Project Directory

For a more comprehensive view of all projects completed in previous academic years please see the Project Directory 18-19, and Project Directory 19-20

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

Aeronautics: Wellbeing Connection and Community

Summary

Four students required due to 3 key areas of improvement in curriculum development and community building for the next academic year identified by the student wellbeing adviser, staff members and the students. 3 student shapers can select which one of the identified improvement areas they would like to work on based on their own identified skill set and the fourth student shaper will help manage the project with the staff partner and other student shapers.

  1. Identify and create student-centred resources for wellbeing and soft skills development on MS teams.  
  2. Build a stronger staff and student community remotely.
  3. Increase student engagement in wellbeing and soft skills training content and delivery.

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project lead

Amy Picton, Student Wellbeing Advisor

Further Details/Experience Required

4 undergraduate students Department of Aeronautics Faculty of Engineering Year 1-3.

4 weeks full-time over Summer break, August-September

'Wellbeing and Community' recruitment ad

Planned projects no longer seeking partners

Mathematics: Peer learning and teaching in a remote environment

Summary

The project has three main areas:

1. To work with academic staff to review remote teaching proposals and specifically look at face-to-face contact hours and how to improve student engagement and interaction with staff.  Student partners will be engaged with research into best practice, testing options and take part in practice problems classes/office hours/review forum and other q&a opportunities. Studentshapers to work across the Department, sometimes in smaller groups.

2. Review peer tutorial provision for remote learning environment, identify physical resources and training required and test virtual WhiteBoards and other online software available.  Develop training materials and programme plan.

3. Develop remote community building and social activities - specifically thinking about how to create a virtual Maths Common Room (for casual student interaction over academics and work) and virtual social activities

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project lead

Inkeri Hibbins, Undergraduate Liaison Officer

Further Details/Experience Required

4 Undergraduate Mathematics students - Ideally two students about to enter MSci programme and two students entering either year 2 or 3.

6 weeks full-time work over the Summer break. 

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

Civil and Environmental Engineering: Visualising Crowds - Creating interactive materials for the Crowd Science I-STEMM module *recruitment ad*

Summary

Co-creating two computational models of pedestrian motion.  The students will work with the Imperial Visualisations team to produce the functional code that enables the models to run, and visualisation code that allows users to interact with the visualisations created through an open access online platform. 

Project lead

Georgia Bateman, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Further Details/Experience Required

2 students, ideally undergraduates who have already completed their 2nd or 3rd year of studies.  Any department student is applicable provided they have programming experience.  Ideally students from the Physics and Maths departments, or Faculty of Engineering students with experience in the Java or Python programming languages. 

8 weeks during Summer break, full-time. 

Please note change of deadline date: 'Visualising crowds' recruitment ad

Computing: Developing Resources for Academic Integrity Teaching *recruitment ad included*

Summary

The new module is intended to help students to develop a personal view of what academic integrity means to them and their discipline, to engage with and reflect on the latest academic integrity research and to work in small teams on academic integrity research projects.  This will include development of infographics and video clips, short visual one-page summaries of key research papers, and a guide to the main principles of academic integrity, with examples of how they apply to Imperial (and STEMM) students.

Project lead

Thomas Lancaster, Computing Department

Further Details/Experience Required

2 Undergraduate students. The partner may be from any discipline eligible to take the STEMM module. It would be helpful if they have some understanding of research methods.

6-8 weeks full-time over the Summer break. 

'Academic Integrity' recruitment ad

Ongoing projects no longer seeking partners

School of Public Health: Social Accountability in action: a collaborative project between Imperial College and local schools *recruitment ad*

Summary

Co-designing the IExplore 'Social Accountability in Action' module; this will involve curriculum development as well as associated digital learning approaches.  Student insight in to near-peering learning is at the heart of the module and student perspective is thus invaluable. 

Project lead

Bethan Golding, School of Public Health

Further Details/Experience Required

1 student, ideally either undergraduate Medical student or Faculty of Natural Sciences student from any year of study. 

Full-time over Summer break, 4-6 weeks subject to student availability. 

'Social Accountability' recruitment ad

Careers Service: First Year Undergraduates - What Should I do with my Summer? *recruitment ad included*

Summary

Researching the topic of first year students undergoing Summer internships via students, alumni and employees.  Before creating engaging new content for the Careers Service to expand the thinking and raise the confidence of pre-arrival and first year undergraduate students in planning their summer. 

