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(National HE STEM Programme) A user guide on how to design, finance and run a Royal Society (or indeed any other) Exhibition 27.06.2011

If you are reading this, then it is likely that you have been selected to run a Royal Society Summer Exhibition. In fact, you may even be reading this if you have been selected to run an interactive session at any form of fair, festival or exhibition. This might be nationally, within your local region, or within your own school or institution.

Author:
Chris Budd
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
Mathematics
Source:
National HE STEM Programme
If you are reading this, then it is likely that you have been selected to run a Royal Society Summer Exhibition. In fact, you may even be reading this if you have been selected to run an interactive session at any...
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(National HE STEM Programme) Case study template for adoption of proven disciplinary interventions and approaches projects 16.06.2011

As a core output from all National HE STEM Programme funded work, project proposers are required to produce a detailed case study detailing the activities they have undertaken, the key findings, outcomes or outputs that have emerged from the work, and to detail how the activities that have taken place will be utilised by their institution in the future.

Author:
Michael Grove
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
National HE STEM Programme
As a core output from all National HE STEM Programme funded work, project proposers are required to produce a detailed case study detailing the activities they have undertaken, the key findings, outcomes or outputs...
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(National HE STEM Programme) Collaborative Practice Transfer Fund leaflet 06.04.2011

In March 2010, a total of 78 applications were made to the National HE STEM Programme’s Collaborative Practice Transfer Fund, which was issued to enable colleagues in Higher Education Funding Council of
England and Higher Education Funding Council of Wales funded Higher Education Institutions to adopt tried and tested approaches, resources or ideas. These 20 projects therefore represent collaboration in support
of the transfer and embedding of existing, evidence-based proven practice between colleagues in a total of 31 HEIs, four professional bodies, two private sector companies, two Higher Education Academy subject centres, one sector skills council, one science learning centre, one independent charity, and one sixth form college.
 

Author:
National HE STEM Programme
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
In March 2010, a total of 78 applications were made to the National HE STEM Programme’s Collaborative Practice Transfer Fund, which was issued to enable colleagues in Higher Education Funding Council of England...
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(National HE STEM Programme) Employability skills review 17.05.2011

An adequate supply of graduates into the labour market with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills underpins the ability of the UK to position itself against global competitors, increase its capacity for innovation, and for enterprise. As economic growth gradually returns, the focus is on current and future employer demand for these skills.  The hi-tech, science and IT sectors are all reporting difficulties in recruiting STEM graduates and predicting even greater difficulty in future years.  These employers rate STEM graduates highly, not only for their technical competency but also because of the analytical, problem-solving, numeracy and intellectual rigour skills that they bring with them.

 

 

Author:
Adrian Toland
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
National HE STEM Programme
An adequate supply of graduates into the labour market with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills underpins the ability of the UK to position itself against global competitors, increase its capacity...
(National HE STEM Programme) Evaluating your HE STEM project or activity 28.05.2012

The guidance for evaluation and various supporting materials have been assembled largely through the contributions of expert practitioners and whilst the focus here is on STEM, this information is also of relevance to the wider HE sector where educational enhancement projects are increasingly attempting to demonstrate impact at a time of straitened resources.

Author:
National HE STEM Programme
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
National HE STEM Programme
The guidance for evaluation and various supporting materials have been assembled largely through the contributions of expert practitioners and whilst the focus here is on STEM, this information is also of relevance to...
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(National HE STEM Programme) Evaluating your teaching innovation 29.06.2011

The purpose of this booklet is to offer some practical advice and guidelines on evaluating the impact of your teaching practice. Although it focuses on development projects in support of the STEM programme, it will be relevant to any teaching practice.

Author:
Ivan Moore
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
National HE STEM Programme
The purpose of this booklet is to offer some practical advice and guidelines on evaluating the impact of your teaching practice. Although it focuses on development projects in support of the STEM programme, it will be...
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(National HE STEM Programme) Good Practice Guide 29.03.2011

The guide is designed to bring together the findings and learning from all four projects, and forms part of a wider programme of work designed to transfer and embed the learning and outcomes from them within the HE sector. The guide details the key findings and provides a series of ‘top tips’ to assist Higher Education Institutions in exploring new approaches to recruiting students and delivering programmes of study within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines.

