Project Directory

For a more comprehensive view of all projects completed in previous academic years please see the Project Directory

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? *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

School of Public Health: (Re)developing the Global Health BSc

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. 

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

Brett Harmony, Senior Teacher of English for Academic purposes, Centre for Academic English

Further Details/Experience Required

6 students at 3 hours per week per student, over 12 weeks, from Easter.

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

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: Optical Mineralogy

Summary

The key aims of this project are to work with student partners to:

1. Create a suite of student-led “how-to” videos for the Optical Mineralogy module, which will expand the current small archive and create a repository of teaching material for the future, allowing more time to be spent on practical skills each session, rather than lectures(embeds digital technologies into teaching, and encourages active learning)

2. Create a new, authentic assessment collaboratively with students who have experienced the current, less authentic one, to boost students’ confidence in their practical skills

3. Contact recently graduated alumni who are under taking further study/working in industry, to supply some current examples of ways that they are using classic mineralogy practical skills in theirresearch/work, to give the subject more real-world context

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project lead

Dr Emma Passmore, Senior Teaching Fellow, Department of Earth Science and Engineering

Further Details/Experience Required

Two ESE UG students - Y2/Y3 Geology/Geology and Geophysics/Petroleum Geoscience/Earth Science – must have previously completed the OpticalMineralogy and Petrology module.

4 weeks full-time over Summer holiday. 

Computing: Next generation online tools

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. 

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. 

Library Services: Developing student centred guidance tools for Clinical year Medical students

Summary

The goal of the project is to encourage awareness and adoption of a range of library resources that are particularly relevant to clinical years medicalstudents. This will be achieved through the creation of student-centred guides which tap into the medical expertise and student perspective of the studentshapers. The students will also co-design and develop a teaching session aimed at third year medical students who are starting their first year of majorclinical placements. Finally, they wil script, design and be filmed for a video which I would anticipate would form part of the teaching session and whichwould also go on the library website, explaining the project and introducing the student guid

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project lead

Simon Hall, Head of Library Liaison (Medicine and NHS), Library Services

Further Details/Experience Required

3 students from the MBBS programme; ideally students who have just completed their third year and therefore have experienced clinical work. 

4 weeks full time over the Summer holiday. 

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

Faculty of Medicine: Enhancing Year 4 MBBS support provisions

Summary

Enhancing support provision for students, acting as co-designers using focus group data to create key resources such as induction videos and student guides. 

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project lead

Prabha Parthasarathy, Senior Teaching Fellow, Faculty of Medicine

Further Details/Experience Required

  • 2 prospective year 4 MBBS students for 4 weeks full time during vacation time
  • 2 internal former year 4 MBBS students for 2 weeks during vacation and 2 weeks during term time
  • 2 external intercalating former year 4 MBBS students for 2 weeks during vacation time.

Ongoing projects no longer seeking partners

Faculty of Medicine: Authentic Resilience Learning Through Critical Reflection & it's Embedding into the PG curricula-

Summary

The StudentShapers would develop critical reflective skills as a way of building authentic resilience, over the duration of the project. The 12 Studentshapers will reflect individually and together, identifying aspects of their research experience in the Imperial laboratories that have helped them develop resilience and finally codesign with us, teaching and learning activities to support these skills across the curriculum of MRes Biomedical Research.

Project type

Curriculum Development

Project lead

Dr Latha Ramakrishnan, Faculty of Medicine, Strategic Teaching Fellow.

Further Details/Experience Required

MRes students in Faculty of Medicine - 12 in total. The project will run for 7 months (Nov 2019 – May 2020). Each student will spend 18-20 hours over the entire period (spread as 2 or 3 hours per month and paid £45 per month for 7 months).

Authentic Resilience recruitment ad

Authentic Resilience information sheet for participants

Imperial Horizons: 'Learning Lexicon' *recruitment ad included*

Summary

A survey-based project where the staff-student partners design an interactive online questionnaire to collect student views and responses to different types of learning words with the aim of refining our use of learning words to better engage with future students. 

Project area

I-Explore

Project lead

Daisy Pataki, Teaching Fellow in Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication

Further Details/Experience Required

Three undergraduate students.

Learning Lexicon recruitment ad

Learning Lexicon Partner description

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: Student and Community Shapers for the Medical Education Innovation and Research Centre (MEdIC) within School of Public Health

Summary

Co-production and innovation around pedagogical themes and related courses that are run within the PCPH department.  Key areas of development within MEdIC include 1. Longitudinal Placements, 2. Coaching, and 3. Diversity and Inclusion. 

Project area

Curriculum Development

Project lead

Dr Ravi Parekh, School of Public Health

Further Details/Experience Required

3 MBBS students from any year. 

MEdIC recruitment - partnership description

Further information and application form

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

Imperial Horizons: Great Expectations

Summary

Student partners engaging with students enrolled on Change Makers 20 week modules during the 2019-20 academic year.  Data collection and analysis as well as preparation for a final seminar. 

Project type

Educational research

Project lead

Cleo Bowen, Change Makers Administrator within Imperial Horizons

Further Details/Experience Required

6 students in total, undergraduates from any department, who have taken or are taking for the first time this year any Imperial Horizons module. 

Great Expectations recruitment ad

Great Expectations Partner description

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

Collaborative Partnerships Office: 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

Education Office: 'Designing the I-Explore STEMM module portfolio'

Summary

Contributing to the Design Management team behind STEMM Module, to help oversee and support the design of the I-Explore STEMM Modules (a programme comprising of a diverse range of modules designed to provide an opportunity for all undergraduate students in College to broaden their perspective: further info)

Project type

I-Explore

Project lead

Caroline Clewley,  I-Explore STEMM Module Stream lead

Further Details/Experience Required

Two students who already have experienced as wide a variety of different learning and teaching methods as possible, so having taken courses outside of their department (such as Imperial Horizons/ BPES) is a plus. For the same reason, 3rd-year students would be preferred (as often teaching methods change between second and third year).  Across any Department or Faculty. 

Designing IExplore STEMM Module recruitment ad

EDU/CHERS: Being a Student in a Digital Age

Summary

A research project investigating student experiences of learning at university; using digital storytelling methodology to collect students' individual experiences. 

Project type

Educational research

Project lead

Dr Monica Pazio, Teaching Fellow in the Educational Development Unit

Further Details/Experience Required

6 students in total, year 2, 3 and 4 students across all departments. 

Student in a Digital Age Recruitment ad

Physics: 'Redesigning the Physics Teaching Laboratory space for the 21st Century'

Summary

Collaborating with Undergraduate peers and staff members in the redesigning of the Physics Teaching Laboratory space.  This will include illiciting a consensus of opinion from peers as well as seeing this through to the integration into design plans.  Acting as a partnership bridge between the department, and the broader department student community. 

Project type

Space Design

Project lead

Dr Simon Bland, Department of Physics

Further Details/Experience Required

2 Undergraduate Physics Department students, from year 2 or 3. 

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.