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project lead

Madelaine Chapman, Careers Consultant, Careers Service

Further Details/Experience Required

1 undergraduate student from any Department, in their first, second or third year. 

Summer Project Careers Service 2020 advert

Faculty of Medicine: The return of partnership - evaluating the delivery of the new Research Skills Domain

Summary

Reviewing the delivery of last summer's work on Research Skills Domain, and implement improvements.  Reviewing pre-BSc online course materials, and expanding the Research Skills Domain's implementation in to Year 2. 

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project lead

Joana Dos Santos, Teaching Fellow, Faculty of Medicine

Further Details/Experience Required

2 students working full time at a total of 10 days during the Summer break. 

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.

Computing: Innovating Computing Professional Skills teaching

Summary

Reviewing (alongside the staff partner) the professional skills teaching within the Computing department, as well as shaping future teaching via development of surveys, analysing data and developing the ongoing approach. 

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project lead

Dr Thomas Lancaster, Senior Teaching Fellow, Computing

Further Details/Experience Required

1 undergraduate student from the Engineering faculty

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

Physics: Developing Origins - an IExplore Module *recruitment ad included*

Summary

The project will work through each of the sub-areas of the 'Origins' course, discussing the interests and existing knowledge that the diverse student shapers have in these areas, and examining what they would want to achieve through further study of these areas. In collaboration with the project leader, this will then lead to breaking down each area (eg. Origin of Life) into a small number of separate sub-topics (eg. The Requirements for Life, The History of Life on Earth) that will be used as research topics during the course.  This will also include quiz development appropriate to non-domain experts and software testing for the online materials. 

Project lead

David Clements, Physics

Further Details/Experience Required

4 students, ideally second years, from a variety of departments, ideally including one from physics, one from life sciences, one from earth sciences, plus one from none of the above. 

9 weeks full-time over the summer break. 

'Developing Origins' recruitment ad

Chemistry: 'Chemical Kitchen Toolkit'

Summary

Following our partnership with 3 student shapers in Summer 2019, we successfully rolled out the Chemical Kitchen (CK) project in the Department of Chemistry (Chemical Kitchen uses culinary practice as a non-threatening parallel to the working environment of professionals of science andmedicine).

We now seek to develop a Chemical Kitchen Toolkit that can be deployed more widely across Imperial College London, focussing on skills training relevant across a wide range of disciplines.  This will involve co-developing learning activities, focus groups and reflection sessions. 

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project lead

Luke Delmas, Teaching Fellow, Department of Chemistry

Further Details/Experience Required

3 Students, one each from Engineering, Medicine, Natural Sciences (preference for higher years of study). 

Full-time over summer vacation from 1st July - 11th August.

Earth Science and Engineering: ISTEMM Space Mining *recruitment ad included*

Summary

This project will co-develop module content for the new 'Space Mining' IExplore module, with students from diverse backgrounds in order to be multi-disciplinary; this will involve refining the curriculum and source-approprite learning resources.  Each student will address one of three areas of the module: legal, technical or economic aspects. 

Project lead

Kathryn Hadler, Earth Science and Engineering

Further Details/Experience Required

3 students undergraduates ideally all from different departments in year 3 or 4 of their studies. 

4-6 weeks of full-time work over the Summer break. 

Please note deadline extension:  

'Space Mining' recruitment ad

Computing: Next generation online learning tools *recruitment ad included*

Summary

Online learning and the use of digital technology is a key part of Imperial’s Learning and Teaching Strategy. Over the course of this project, students andstaff will work together to create modern applications with smooth and seamless user interfaces, supporting the everyday activities of learning andteaching within the College - for example the workflow of submitting, assessing and returning coursework, managing learning resources for each module(notes, lecture recordings, exercises, student forums, peer assessment, in-class quizzes, etc), communication between students and staff, online labs,innovative assessment methods etc. 

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project lead

Robert Chatley, Deputy Director UG Studies, Computing

Further Details/Experience Required

 

3 Computing students (preferably 1st or 2nd year undergraduates)  - good software engineering skills are required.

10 weeks full-time during Summer holidays. 