Author:
National HE STEM Programme
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
National HE STEM Programme
The guide is designed to bring together the findings and learning from all four projects, and forms part of a wider programme of work designed to transfer and embed the learning and outcomes from them within the HE...
(National HE STEM Programme) Maths busking report March 2012 12.04.2012

Maths Busking aims to show the public the surprising and fascinating side of mathematics through the medium of street performance. Performers are trained by Maths Busking and invited to perform at Maths Busking managed events.  We partnered with the IMA and HE STEM to organise and run a training day in Birmingham to build a local team of performers in preparation to the national Big Bang Fair event taking place at the NEC.

Author:
Sara Santos
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
Mathematics
Source:
Midlands and East Anglia spoke
Maths Busking aims to show the public the surprising and fascinating side of mathematics through the medium of street performance. Performers are trained by Maths Busking and invited to perform at Maths Busking...
(National HE STEM Programme) Midlands and East Anglia report on regional employer engagement 13.05.2011

This report has focused on looking at employer engagement practice in the Midlands and East Anglia to seek answers to the questions around what is taking place currently, what factors influence the impact of employer engagement; and how can investment and focus on engagement activities be best tailored to provide the maximum benefit where it is needed most.

Author:
Coopers Consulting Solutions
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
National HE STEM Programme
This report has focused on looking at employer engagement practice in the Midlands and East Anglia to seek answers to the questions around what is taking place currently, what factors influence the impact of employer...
(National HE STEM Programme) Workforce development needs survey 05.07.2011

This report was commissioned to consider the challenges faced by employers recruiting and upskilling STEM skilled employees in the London and South East region.

Author:
Luke Lyons
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
National HE STEM Programme
This report was commissioned to consider the challenges faced by employers recruiting and upskilling STEM skilled employees in the London and South East region.
(Other STEM body) A survey of the biomaths landscape 29.11.2011

This report focuses on two key issues: (1) ensuring that all bioscience graduates are equipped with basic mathematical skills and understanding; and (2) encouraging and increasing the number of bioscience graduates who develop their mathematical skills beyond A level standard so that they have the confidence and understanding to participate in increasingly quantitative and interdisciplinary research.

Author:
Jenny Koenig
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
Mathematics
Source:
HEA Subject Centre for Bioscience
This report focuses on two key issues: (1) ensuring that all bioscience graduates are equipped with basic mathematical skills and understanding; and (2) encouraging and increasing the number of bioscience graduates...
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(Other STEM body) An introduction to work-based learning from the HEA UK Physical Sciences Centre 14.04.2011

Practice guide focusing on the rationale for creating work-based learning; the varieties of approaches to work-based learning currently implemented; student opinions of work-based learning; and to resolve any implementation and communication issues.

Author:
HEA UK Physical Sciences Centre
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
Physics
Source:
Practice guide focusing on the rationale for creating work-based learning; the varieties of approaches to work-based learning currently implemented; student opinions of work-based learning; and to resolve any...
(Programme partner) Guide to Good Practice in Public Engagement with Physics 11.05.2011

Whether you’re designing an activity to deliver yourself or organising an event for others to run, this guide will help you work through the steps for developing and delivering high quality and effective public engagement activities. The guide poses a series of questions that are helpful to consider at the very beginning of any public engagement project as well as highlighting many of the resources that are available.

Author:
External Engagement Committee IoP
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
Physics
Source:
Institute of Physics
Whether you’re designing an activity to deliver yourself or organising an event for others to run, this guide will help you work through the steps for developing and delivering high quality and effective public...
(Programme Partner) Maths Ambassador Poster 16.12.2011

Ambassador video competition for Maths undergraduates who have worked with secondary schools during their time as an undergraduate.  Closing date 30/06/12

Author:
IMA
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
Mathematics
Source:
IMA
Ambassador video competition for Maths undergraduates who have worked with secondary schools during their time as an undergraduate.  Closing date 30/06/12
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(Programme partner) Maths outreach survey 14.04.2011

Survey from the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications of outreach activities taking place in Mathematics departments in England and Wales.

