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URB@N

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Undergraduate/Postgraduate Research Bursaries at Northampton

URB@N stands for ‘Undergraduate Research Bursaries at Northampton’. It is a bursary scheme offering opportunities for current undergraduate students to work in partnership with staff on a pedagogic project at the university.

URB@N has now expanded to become PURB@N! Both undergraduate and postgraduate (taught) students can now participate in the scheme. Find out more

Applications for 2022-23 are now open! Deadline Tuesday 1st November 2022.

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About URB@N – Information for Students

Thanks for your interest in the URB@N scheme. Would you like to:

  • Gain valuable work experience?
  • Develop your existing skills?
  • Learn new skills?
  • Strengthen your research skills?
  • Meet new people?
  • Work alongside academic staff?
  • Help to improve the learning experience of your fellow students?
  • Make a valuable contribution to your university?
  • Earn money?

If your answer to these questions is ‘yes’, then URB@N could be for you!

We are really pleased to be able to offer this great opportunity to our current undergraduate and taught postgraduate students and hope you would like to be involved. This section is designed to tell you what you need to know about the scheme and how you can take part.

What is the scheme about?

URB@N stands for ‘Undergraduate Research Bursaries at Northampton’. It is a scheme offering opportunities for current undergraduate and taught postgraduate students to participate in a research project taking place at the university. The premise behind URB@N is facilitating opportunities for staff and students to work together in partnership to explore learning and teaching issues for the benefit of the student experience. Participating in a ‘real world’ research project like this is a great way of getting valuable work experience and developing new skills. There are a designated number of places on the scheme each year, and successful students will receive a bursary to support their involvement in the research project. In short, URB@N provides a way to ‘earn while you learn’ alongside your studies, gain extra credentials for your CV and make an important contribution to a piece of scholarly research!

How does it work?

Applications are invited from staff members across the University (in academic schools and professional services) to run a research project in collaboration with a student researcher. This research should be focused on investigating ways to improve the learning experience for students at Northampton (see some examples of the previous projects), and should involve students in an active way. Staff members act as supervisors and support a student researcher to undertake the work with them as partners.

When staff apply to the scheme, they are asked to identify who their URB@N student researcher would be if their application is successful. Therefore, staff will be looking for interested students and possibly advertising during the Autumn term to find someone suitable. If you are keen to be involved, keep a look out for information and adverts that may be circulating, and ask staff members of they know of any available opportunities. You are welcome to apply for projects taking place either inside or outside of your own subject area. Supervisors of the projects will select a student based on the expressions of interest they receive (please note, some supervisors may request a formal application and want to interview).

If you are successful in obtaining a bursary place, you will be involved in steering the direction of the project, and there will be plenty of opportunities for you to present your ideas and opinions about how the research is carried out. You can expect to be involved in the planning stage, the data collection stage and the data analysis stage of the research. Ongoing supervision and guidance will be provided by the academic supervisor on the project. Relevant training for various aspects of the project will also be provided if needed. Meetings will be scheduled with your supervisor at regular intervals to discuss progress, and in between these meetings you will have tasks to do. At the end of the project, you and your fellow bursary students will be invited to present a poster of your research at a Poster Presentation Event (taking place in May/June time each year).

How much time would I need to give this?

The research will begin early in the Spring term and, depending on the project you are working on, will usually run until mid-May. During this time we would expect that you would need to devote several hours a week to the project – culminating in about 50 hours work overall. It is difficult to give exact time estimations because individuals work at different paces, but it is important that you feel you would be able to fit the project around your existing study and other commitments.

How much would I get paid?

Each bursary is worth £500. Your payment will be received in a lump sum at the end of the project on successful completion of agreed tasks/activities at each stage.

Are there any restrictions?

The scheme is only available to current undergraduates and taught postgraduates studying at the University of Northampton. There is no academic credit associated with participation in the scheme and you would be unable to use any of the work produced/data collected etc for academic purposes.

Ok, I'm interested! Now what?

We’d encourage you to look for a suitable project and express your interest to staff members! You may also have your own idea for a project that you could propose to your tutor. See how to apply. Note that applications have to come from a staff member, rather than from students directly.

About URB@N – Information for Supervisors

Thanks for your interest in the URB@N scheme.

  • Do you have a pedagogic question in your area of work that you are seeking to explore?
  • Would you benefit from some extra resource to help you investigate this issue?
  • Are you interested in a scheme which will pay a bursary of £500 to a student you supervise to undertake this research?

If your answer to these questions is ‘yes’, then URB@N could be for you!