 

Next Generation Online Tool 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

Aeronautics: Immersive interactive learning platform for science and engineering

Summary

Further development of the learning platform introduced last year for the ERO95009 Structural Mechanics and Dynamics modules.  This will involve numerical simulations and expanding on the existing materials. 

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project lead

Professor Silvestre Pinho, Department of Aeronautics

Further Details/Experience Required

3 2nd year Undergraduate students, for 10 weeks over the Summer holidays. 

Earth Science and Engineering: Building digital geological models

Summary

Reviewing lecture content to locate key points where digital geological models would enhance learning, listing the key specifications.  The second phase will be the implementation of the digital geological models after becoming proficient with the the numerical simulation software package. 

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project lead

Dr Cedric John, Reader in Carbonate Systems and Carbonate Reservoirs, Earth Science and Engineering

Further Details/Experience Required

2 students, one must be within their 2nd or 3rd year. 

4-6 weeks of part-time engagement during term-time, followed by 6-8 weeks of full-time engagement during Summer holidays. 

Aeronautics: Digital and audio-visual resources to promote active learning in Aeronautics

Summary

Developing digital tools for enhancing the learning experience of Aeronautics students; involving scripts and apps in order to promote active learning and a more student-centred curriculum. 

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project lead

Maria Ribert Vicent, Teaching Fellow, Aeronautics

Further Details/Experience Required

3 students from the Aeronautics Department, preferably having completed their 2nd or 3rd year of study

6 weeks full-time over the Summer holiday

Earth Science and Engineering: Embedding Python programming in all aspects of the undergraduate geoscience programme

Summary

Working with teaching staff to audits and interview Undergraduate peers for insight in to the where Python programming could be best utilised in each module, before generating a Python notebook across each module in the undergraduate curriulum.  Strong computational skills will be a requirement. 

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project lead

Matthew Piggott, Professor of Computational Geoscience and Engineering

Further Details/Experience Required

3 Engineering students in total; a Year 1 student focusing on year 1 modules just completed, a Year 2 student focusing on year 2 modules just completed, and a Year 3 student focusing on Year 3 modules just completed. 

6-8 weeks of engagement over the Summer holiday. 

Faculty of Medicine: Redesigning the Lab interactive manual for Yr 1 students *recruitment ad included*

Summary

Students will engage with identifying areas of difficulty in the Lab interactive manual and assist in the co-designing of updates that are more user-friendly. 

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project lead

Luisa Garcia Haro, Teaching Fellow, Faculty of Medicine

Further Details/Experience Required

3 students across 4 weeks full-time in the Summer break. 
 
 Please note extended recruitment deadline

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. 
 

Digital Learning Hub: Augmented Simulations

Summary

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are strong technologies to enforce experiential and explorative 3D learning in the STEM curricula. Literature is becoming available to demonstrate the value of VR and AR in higher education (Luursema, Vorstenbosch et al. 2017, Stepan, Zeiger et al. 2017, Ekstrand, Jamal et al. 2018, Hackett and Proctor 2018, Maresky, Oikonomou et al. 2018).Now that education at Imperial is multi mode, a substantial part of the education is moving online. These immersive technologies like virtual labs help students gain experience even when not at the Imperial Campus.

Project area

Project lead

Thomas Hurkxkens, Digital Learning Hub

Further Details/Experience Required

6 Undergraduate students - already recruited. 

Dyson School of Design Engineering: Inclusive Engineering Contexts for Mathematics

Summary

This project is looking to augment our Engineering Mathematics learning and teaching materials with a bank ofauthentic contexts and examples that are relevant to design engineering as a whole and outward looking for what students could be faced with in new industrial settings.

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project lead

Freddie Page, Dyson School of Engineering

Further Details/Experience Required

Four students from the Dyson School of Design Engineering. Students must have either just completed their first year, in which case they will haverecently completed the Engineering Mathematics module (a two-term first year module) and be most familiar with its current content, or have justcompleted their second year, where they will have a wider perspective of design engineering contexts and will have completed modules that hold Engineering Mathematics as a prerequis

5 weeks full-time over the Summer break. 

