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'Employers to Mathematical Sciences Students' video series 12.03.2012

This video is a trailer fot the 'Employers to Mathematical Sciences Students' video series which includes:

Why study maths?

What do Employers Look For?

Why are Maths Graduates Sought After?

Why are Soft Skills Important?

Are Industrial Placements Helpful?

What do Graduate Training Schemes Provide?

What Advice Would You Give Undergraduates?

The videos were produced as part of the Curriculum Impact project based in the School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary, University of London with support from the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, as a part of the National HE STEM Programme.

Author:
Wideangles TV for QMUL
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
Mathematics
Source:
This video is a trailer fot the 'Employers to Mathematical Sciences Students' video series which includes: Why study maths? What do Employers Look For? Why are Maths Graduates Sought After? Why are Soft...
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(Institute of Mathematics and its Applications) Industrial panel mathematics degree review project booklet 07.02.2012

London Metropolitan University has recently conducted a major review of its Mathematical Sciences undergraduate provision and new courses will be offered to students in 2012-13.  It was felt important that design of the curriculum should have input from employers; with course designers collaborating with representatives of industry to ensure that their teaching is also relevant and up-to-date.

Author:
Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
Mathematics
Source:
Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
London Metropolitan University has recently conducted a major review of its Mathematical Sciences undergraduate provision and new courses will be offered to students in 2012-13.  It was felt important that design...
A proactive approach to facilitate transition to HE - Exeter - interim report 02.07.2012

Struggling with the mathematical content of a science degree is particularly difficult for students who come from a non-typical background such as access courses, where the transition to university level maths can be sharp and really targeted individualised help can make a big difference to both performance and confidence.

Author:
Sharon Strawbridge
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
National HE STEM Programme
Struggling with the mathematical content of a science degree is particularly difficult for students who come from a non-typical background such as access courses, where the transition to university level maths can be...
A Survey of STEM Workforce Development Needs in the London and South East Region 30.06.2011

This report was commissioned to consider the challenges faced by employers recruiting and upskilling STEM skilled employees in the London and South East Region. It details the STEM skills challenges faced by employers in the region, with their existing workforce, particularly those who have not experienced Higher Education, and with new graduates in STEM disciplines. It relates to the workforce in both STEM and non-STEM related sectors. The report seeks to identify specific skills shortages and recommend working methodologies for engaging HEIs in providing relevant Workforce Development (WFD) for the current workforce to address the skills issues identified.

Author:
Luke C. Lyons
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
This report was commissioned to consider the challenges faced by employers recruiting and upskilling STEM skilled employees in the London and South East Region. It details the STEM skills challenges faced by employers...
Accredited bite-sized learning to upskill chemical industry Interim Report 01.03.2012

This project will pilot the development of work-based learning resources for production staff in the chemical industry, to improve their understanding of basic chemical processes and managing health and safety aspects of their work. The project arose from the desire of employees to understand more about the chemical substances they work with, and for employers to increase the knowledgeability of their workforce, to their commercial benefit. Delivered via blended learning (online and face-to-face delivery), completion of our course will carry the award of 60 credits at HE Level 1 (NVQ Level 4).

Author:
Dr Sheila Pankhurst
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
This project will pilot the development of work-based learning resources for production staff in the chemical industry, to improve their understanding of basic chemical processes and managing health and safety aspects...
Adopters' challenges - engineering gateways 21.05.2012

The aims of the stage reported here were to:

  • understand the challenges and/or barriers perceived by the adopters to the development and implementation of degrees according to the 'engineering gateways' framework at their university
  • based on the information obtained, produce a summary report of the perceived barriers/challenges with recommendations to inform the development of the proposed 'toolkit'

 

Author:
Deborah Seddon
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
Engineering
Source:
National HE STEM Programme
The aims of the stage reported here were to: understand the challenges and/or barriers perceived by the adopters to the development and implementation of degrees according to the 'engineering gateways'...
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An interactive online numeracy resource for pre-registration nurses and midwives - interim report 08.08.2011

Members of the team are exploring different models for running the drop-by station espressoMaths at Glenside for 2011/12 in the light of comments from the focus groups and from informal discussions with students.

Author:
Sarah Green
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
National HE STEM Programme
Members of the team are exploring different models for running the drop-by station espressoMaths at Glenside for 2011/12 in the light of comments from the focus groups and from informal discussions with students.
April 2012 Evaluation PTP short report 16.05.2012

Initial observations from the evaluation suggest people found the course really helpful.  Several suggested they would have preferred a longer session to cover the content.

Author:
Sophie Duncan
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
National HE STEM Programme
Initial observations from the evaluation suggest people found the course really helpful.  Several suggested they would have preferred a longer session to cover the content.
Assessment criteria 31.07.2011

This document outlines the marking criteria for the 2011 EPS Grand Challenge.

