Dr Claire Allen speaking at a Conference

ILT works closely with the Students’ Union to engage students in several areas of work. Examples include:


URB@N stands for Undergraduate Research Bursaries at Northampton. It is a bursary scheme offering opportunities for current undergraduate students to participate in pedagogic research projects. In 2016-17, URB@N has funded 12 projects. All the projects started in January 2017, and will be completed in June 2017.

Support for STaR awards

The Student Teaching and Representation (STaR) Awards is an annual event that gives the Students’ Union the opportunity to celebrate academic and support staff who have made an outstanding impact on students’ university experiences. For the past four years, ILT has supported the student-led STAR Awards, ranging from financial support to advice and guidance in the development of selection criteria and active participation at the event itself.

Co-facilitation of C@N-DO workshops

Following a recruitment process, three students have been selected to take part in C@N-DO workshops as co-facilitators. Two of them have been involved in workshops held in January, February and March.

Student involvement in CAIeROs

Students are regularly invited to participate in CAIeRO workshops. They are expected to join in not just as observers or reality checkers, but also as active contributors to the design process. Their participation is valued by course teams and constitutes an important part of the consultation process.

Lunchtime discussions and debates

Lunchtime discussions and debates have been organised jointly between the SU and ILT. Others are in the diary for the rest of 2017. A recent example is Waterside and You, a session where different aspects of learning and teaching at Northampton were presented and discussed.

Support for Course Reps and participation in Committees

We also attend and liaise with Course Reps at various Student Union committees (usually the Education Committee) as well as involve students (not just SU Sabbatical Officers) on key committees and projects. For example, this year we have a number of Course Reps on the Assessment and Feedback Matters sub-groups.