Author:
Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
Mathematics
Source:
Survey from the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications of outreach activities taking place in Mathematics departments in England and Wales.
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A space odyssey 09.05.2011

This problem is adapted from an online knowledge enhancement module for a PGCE programme.  It is used to cover the dynamics of rigid bodies and motion under gravity.  The original material can be found at http://open.jorum.ac.uk/xmlui/handle/123456789/2969.  This unit was run over one week with online support

Further information is also available from the Institute of Physics

Author:
University of Leicester
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
Physics
Source:
Institute of Physics
This problem is adapted from an online knowledge enhancement module for a PGCE programme.  It is used to cover the dynamics of rigid bodies and motion under gravity.  The original material can be found at...
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A toolkit for setting up credit-bearing placements to improve the employability skills of STEM students 30.08.2012

There is strong evidence that skills shortages exist in science, engineering and technology (SET) industries (CBI 2010). Almost half of STEM graduates ‘choose to take up employment in what have been traditionally considered non-STEM areas’ (House of Lords 2012). We need to encourage more STEM graduates to work in SET industries to ensure that talent is not wasted, to address skills shortages and benefit the wider economy. 

Author:
Veronica Benson
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
Mathematics
Source:
There is strong evidence that skills shortages exist in science, engineering and technology (SET) industries (CBI 2010). Almost half of STEM graduates ‘choose to take up employment in what have been...
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Branding Guidelines 23.08.2011

This document is intended to provide overall guidance to all Partners and Project Leads when promoting and publicising their projects and activities.  Whilst ensuring consistency in approach, the Programme would like to reinforce the notion that Partners are encouraged to actively promote their activity accordingly.  

The obligations on the Partners, as outlined within the contractual documentation, include:

  • All materials for release are required to be submitted to the Programme Hub in advance of publication for approval or amendment, but written permission for publication should not be unreasonably withheld. 
  • All materials must refer to the Programme and also include a reference to the joint funding of the Programme provided by HEFCE (and HEFCW for Welsh partners).

These contractual obligations enable the Programme to oversee all publications in order to harmonise and coordinate them effectively.

Where you are creating materials for your own project(s) please ensure the articles follow these guidelines.  Where you are looking to discuss the Programme overall please provide a copy of the item to the Hub well in advance of any copy deadlines.

In order to satisfy these requirements the Programme would ask Partners to ensure all resources;

  • Include a statement referring to the Programme and the website (see a below),
  • Clearly display the Programme logo, following the branding guidance from the Corporate Identity Manual (see b below),
  • Include the tag ‘HE STEM’ within all metadata for resources (see c below),
  • Are accessible for those with disabilities,
  • Are available freely for reuse by others under Creative Commons licences where possible,
  • Are submitted to the Hub for approval well in advance of any publication deadlines.

 

a.    Programme Statements

In all resources, presentations, videos or publicity materials created for your project it is important that you link back to the Programme to make it clear that your activity forms a part of an overall scheme of work taking place at institutions nationally.  There have been instances where Programme work has been publicised but no mention of the Programme has been included - something that should be avoided going forward.

 In order to do this the Hub team have taken care to come up some with suitable clauses that partners and projects might use within their outputs, materials and publicity items.

1.     ‘The project was a part of the National HE STEM Programme.  Please see www.hestem.ac.uk for further information.’

2.     ‘This activity forms a part of the National HE STEM Programme, details of which can be found at www.hestem.ac.uk.’

3.     ‘This activity was initiated by the National HE STEM Programme, details of which can be found at www.hestem.ac.uk.’

4.     ‘This activity was undertaken as a part of the National HE STEM Programme, details of which can be found at www.hestem.ac.uk.’

5.     ‘This activity was initiated as a part of the National HE STEM Programme via the XXX Spoke. For more information on the Programme overall please see www.hestem.ac.uk.’

If you feel you have a more suitable statement please contact the Hub team to discuss accordingly, before publication.

Please do not say ‘this project was funded by the National HE STEM Programme’ as it implies the Programme is a funding body which it is not.