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

Computing and Mathematics: Redesign of Huxley Level 3 Foyer Area *recruitment ad included*

Summary

The idea of this project is to research how students use the space, look at other similar spaces around College (particularly where these have recently been updated - for example Blackett Level 1) and in other work environments, and work with staff to come up with a proposal for an effective design which can be implemented within reasonable constraints.

Project area

Space Design

Project lead

Robert Chatley, Deputy Director UG Studies, Computing, and Inkeri Hibbins, Mathematics

Further Details/Experience Required

1 Computing student and 1 Mathematics student, ideally current second year undergraduates. 

5 weeks full time at the start of the summer vacation, plus 3-4 hours per week part-time during the last 3 weeks of the summer term

'Huxley Level 3 Foyer' recruitment ad

Mechanical Engineering: Online Problem sheets for mathematical topics *recruitment ad included*

Summary

Building on the StudentShapers project of 2019, which aimed to improve learning on the Fluid Mechanics module by enhancing the online problem sheets, students will improve upon the existing 'Solutions Bank' of problem sheets.  This will include implementing upgraded features via the supporting (Mobius) software to enable full functionality including mathematical answer checking and data analytics. 

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project lead

Dr Peter Johnson, Mechanical Engineering

Further Details/Experience Required

2 students working full-time for 8 weeks over the Summer break. 
 

Life Sciences: Radically redesigned undergraduate programmes *recruitment ad included*

Summary

In response to a curriculum review of the Department of Life Sciences UG degrees, both BSc degrees are being modified. 

In Year 2 across the two-degree streams there are three-strands to the redesign:

  1. Developing 3 new traditional lecture-based modules which have a large exam assessment component: Molecular Microbiology; Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience; Essentials of Ecology
  2. Converting 4 current lecture-based modules to summer course-work only modules: Vertebrate Form and Evolution; Applied Molecular Biochemistry; Challenges in Cell Biology; and Topics in Biotechnology
  3. Developing 3 new summer course-work only modules: Computational Omics, Molecular Skills, and Ecosystems Field Course.

Current Year 2 students are ideally placed to help develop the curriculum for the next cohort of second year students.  Student partners will be involved in co-creating new teaching activities and genuine assessments that link to module intended learning outcomes. The co-created teaching activities will range from producing compendia and quizzes from lecture content to computer and laboratory practical work and fieldwork.

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project lead

Magda Charalambous, Principal Teaching Fellow

Further Details/Experience Required

Six life sciences undergraduate students, ideally currently undergoing Year 2.  Six weeks full-time during Summer break. 

'Radically redesigning' recruitment ad

Education Office and CHERs: Imperial Award proof of concept mobile app *recruitment ad included*

Summary

Enhancing and developing the Imperial Award platform through designing a proof of concept prototype mobile app.  StudentShapers with relevant experience in developing mobile applications are crucial to the success of this project as they will provide both the technical ability and the student perspective required to develop the application. They will work with the staff partners to scope the development app (choosing content and functionality) and will lead on the development of the app itself.

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project leads

Paulina Kristiansson, Imperial Award Manager

Alejandro Luy, Belonging, Engagement & Community Res Officer/ Project lead

Further Details/Experience Required

Three students with mobile app development experience.  For ten weeks full-time over the Summer break. 

'Imperial Award Proof of concept' recruitment ad

  

Physics: Informal Learning spaces in Blackett entrance levels 2 and 3

Summary

Key project activities include:

  • Consultation and research of suppliers
  • Scoping, identifying and understanding ‘good’ design features in other parts of the college and possibly at other institutions
  • Exploration and understanding of constraints to be applied to the design (e.g., considerations about circulation routes, disabled access, durability, etc)
  • Preparation of provisional student led designs
  • Consultation on provisional designs
  • Development of project phasing/prioritisation plan
  • UG and PG students to keep a diary/journal of approaches and findings, including design drawings, photos of space etc, to demonstrate both process and outcome of student centred design to maintain the ‘partnership bridge’ to the broader student community
  • There may be scope and value to continuing some activities in early autumn term when there is greater availability of other students as well as some promotional activities of the new space to students.

Project area

Space Design

Project lead

Yasmin Andrew, Student Liason Officer in Dept of Physics

Further Details/Experience Required

3 student in total, 2 Undergraduate and 1 Postgraduate, for five weeks full time over Summer break for the first phase of the project. 

Students already appointed. 

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.