We are really pleased to be able to offer this great opportunity to staff and current undergraduate students and hope you would like to be involved. This section is designed to tell you what you need to know about the scheme and how you can apply.

What is the scheme about?

URB@N stands for ‘Undergraduate Research Bursaries at Northampton’. It is a scheme offering opportunities for current undergraduate and taught postgraduate students to participate in a pedagogic research project taking place at the university. For staff, this can provide them with the valuable resource they might require in order to undertake such research. In addition, having student involvement in such research can add valuable additional insight to the student voice that could not be easily accessed using other means. This can provide real authentic data which has the potential to impact on teaching and learning practice and hence the student experience. For students, participating in ‘real world’ research through a scheme like this is a great way for them to get valuable work experience and develop new skills. The premise behind URB@N is facilitating opportunities for staff and students to work together in partnership to explore learning and teaching issues for the benefit of the student experience. Each year there is a designated amount of funding allocated to the scheme. Staff are invited to propose projects that they want to supervise, and students are then invited to apply to be researchers on those projects. Successful students will receive a £500 bursary to support their involvement in the research project. In short, URB@N provides a way for students to ‘earn while they learn’ alongside their studies, gain extra credentials for their CV and make an important contribution to a piece of scholarly research.

How does it work?

The first stage of the process involves academic staff who are interested in being involved with URB@N, proposing a research question that they wish to investigate. A call for projects usually occurs part way through the Autumn term (see how to apply) and the proposed research needs to be focused on investigating ways to improve the learning experience for students at Northampton (see some examples of previous projects).

We encourage staff to select their URB@N student prior to applying. How this is done will vary, but we suggest that staff promote their project in their Faculties or departments, and invite expressions of interest from students they work with/have contact with. We advise that staff interview interested students in order to assess their suitability for the project before making a final decision.

When completed application forms are received from staff, they are anonymously scored by a team of internal reviewers in order to reach a decision about the projects which will be offered bursary places.

The research projects that are running that year are advertised on the website towards the end of November. Any staff members who did not have a bursary student identified at the time of application will need to ensure that they have appointed their URB@N researcher by the end of the Autumn term. Successful bursary students are expected to be involved in steering the direction of the project, and given plenty of opportunities to present their ideas and opinions about how the research is carried out. They should be involved in the planning stage, the data collection stage and the data analysis stage of the research.

What would I be expected to do as a supervisor?

The academic supervisor should provide ongoing supervision and guidance to the student throughout the course of the project. If any relevant training for various aspects of the project is required, supervisors should also provide or arrange this for the student. Supervision meetings with the student should be arranged at regular intervals to discuss progress, and in between these meetings students should be given agreed tasks to do. Supervisors and students should be working together in collaboration on the research, so there should be opportunities for students to have input into decisions relating to the project, and what direction it takes. At the end of the project, students and supervisors will be invited to present a poster of the research at the Learning and Teaching Conference (taking place in May/June each year).

The research will begin at the start of he Spring term and run until mid-May. During this time we expect that students would need to devote several hours a week to the project – culminating in about 50 hours work. It is difficult to give exact time estimations because individuals work at different paces, but it is important that supervisors feel that they would be able to allow adequate time to support the student appropriately for the duration of the project. It is also important that supervisors are mindful of students’ other study commitments when the research is being planned and conducted, and take necessary lengths to ensure that students are not over-burdened.

How much funding is there?

It is usually the case that a research project will be allocated one bursary student to work on it. Each student bursary is worth £500. All of this money will be paid to the students directly to compensate for their time and effort and should not be used for other purposes. Any additional funding required for the research to be conducted (such as travel, photocopying, materials, cost of poster production) should be met by local faculty or departmental budgets. Each year there are opportunities to apply for a ‘double bursary’ (meaning that 2 student researchers could be recruited for the project). This option is included on the application form, and reviewers will look for a strong rationale for why the additional resource will be needed and what additional benefits it will serve.

Students will receive their bursary payment in a lump sum at the end of the project on successful completion of agreed tasks/activities at each stage. Supervisors will be expected to monitor students’ engagement in the scheme and report as to whether the required work has been undertaken satisfactorily.

Are there any restrictions?

Staff members from academic departments and central services with a learning support or student support function can apply to supervise a project. It would be advisable if staff members had experience of conducting research, and of supervising student projects. Students applying to the scheme must be current undergraduates or taught postgraduates studying at the University of Northampton. There is no academic credit associated with participation in the scheme and students are unable to use any of the work produced/data collected etc for academic purposes.

Ok, I'm interested! Now what?

We’d encourage you to make an application to the scheme! See how to apply

PURB@N Pilot

In 2019, URB@N (Undergraduate Research Bursaries at Northampton) grew to include taught postgraduates for the first time.

