-May) before full-time engagement between May-September. 

'Developing the Global Health BSc' recruitment ad

Centre for Academic English: Reshaping how we empower students *recruitment ad included*

Summary

Engaging with the CfAE curriculum review as they aim to support the growing diversity of assessment's UG students encounter, and the resulting potential challenges to academic literacy and oral communication skills, students will be involved in quantitative and qualitative data collection and running of focus groups, as well as transcript analysis and presentation of their findings. 

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project lead

June Hammond, Teacher of English for Academic purposes, Centre for Academic English

Further Details/Experience Required

6 students for one half day per week per student - over 12 weeks as follows.

• writing the questionnaire and focus questions immediately after the summer term with support from staff partners – 3 half days

• drafting the ethics application with staff partners – 2 half days

• Start of Autumn term – student partners distribute the questionnaire 1 half day

• From week 2, organise 4 focus groups to be completed by the end of term – 2 half days

• At the end of Autumn term student/staff partners analyse data using NVivo 12 and prepare a presentation of the data – 4 half-days

3 x year 1 undergraduate students from the Faculty of Engineering, 2 x year 1 undergraduate students from the Faculty of Natural Sciences,1 x year 1 undergraduate students from the Faculty of Medicine. 

'Reshaping how we empower students' 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.

Faculty of Medicine: Developing online learning to aid transition to Masters in FoM *recruitment ad included*

Summary

Student partners will co-create a non-credit bearing online short course as part of induction for students joining the Faculty of Medicine and PGT level. 

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project lead

Anna Maria Jones, Postgraduate Teaching Fellow, Faculty of Medicine

Further Details/Experience Required

2 StudentShapers who are studying at Master's level within any Department in the Faculty of Medicine (or PhD student(s) providingthey have previously studied at Master’s level within this Faculty)

Developing online Learning recruitment ad

Developing online learning partnership description

School of Public Health: Equality, diversity and inclusion: Shaping an inclusive primary care curriculum *recruitment ad included*

Summary

The Black Lives Matter movement has brought to the forefront the need for urgent review of our curriculum materials to develop anti-racist, antihomophobic, anti-transphobic, anti-ableist and inclusive learning materials and resources through an intersectional lens. Furthermore, it is a priority to create learning environments where all students feel they belong and are able to be their authentic selves. 

This project therefore aims to bring together Student Shapers, faculty and diverse local communities to create a more inclusive and diverse learning experience for our students which better enables them to create an inclusive, equitable and effective environment for their future patients.

Our previous Student Shapers reported that working in this way was very valuable to their learning and development. We are very aware that we cannot undertake this work without ensuring that students from diverse backgrounds play a key role in shaping our strategy and approaches - but we are also conscious of the problematic nature of expecting members of minority groups to undertake unpaid additional work. We therefore concluded this would be a situation in which the Student Shaper initiative would be more important than ever.

StudentShapers will be able to see things from a perspective that we cannot, and offer rich insights into how to create inclusive learning environments including designing learning materials which will engage their peers; how to ensure that those materials are genuinely inclusive and reflective of their experiences as students from diverse backgrounds as well as those of our community partners; and steer this work in close partnership with our diverse team of faculty members. NB as regards question below on educational ethics: There are a range of project phases and elements, some of which will include a research element. For research projects we will seek additional educational ethics approval.

Project lead

Bethany Golding, Community Collaboration Lead

Further Details/Experience Required

Three students from the Faculty of Medicine- any year group eligible to apply. Each student will focus on reviewing and co-creating inclusive materials for one of three of our key courses: Patients, Communities and Healthcare; Longitudinal Community Clerkship (an exciting new pilot placing medical students in schools); and Medicine in the Community Apprenticeship.
 

Five months part-time.  The time commitment for the students will be 3 hours per week in term time, with a break built in over the Christmas period.