 

b.    Programme Logos

As mentioned above, all outputs, materials, resources, publicity, and publications are required to carry the Programme logo.  Accordingly a set of branding guidelines were issued within the Corporate Identity Manual in order to ensure uniformity across all Programme projects.  These branding guidelines highlight how to use the logo, what colours the logo should appear in, the exclusion zone settings, and the files to be used.  Please note that these guidelines should be followed when reproducing the Programme logo and that only the approved images within the guidelines should be used.

The Corporate Identity Manual is attached to this page, and logo files are available upon request.

 

c.    Tagging

Tagging and metadata is something that should be very carefully considered when releasing materials and resources online, or depositing them into repositories, public or closed.  Using correct keywords, or tags, will allow related materials to be surfaced together.

The Programme tag to be used for all resources is ’HE STEM’. 

Please include this tag in all metadata entries for any outputs, resources, or materials produced.  This will allow all resources tagged ‘HE STEM’ to be displayed together.

Partners may also want to create a tag of their own so that projects along a similar theme or funding call can be surfaced together.  For example the Royal Society for Chemistry might use ‘RSC HESTEM’ whereas the South West Spoke might use ‘SW Spoke HE STEM’ as a tag.

Partners may also want to include tags such as; ‘employer engagement, widening participation, outreach, curriculum development’ so that resources along similar themes can be discovered in context alongside related materials.

Other tags might include the HEI involved in the project, the project lead details, and some key words relating to the particular resources and their content.

A list of the tags for this resource might be:

HE STEM, National HE STEM Programme, HEFCE, HEFCW, publicity guidance, guidance for partners, editor notes, Creative Commons, tags, metadata, key words, promotion, dissemination, corporate identity manual, branding guidelines, University of Birmingham, unibirmingham, OER, UKOER.

 


Author:
National HE STEM Programme
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
This document is intended to provide overall guidance to all Partners and Project Leads when promoting and publicising their projects and activities.  Whilst ensuring consistency in approach, the Programme would...
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Calculations for Health Professionals resource link 15.08.2012
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Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
Mathematics
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Collaboration Between HEIs: An Outreach Practice Guide 27.04.2012

Welcome to this short guide on collaborative outreach practice.  We've pulled together some advice and hints and tips from a variety of collaborative projects to help you in building your own multi-HEI outreach projects.  Each site has its own identity, so this is not meant to be prescriptive, but hopefully will preapre you as you set up your project.

Author:
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
Welcome to this short guide on collaborative outreach practice.  We've pulled together some advice and hints and tips from a variety of collaborative projects to help you in building your own multi-HEI...
Connect to Science Interim Report 27.01.2012

The interim report covering the first edition of the Connect 2 Science course.

Author:
Lesley Booth
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
The interim report covering the first edition of the Connect 2 Science course.
Creative Commons and the National HE STEM Programme 01.09.2011

The National HE STEM Programme has an obligation to ensure that any and all resources from the Programme are freely available to be used by institutions across England and Wales as a requirement from the funders HEFCE (& HEFCW).  The Programme has therefore taken the view that all of the resources and outputs produced by the Programme should be released under open licences to enable such reuse of the resources.

Author:
National HE STEM Programme
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
The National HE STEM Programme has an obligation to ensure that any and all resources from the Programme are freely available to be used by institutions across England and Wales as a requirement from the funders HEFCE...
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Crosswinds 06.05.2011

The original form of the problem is an Experimental Group Research Project, undertaken by students organised into small groups working as teams. Most, if not all, of the required theory can be found in standard first year physics texts.

Further information is also available from the Institute of Physics

 

 

Author:
University of Leicester
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
Physics
Source:
Institute of Physics
The original form of the problem is an Experimental Group Research Project, undertaken by students organised into small groups working as teams. Most, if not all, of the required theory can be found in standard first...
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Crosswinds are critical 06.05.2011

The original version of 'Crosswinds are Critical' is run as a Laboratory Group Research Project, undertaken by students in small groups.  There are four laboratory sessions of 3 hours each as well as two facilitated workshops.  For each of the workshps there is a set question for class discussion, which is marked at the workshops.

