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Projects for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students to enhance learning and teaching through curriculum redesign, development of innovative teaching methods or enhancement of learning resources for students.


The deadline for StudentShapers projects running over Summer 2019 has now passed.  However we are still welcoming Ad-hoc project submissions which are projects that are suitable for running during term-time.  The portal for Summer 2020 will open at a later date to be announced. Funded projects are listed on the Current projects page.  

A StudentShapers Curriculum development project is an opportunity for undergraduate or postgraduate taught students to become involved in educational development work in partnership with a member of staff. Placements usually take place over the summer vacation. 


The StudentShapers placement is open to undergraduate and postgraduate taught students across all Departments.  If you are a student and interested in fostering a partnership with a specific member of staff we would encourage you to be proactive and approach them with your ideas.  If you are struggling to find an appropriate member of staff for your idea, please contact us as the StudentShapers team will be able to advise you. 

Staff members across all disciplines are invited to submit a project that aligns with the StudentShapers programme.  StudentShapers is distinct from other initiatives within Imperial in that it is a co-creative process for both staff and students. Project proposals can be developed in partnership with students but the final project proposal should be made by the staff lead. 

What are the Benefits? 

For students:

  • An opportunity to engage more deeply in an area of your education
  • Time and space to improve the student experience for you and your peers
  • Increased confidence and awareness of your own learning
  • A chance to be a part of the implementation of the College's Learning and Teaching Strategy
  • To receive financial support for the activities you undertake

For staff:

  • An opportunity to work closely with students to better understand their perception of learning and teaching at Imperial
  • A method of attracting funding for education development work into your department
  • An opportunity to recognise and utilise the expertise that students can deliver to your project to achieve better project outcomes
  • A way of providing clear evidence of engagement with students to fulfil promotion criteria

Developing a Project

Please consider the following during the development and before submitting a proposal:

  • Have you considered the timeframe expected for your project?
  • Have you considered the expected budget? (Please note: consumables are not normally included within the bursaries that StudentShapers provides.  Please discuss with your department whether they are able and willing to fund this aspect of your project)
  • Does the project have the support of staff and student peers?  As StudentShapers is designed to have a positive and lasting impact upon the Curriculum, it is valuable for both Staff and Students to have discussed the direction of their project with their colleagues - this may involve liaison and feedback from the Academic Rep Network. 
  • Has the expected impact of the project been outlined and how will the impact be assessed? 
  • Student bursaries are normally paid at £305 per week. 

Assessment Criteria for Proposals

Project proposals will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Planned timetable for the work
  • Resources requested; funding proposal is cost-effective
  • The project has an appropriate rationale for its inception; this rationale may be based on (but not limited to):

-          Student and/or academic rep network feedback

-          Education theory/literature

-          Industry liaison

-          Evidence from Curriculum review or other education enhancement work taking place in the department

  • The project adopts the guiding principles of partnership
  • The project outcomes are clearly defined and should result in changes to learning and teaching that align with the Learning and Teaching strategy
  • There is long-term sustainability and impact of the proposed innovations
  • The evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of the project is robust
  • Achievements in learning and teaching of staff-applicants, and/or demonstration of an ongoing commitment to developing professional practice in teaching within higher education
  • Student partners gain clear professional development outcomes, commensurate with Imperial’s Graduate Attributes


After the project has concluded

Submission of a project report form (which can be downloaded from the sidebar) is a prerequisite of receiving StudentShapers financial support; this should be completed with one month of the project concluding.