'Equality Diversity and Inclusion' recruitment ad

Faculty of Medicine: Developing an IExplore STEMM Module on 'Personalised medicine, hype or hope' *updated recruitment ad included*

Summary

The project will support the development of the "Personalised Medicine: Hype or Hope" module including selection and development of appropriate study materials (by the PhD student), planning, scripting, acting and creation of videos to be used as scenarios during face-to face sessions (by all 3 studentshapers) and also beta-testing of online platforms and/or pre-session study materials

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project lead

Latha Ramakrishnan, Faculty of Medicine

Further Details/Experience Required

  • 1 PhD student at six hours per week for 32 weeks between Mid-March and Mid-December
  • 2 Undergraduate students (1 in year 2 from FoNS, 1 from year 2/3 from FoE)  - working three hours per week during term-time between April-December 2020, plus two full-time weeks during summer (exact summer dates to be negotiated with student partner upon appointment) 

Please note updated recruitment ad

'Personalised medicine' recruitment ad

Surgery and Cancer: The Making of a Doctor - Cross-disciplinary learning in undergraduate medical education *recruitment ad included*

Summary

Developing and implementing small group interactive learning exercises which would allow medical students to learn skills from other disciplines, such as performing arts, cooking, and painting.  Once designed these programmes will be piloted with smal groups of medical students in an educational reseach setting. 

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project lead

Natasha Houghton, Strategic Clinical Fellow, Dept of Surgery and Cancer

Further Details/Experience Required

1 student (preferably in one of the final three years of their MBBS degree). 
Full-time over the Summer break from July to mid-August. 
 

Dyson School of Design Engineering: Codesigning a behaviour change module using workshop-based learning *recruitment ad included*

Summary

This project involves the co-creation of a new module on designing interventions for behavioural change. The learning in the module will be broad and can be applied to the design of products, services, experiences, events, policies and organisational change. In this sense, the learning should be applicable to interested students from any background. Students will first learn the information about the content and then help plan interactive workshops through which the learning will take place. Together, three to four workshops will be planed for delivery in Autumn 2020.

Project lead

Weston Baxter, Dyson School of Design Engineering

Further Details/Experience Required

Students from Design Engineering as well as those from other departments should apply. Generally speaking, we expect UG students to be ideal for this role though taught PG students may also apply.

The work will be 6 weeks full time starting in the summer. Exact times will be agreed with the student shapers. The project will be arranged with schedules such that student partners can join remotely to collaboratively complete the work in the event that this is needed.

'Behaviour change model using workshop based learning' recruitment ad

Electrical and Electronic Engineering - Creating a Virtual Campus

Summary

The project splits into two phases. In Phase 1 the main design decisions and implementation is completed. Phase 2, after ethics approval, will involve rollout next academic year. Multiple students are hired in Phase 2 to allow roll-out to multiple interested departments, and/or student societies.

The work will be modelled on successful 3rd year EEE group projects, in which students have high control of content, and planning, subject to meeting the requirements of an industrial sponsor. Students take advice from an academic supervisor, but we find in practice that decisions are made by the group. Involvement of all students is maintained through careful planning and peer review by the group. In this case that aspect would have academic oversight.

In this project the students have a uniquely important role, since they are well placed to investigate what works and what does not work fostering student social interaction.

The learning and teaching strategy highlights active learning and student peer to peer learning, for example through the use of TBL classes. Maintaining these in a virtual study environment creates challenges in social engagement, which this project seeks to answer.

The project will involve literature review, choice of virtual world tools (probably based around Mozilla Hubs Cloud), implementation of methods to virtualise teaching (lectures, TBL classes, labs), implementation of a virtual world in which teaching links are embedded for use next academic year.

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project leads

Thomas Clarke, Senior Teaching Fellow, Dept of Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Further Details/Experience Required

Phase 1 - Recruited

Phase 2 - 10 MEng students in their 1st, 2nd of 3rd year of study.  Part-time during term time.