Further information is also available from the Institute of Physics  

Author:
University of Leicester
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
Physics
Source:
Institute of Physics
The original version of 'Crosswinds are Critical' is run as a Laboratory Group Research Project, undertaken by students in small groups.  There are four laboratory sessions of 3 hours each as well as two...
Culture Analysis Tool 30.08.2012

The steps that lead to gender equality within organisations are also those that promote good employment practice and an inclusive environment for all staff. However, the impact of not taking these steps disadvantages women more than men. Building gender equality is of particular importance in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)1, where the representation of women in most subjects remains low2.

The HE STEM Staff Culture Survey has been designed specifically for university STEM departments to help them understand how male and female staff experience their working environment and what, if any, improvements may be needed to ensure equality of opportunity. It has been developed as part of the National HE STEM Programme, with the aim of sharing good practice in gender equality in higher education. This may be of relevance to university departments in completing the environment element of the Research Excellence Framework or in applying for accreditation within the Athena SWAN or Institute of Physics Juno award schemes.

The HE STEM Staff Culture Survey explores the experience, knowledge and views of your staff on
how your Department promotes and manages gender equality. It focuses on four areas:
- Participation and promotion practices
- Workplace culture
- Leadership and management commitment
- Reputation and social responsibility

Your staff’s responses will help you to assess the current culture within your Department, highlight existing good gender equality practice and identify areas where improvements can be made, benefiting department and staff alike.

Author:
Veronica Benson
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
The steps that lead to gender equality within organisations are also those that promote good employment practice and an inclusive environment for all staff. However, the impact of not taking these steps disadvantages...
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Current electricity 08.05.2011

This problem is adapted from an on-line knowledge enhancement module for PGCE programme.  It is used to cover the basics of circuits with resistance, capacitance and inductance.  The original material can be found at http://open.jorum.ac.uk/xmlui/handle/123456789/2970
 

This unit was run over one week with online support

Further information is also available from the Institute of Physics

Author:
University of Leicester
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
Physics
Source:
Institute of Physics
This problem is adapted from an on-line knowledge enhancement module for PGCE programme.  It is used to cover the basics of circuits with resistance, capacitance and inductance.  The original material can be...
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Developing mathematical and statistical skills in the engineering workplace 28.02.2012

 A report created by the pilot project More Maths Grads titled ‘Developing mathematical and statistical skills in the engineering workplace’ has been published and disseminated to the mathematics community using the support of the National HE STEM Programme. 

Author:
Kevin Golden
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
Mathematics
Source:
 A report created by the pilot project More Maths Grads titled ‘Developing mathematical and statistical skills in the engineering workplace’ has been published and disseminated to the mathematics...
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Embedded Employability, Enhancing the University Curriculum 17.09.2012

This guide aims to provide support to universities, in the development of an employability agenda to close the gap between the skills needed for future business growth and the skills being acquired by current graduates. Employability is an increasing part of the responsibility that HEIs have to their students and is also one facet of a more general drive on the part of government and HEIs themselves to focus attention on the ways in which they contribute to economic growth.

Author:
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
This guide aims to provide support to universities, in the development of an employability agenda to close the gap between the skills needed for future business growth and the skills being acquired by current...
Employer Engagement: Case Studies for adoption in HEI Mathematical Sciences 24.07.2012

A collection of case studies of HEI mathematical sciences departments interacting with employers.

Author:
Edmund Chadwick
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
Mathematics
Source:
A collection of case studies of HEI mathematical sciences departments interacting with employers.
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Enhancing Engineering Higher Education 27.07.2012

In managing the engineering strand of the National HE STEM Programme, the Royal Academy of Engineering wished to provide as much flexibility to Higher Education Institutions and to engineering academics as it could; hence the tactic of providing funding for a wide range of themed projects through competitive bidding. Every engineering department has to react to the constants and changes in engineering Higher Education according to local context. No two departments are alike; each one positions itself in a new market for students in a unique way according to its strengths and constraints.

Author:
Royal Academy of Engineering
Type:
Guides and Publications
Discipline:
Engineering
Source:
In managing the engineering strand of the National HE STEM Programme, the Royal Academy of Engineering wished to provide as much flexibility to Higher Education Institutions and to engineering academics as it could;...