PURB@N (Postgraduate and Undergraduate Research Bursaries at Northampton) now gives taught postgraduates at the university the opportunity to be a student researcher on a pedagogic project. The same rules and process still apply as with the original URB@N scheme for undergraduate students.

How to apply

How to apply

Staff

The call to apply for URB@N usually begins mid-way through the Autumn term. Information will be circulated through various means including e-mail circulars and through staff news.

Staff are invited to propose a project idea that they would be seeking to investigate in their area of work. We are open to ideas, but envisage they could include investigations of things such as:

  • Student voice
  • Making the transition to independent learning
  • Student use of assessment feedback
  • Student engagement with employability and/or changemaker initiatives
  • Student engagement in blended learning
  • Inclusivity in the curriculum
Projects which are purely discipline-focussed cannot qualify. They must have a focus on higher education learning and teaching and be explored through student voices.

The projects should have clear outcomes (ie what will be disseminated to colleagues in the subject area/Faculty/University/sector), and should be mutually beneficial for both the supervisor and the successful student. Each project should have a named academic leader who will act as supervisor.

URB@N students will need to be demonstrably supported in gaining research skills (ie not be regarded as ‘free photocopiers’) and provided with opportunities to gain new skills. Staff will therefore need to explain how they plan to support the student during the research, and how any required skills or techniques will be developed. Remember that the principle behind URB@N is the notion of staff-student partnerships, with staff and students working together on learning and teaching projects. Therefore it is important for staff to outline how they will work with the student on the research, as a collaborative partnership. The role that students will be expected to take during the research will need to be outlined, along with what the anticipated benefits will be for students in terms of their skills and career development. Projects should be of a suitable scale (ie around 50 hours of student work) and be appropriately paced to fit in with students’ academic studies. Dissemination of results will be encouraged, and staff will need to outline how they anticipate using and sharing the findings from the project.

All of this information needs to be included on the application form (click on the link to preview the file. You can download it using the ‘download’ arrow at the top). NB: Applications for 2022 close on 1st November.

Please note the following regarding the URB@N application process:

  • There is always an ‘open call’ for project themes (meaning staff can propose a project relevant to any area of the student experience), but we also invite applications aligning to particular institutional priorities.
  • As well as applying for new projects, we are also inviting staff to apply to continue a previous URB@N project. This will enable projects to be further developed – broadening the scale and likely impact of the work. Supervisors who wish to apply for this project extension can do so through the usual process, ensuring they also complete ‘Section C’ of the application form to explain the rationale for the project continuation. Supervisors can choose to re-employ their previous URB@N student, or appoint a new one – giving reasons for their decision on the application form.
  • We encourage staff to select their URB@N student researcher prior to submitting an application (where possible). On the application form, there is now space for staff to identify who their student researcher will be should the bid be successful, and why they are deemed suitable for the role. Staff members who are not able to identify a student at this stage will need to briefly explain how they intend to recruit a suitable URB@N researcher if their application is successful.

On receipt of applications, there is a review process involving a small team of staff involved with coordinating the URB@N scheme. Applications are blind reviewed in terms of the suitability of the project; support that will be provided to students; the quality of involvements students will have in the project and the potential benefits to students and the institution. As far as possible, attempts are made to ensure fair representation across schools and departments in the university.

Once successful projects have been identified, details of these are publicised on the URB@N website. This usually happens towards the end of November. At this stage, supervisors who do not yet have an URB@N researcher in place will need to recruit a suitable student. URB@N projects can only run if there are suitable students to take up the allocated bursary place, and all URB@N students need to be in place by the end of the Autumn term. We encourage staff to interview potential bursary students to assess their suitability for the project before making a final decision.

Students

During the first part of the Autumn term, staff members from across the University (in academic schools and central services), are invited to submit applications for URB@N projects. They are encouraged to identify who their URB@N student researcher will be should the application be successful. Therefore, if you are interested in being an URB@N student, its a good idea to look out for information about available opportunities. Ask your lecturers and tutors if they are planning to run an URB@N project, and express your interest at being involved. You may have your own ideas for a research project relating to learning, teaching and/or the student experience that you think needs investigating. If so, go and talk to a relevant staff member about it and see if they would be willing to apply for an URB@N bursary and be your research supervisor! If you’re stuck for ideas, have a look at the previous projects.
When you are expressing interest to staff members, its a good idea to think carefully about the following questions:

  • Why do you think you would be a suitable candidate for the URB@N scheme?
  • Why are you interested in being a researcher on that particular project?
  • How do your existing knowledge, skills and experience make you a suitable candidate for the scheme?
  • What do you think you would gain from participating in the URB@N scheme?