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Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
Engineering
Source:
This document outlines the marking criteria for the 2011 EPS Grand Challenge.
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Biological Physics Website and Materials 13.03.2012

The IOP has been working with specialists to develop material to support departments looking to teach Biological Physics to undergraduates. The resources are free for all users.

The resources are grouped into modules, with each module consisting of two to three lectures worth of material.

Lecturers can choose to incorporate either complete modules, or elements of modules, into their degree programme. They can pick and choose the material from the IOP’s specially designed Biological Physics website.

Modules include:

  • Biological Molecules
  • Thermodynamics
  • The Cell
  • Energy
  • Molecular Machines
  • Regulatory Networks

Additional multi-media resources, such as video interviews with scientists and journalistic news articles, which help to round out the teaching material have been included on the main Biological Physics website.

Creative Commons Licence
Biological Physics by The Institute of Physics as part of the National HE STEM Programme is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Author:
Institute of Physics
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
Physics
Source:
The IOP has been working with specialists to develop material to support departments looking to teach Biological Physics to undergraduates. The resources are free for all users. The resources are grouped into...
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Bob's Misadventures in Maths 23.02.2012

The following video is an output from the project: "Increasing public awareness of the key role of mathematics underpinning STEM disciplines" led by Trevor Hawkes at Coventry University.

Bob's Misadventures in Maths: http://www.mathscareers.org.uk/viewItem.cfm?cit_id=383232

Author:
Trevor Hawkes
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
Mathematics
Source:
The following video is an output from the project: "Increasing public awareness of the key role of mathematics underpinning STEM disciplines" led by Trevor Hawkes at Coventry University. Bob's...
Building the capacity of engineering lecturers 30.04.2012

This project was undertaken to encourage engineering lecturers to engage with or lead engineering outreach within their Higher Education Institution (HEI). The project was undertaken in two stages. The first stage looked at existing success within the regional HEIs to identify effective practice, current motivators and to capture the baseline status of outreach. The second stage involved the development, piloting and rollout of an outreach support package and resource pack that could be used in all HEIs. Ultimately the HEIs themselves would deliver outreach activities to schools and colleges. The project involved a number of HEIs within the region as well as other organisations such as STEMNET, local Education Business Partnerships (EBPs) and relevant commercial organisations. As well as the outreach support pack and staff development resource pack, tangible project outcomes include an increased number of trained and registered STEM Ambassadors and a greater level of outreach delivery.

Author:
Dr David Dyke
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
Engineering
Source:
This project was undertaken to encourage engineering lecturers to engage with or lead engineering outreach within their Higher Education Institution (HEI). The project was undertaken in two stages. The first stage...
Business Innovation in STEM Final Project Output 25.07.2012

A number of resources from this project are included within this zip file.

Author:
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
Engineering
Source:
A number of resources from this project are included within this zip file.
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Business Innovation in STEM Poster 09.03.2012

The HE-STEM initiative aims to give employers, employees and members of the public, easy and available access to knowledge in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


This can be given through the form of traditional full degrees or specially designed short courses, tightly designed for high industrial relevance and “real world” application.

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Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
The HE-STEM initiative aims to give employers, employees and members of the public, easy and available access to knowledge in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This can be...
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Business Innovation in STEM sectors by Work force up skilling (BIG STEM)Final Case Study 27.07.2012

The project was commissioned by the south east hub of the national HE STEM program in 2011. The key project aims and objectives were to directly engage the regional industry in STEM sectors, bring together professional and trade bodies in the Kent and parts of south east region, run focused and specialist information events, raise awareness of flexi mode higher education provision and specialist short courses offered by the University of Greenwich for up-skilling work force contributing to business innovation and growth. This includes developing and running fee payable short courses in the subject areas that have been identified as industrially relevant in targeted sectors and further the collaborations between Higher Education Institutions and Industry. The outcomes are to help embed new knowledge into the industry and inform curriculum developers with current industry needs hence contributing to address the National STEM program agenda in this sub-region. The prevailing practice was primarily to engage big employers and offer a suite of tailored programs to their requirements. This project has reached out to a much wider and deeper level of audience in the geographical region and industry respectively, particularly among the Small and Medium Scale employers and more importantly at the Employee level. This project particularly looked into developing new specialist sector based short courses for the identified prominent local and as well as upcoming new industry sectors and a STEM sector based industry learner network as a communication tool for the University to engage with the industry. 

