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Innovation projects 20/21

We were delighted to receive a strong field of submissions to the University’s Learning Enhancement and Innovation Fund 2020-21. We are pleased to announce that 10 projects have been successful in receiving the Fund this year. An overview of the successful projects, including their titles, lead persons and faculties, and project aims, is given below:

1. BAME attainment in HE: Exploring the experiences of African descent students and the factors that impact on their low grades at UON, Dr Patrice Seuwou, FBL
2. Reflections on practice co-created by experts and novices using video collaboration software,
Emma Whewell, FAST
3. Early Years Virtual Environment – EYVE (pronounced ee-vee)
Iain Douglas, FAST
4. Integrating and expanding skills between FBL and FAST (cross faculty) students by embedding changemaker skills and social innovation into student learning,
Friedemann Schaber, FAST & Dr Rebecca Fakoussa, FBL
5. Converting willingness to engagement, Dr Tracey Redwood, FHES
6. Creating a digital workbook to enhance student academic skills: A self-paced journey,
Karin Johnstone, LLS
7. Agents of change: Engaging students in social innovation across an Integrated Foundation Year,
Kirsty Wagstaffe, FAST
8. Evaluating efforts to decolonise the curriculum – exploring the experiences of staff and students at UON, Dr Charlotte Dann, FHES
9. Student persona, Susie Palmer-Trew, Student Union
10. Listening to liberate: Using critical reflexivity to liberate students of colour, Nick Cartwright, FBL

All projects will present their findings at the Learning and Teaching Conference 2021.

Innovation projects 2019-20

The ILT Learning Enhancement and Innovation Fund 2019-2020 has funded 13 projects. All the projects started in November 2019, and will be completed in July 2020. Find out more about each project from their project blog below:

  1. Student engagement: holistic mapping to better understand and support subjectivities of student experience. Rachel Dubsky, FHES
  2. Using the perceptions of Deaf/HI students at UoN to inform student progression and delivery of ABL. Helen Trory, FHES
  3. Professional artistry leanring resource for end-of-life hospital nursing care. Peter Stuart, FHES
  4. TECH4All #2 – e-cologies of digital learning. Cristina Devecchi, FHES
  5. How can online tools enhance group work? Helena Beeson, LLS
  6. Improving the relationship between attainment, retention, progression and continuation of BAME Art and Design students. Gavin Douglas, FAST
  7. Virtually Ready: The impact of Virtual Reality (VR) on student knowledge acquisition, application and retention in policing scenarios. Jessica Ritchie and Damian Hiscocks, FBL
  8. The impact of teaching BAME and other targeted groups using radical collections. Daniel Jones, FAST
  9. From clinic to classroom, and back again. Cath Kenny, FHES
  10. Implementation of a fair group marking and student scoring scheme based upon separate product and process assessment responsibilities. Suraj Ajit, FAST
  11. An investigation into BAME attainment, exploring the factors that impact on low grades of BAME students at UoN. Nathan Dodzo, FAST
  12. STEM Buddies: A pilot changemaking scheme to improve UG students’ employability skills and primary school children’s interest in STEM subjects. Josephine Chen-Wilson, FHES
  13. Developing PG researchers’ critical thinking, reading and writing skills through object-based learning. Qian Zhang, FHES
  14. Active Transparency in Establishing Student Expectations of studying at the UoN. Kelly-Ann Cannon, FBL