Author:
Dr Pal Kulandaivel
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
Engineering
Source:
The project was commissioned by the south east hub of the national HE STEM program in 2011. The key project aims and objectives were to directly engage the regional industry in STEM sectors, bring together...
Business Innovation in STEM sectors by Work force up skilling Interim Report 01.05.2012

The project aims to up skill work force in the regional industry in the STEM sectors, develop and run CPD courses in the subject areas that have been identified as industrially relevant, directly engage the regional industry by running focussed and specialist information events, organise CPD courses (fee chargeable) in targeted areas and further the collaborations between HEI and industry. The set of CPD events planned to be initially offered on a non-credit bearing basis is in future expected to be built into credit bearing modules fitting into a program of flexible mode study resulting in certificate, diploma and higher degrees counting in measurable work based learning. This will help to embed new knowledge into the industry and inform curriculum developers with real industry needs hence contributing to address the National STEM programme agenda in this sub-region.

Author:
Dr Pal Kulandaivel
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
The project aims to up skill work force in the regional industry in the STEM sectors, develop and run CPD courses in the subject areas that have been identified as industrially relevant, directly engage the regional...
Can the Employability of undergraduates be enhanced through raising curriculum content awareness and relevance in the workplace? 31.01.2012

Following consultations with British Engines, RSLC and Siemens establishing in-depth understandings of existing training activities and materials, new and specific work-based learning modules were developed and then ‘contextualised’ to respond to client demands. There have now been a number of student enrolments from all three partner companies ranging from apprentices to those in ‘workshop manager/team leader’ type roles and technical staff with no Higher Education experience. A total of 7.33 FTE are engaged in this project and details of the students can be found in the appendices of this report.

Author:
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
Following consultations with British Engines, RSLC and Siemens establishing in-depth understandings of existing training activities and materials, new and specific work-based learning modules were developed and then...
Can the Use of Online CV’s Help to Enhance Employability? 31.01.2012

Whilst still very early in this project’s life cycle (5th December 2012 commencement date), good progress has been made in moving towards the aim of developing an online portal where students can enhance their profile through the creation of online video CV’s.

Author:
Lucy Probyn
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
Whilst still very early in this project’s life cycle (5th December 2012 commencement date), good progress has been made in moving towards the aim of developing an online portal where students can enhance their...
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Capturing work experience and enhancing employability 20.04.2012

This project aimed to improve engineering students’ employability by enabling them to capture their work experience (including any non-discipline related work) and develop the skills needed by sector employers. During the capturing process, students are required to outline the activities they undertake and reflect on them.

Author:
Scarlett Xiao
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
Engineering
Source:
This project aimed to improve engineering students’ employability by enabling them to capture their work experience (including any non-discipline related work) and develop the skills needed by sector employers....
Careers Advice in Museums report 30.11.2011

The Science & Discovery Centres project entails the creation of a facility where learners, teachers, parents and careers information advice and guidance professionals can explore and begin to understand the ‘journey’ from school to university and into the workforce.

 

Working in partnership with Midlands Science & Discovery Centres to develop and pilot an innovative, flexible, scalable model for transfer into other public venues across England and Wales in a cost effective and sustainable way.

Author:
Lauren Fairbrother and Alison Smith
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
The Science & Discovery Centres project entails the creation of a facility where learners, teachers, parents and careers information advice and guidance professionals can explore and begin to understand the...
Careers Practice Transfer Partnership - Objective 4 01.04.2012

Transition to Work: Engaging Students with the career benefit of Chartered Status.


To work with Professional Bodies to develop a dedicated resource to be used within STEM departments to introduce students to the career and personal benefits of engagement with Professional Bodies and the opportunities to acquire ‘Chartered Status (CChem, CPHys, CEng, CMath). By engaging students with the process of becoming a chartered professional, and examining the non technical or employability skills required of a chartered professional, this project also aims to raise students awareness of the importance attached to employability skills by STEM employers.

Author:
Lisa Cranfield
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
Transition to Work: Engaging Students with the career benefit of Chartered Status. To work with Professional Bodies to develop a dedicated resource to be used within STEM departments to introduce students to the...
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Careers Practice Transfer Partnership Final report 01.07.2012

This project aimed to provide support for STEM departments seeking to integrate careers focused activity into students’ experience. 

 

Author:
A.M.Macdonald, P Moreton, J Hutchinson, L, Cranfield
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
This project aimed to provide support for STEM departments seeking to integrate careers focused activity into students’ experience.   
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Careers PTP Chartered Status Student Exercises 01.07.2012

   The resource is available in two formats, as a PDF with supporting worksheets in a Word document format and as a Blackboard test. All information in the resources was correct at the time of publication.

 The main objective for developing the resource was to introduce students to the career and personal benefits of engagement with their professional institution and the opportunities to acquire Chartered Status (CChem, CPHys, CEng, CMath). It was also intended that, by becoming familiar with the skills required of a chartered professional, this would increase students’ awareness and understanding of employability skills, as well as the importance of continuing professional development. The chemistry, physics and maths resource also includes an element of personal career research.
The resource has been designed so that upon completion students will be able to:
• List some benefits of engagement with their professional institution;
• List some benefits of becoming a chartered professional;
• Explain the basic steps involved in becoming a chartered professional;
▪ Recognise that some of the competences required of a chartered professional are comparable to employability skills expected of graduates;
• Give examples of when they have demonstrated some employability skills
• Know where to get help in articulating their employability skills;
• Identify activities that will help develop employability skills.
For the chemistry, physics and maths resource an optional learning outcome is that students are able to carry out personal career research. This relates to question 8 in the maths and physics assignment and question 10 in the chemistry assignment.

Author:
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
   The resource is available in two formats, as a PDF with supporting worksheets in a Word document format and as a Blackboard test. All information in the resources was correct at the time of...
Case Studies: Can the Use of Online CV’s Help to Enhance Employability 30.06.2012

This pilot project supported an existing Northumbria University National HE STEM Programme funded employability project and aimed to enhance provision by providing additional support to students undertaking STEM related programmes through the development of online video CV’s.

Author:
Lucy Probyn
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
This pilot project supported an existing Northumbria University National HE STEM Programme funded employability project and aimed to enhance provision by providing additional support to students undertaking STEM...
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Case studies: Employability of Chemistry Undergraduates 01.06.2012

The project has developed a generic framework for STEM programmes allowing Chemistry students to identify the academic, practical and broad employability skills in their academic curriculum which are aligned to the needs of employers.

Author:
Lucy Probyn & Sophie Carr
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
STEM wide
Source:
The project has developed a generic framework for STEM programmes allowing Chemistry students to identify the academic, practical and broad employability skills in their academic curriculum which are aligned to the...
Case study - using part-time students as mentors - NTU, Derby and London South Bank 04.07.2012

Practice in using part-time students as mentors has been transferred from Coventry University to three other universities: Nottingham Trent, London South Bank and Derby (all in civil engineering).

Author:
various
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
Engineering
Source:
National HE STEM Programme
Practice in using part-time students as mentors has been transferred from Coventry University to three other universities: Nottingham Trent, London South Bank and Derby (all in civil engineering).
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Case study approach to large-group teaching of level 4 electronics 30.04.2012

This case study describes a project in which we aimed to contextualise the teaching of electronics to a large student group that does not major in in the discipline through a case study design approach developed across the entire module. The target circuit design measures mechanical force or load - important phenomena in the students’ core study area. Design ideas and analysis tools are introduced as required to progress the design rather than being grouped towards the front of the teaching as is often the case. A pilot study has been completed and a large group activity is currently underway.

Author:
A. Sutton and G. Charles
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
Engineering
Source:
This case study describes a project in which we aimed to contextualise the teaching of electronics to a large student group that does not major in in the discipline through a case study design approach developed...
Catherine Smith's Final Report 01.07.2012

The work described in this report was completed during my year as an RSC School Teacher Fellow funded through the National HE STEM programme.

For each of the objectives set at the beginning of the fellowship year an assessment of whether the objective is met together with key outputs from the work and an indication of the sustainability of the work is given. This is followed by more detailed discussion. Where documents and papers are shown or referred to, all master copies will be held by the Royal Society of Chemistry and can be obtained by contacting the Education Department at the RSC.

Author:
Catherine Smith
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
Chemistry
Source:
The work described in this report was completed during my year as an RSC School Teacher Fellow funded through the National HE STEM programme. For each of the objectives set at the beginning of the fellowship year an...
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Cognitive apprenticeship meets industrial apprenticeship 30.04.2012

On civil engineering courses at Coventry University, the presence of two types of student with relevant work experience has allowed a study of realistic project work to take an interesting perspective. The students are: (1) part-time students in the workforce, who study on day-release, and (2) full-time students who have spent a year-out sandwich placement in industry. Semi-structured group interviews with a total of 52 students have been carried out by four members of academic staff in such a way that no member of staff has interviewed students they are currently supervising.

Author:
John Davies, Tom Rogers, Steve Austin and Jon Ordidge
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
Engineering
Source:
On civil engineering courses at Coventry University, the presence of two types of student with relevant work experience has allowed a study of realistic project work to take an interesting perspective. The students...
Coherent STEM strategy with Schools 15.12.2010

The aim of the project is to embed good practice from the University of Plymouth with respect to a coherent STEM approach to School Liaison work at UWE. It is recognised that to attract students to study STEM subjects at university, it is necessary to enthuse school pupils before they make subject choices at GCSE and A-level.

Author:
Alison Hooper
Type:
Project outputs
Discipline:
Mathematics
Source:
www.hestem-sw.org.uk
The aim of the project is to embed good practice from the University of Plymouth with respect to a coherent STEM approach to School Liaison work at UWE. It is recognised that to attract students to study STEM subjects...