Supervisors will look specifically for the contribution that you feel you could make to the research, and the benefits that you foresee in terms of your personal development, skills development and career development. Some supervisors may wish you to apply in writing, and they may want to interview potential student researchers before making a decision.

Successful URB@N bursary students are confirmed by the end of the Autumn term, enabling them to start the research in the Spring term.

Contacts

Dr Rachel Maunder

Associate Professor in Psychology
The University of Northampton
Waterside Campus, university Drive
Northampton NN1 5PH
01604 893727

Background to URB@N

At a meeting of PRaSHEN (Pedagogic Research and Scholarship in Higher Education Network) just before Christmas in 2008, a small group of university colleagues agreed to work together on a collaborative research project the following year (primed with a little start-up funding from the then Office of Learning and Teaching) to explore the benefits of undergraduate students working with academics (members of the research network) as novice researchers.

The pilot project, in a moment of brilliant creativity, was called URB@N (Undergraduate Research Bursaries at Northampton). A small sample of course tutors were approached in February, and their interested students (predominantly second years) were pitched involvement as follows:

“Participating in a ‘real world’ research project like this is a great way of getting valuable work experience and developing new skills. A total of 8 places are available on the scheme this year and successful students will receive a bursary (tax free payment) to support their involvement in the research project. In short, URB@N provides a way to ‘earn while you learn’ alongside your studies, gain extra credentials for your CV and make an important contribution to a piece of scholarly research!”
History: the first call to students (2009)

For the inaugural scheme, we deliberately aligned our call with the theme for our upcoming Learning and Teaching conference at the university, which happened to be based on ‘Transitions’. This is the information we circulated to advertise URB@N:

“Over the last few years, a great deal has been written in academic journals along the broad theme of “transition” – from school, college or work to university, from Year 1 to Year 2, and so on. A great deal of this work has tried to address the issues from the perspective of a student, using methods such as focus groups and questionnaires, but the vast majority have been published by established academics who have not experienced the issues for several years.”

Project URB@N will give you, as the students experiencing the transitions, the exciting chance to explore the ideas which have been raised by academic staff, and present them as a poster at the 2nd Learning and Teaching Conference in mid-May 2009.
The sky is the limit for ideas for projects, but they could include things such as:

  • Student voice: becoming an independent learner
  • Student use of assessment feedback
  • Student engagement with employability
You will get the support of a member of academic staff, and receive some training on how to go about the research itself. Projects can be completed by individual students, but will more usually be carried out by small groups of students, who may or may not be from the same discipline.
You will also receive a tax-free bursary of £500 per group at the end of the project.

The result was a labour intensive but immensely satisfying engagement with four students, who contributed significantly to intensive pedagogic research on: transitions in Psychology learning; transitions in engagement with History seminars; professional transitions amongst new lecturers.

Reflecting on the experience of this pilot scheme, three of the academic staff (who became the de facto URB@N coordinators) noted three very different working models with URB@N students, which they identified as:

  • Apprentice model (co-researching)
  • Supervisee model (guided autonomy)
  • Research Assistant model (contributing to existing larger project)

This recognition that different staff and different projects, require different ways of working with undergraduate researchers, has provided a flexible framework in which the scheme has grown from its small beginnings.

Projects 2022-23

Supervisor: Kate Exall

Other Staff: Simon Sneddon

Lead Faculty: FHES

Project Title:
Student perceptions of semesterisation.

Student: Esther Stimpson

Supervisor: Sindy Banga

Lead Faculty: FAST

Project Title:
Exploring student perceptions of punctuality. 

Student: Andra-Mihaela Abu Ghuwaleh

Supervisor: Kate Macintyre

Other staff: Oonagh McGirr

Lead Faculty: UNIC

Project Title:
Facilitating Foundation International Learners into the UK Academic Integrity Space.

Student: Emmanuel Okpongete

Supervisor(s): Faith Tucker and Catherine Waite

Lead Faculty: FAST

Project Title:
Fieldwork Futures: enhancing the undergraduate fieldtrip experiences of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences of students with anxiety.

Student: Jasmine Smith

Supervisor: Catherine Waite and Faith Tucker

Lead Faculty: FAST

Project Title:
Fieldwork Futures: enhancing GEM students’ experiences in undergraduate fieldtrips in Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Student: Kanishka Sharma

Supervisor(s):
Lara Strangwood and Kimberley Morris

Lead Faculty: FHES

Project Title:
Student experiences of returning to study after pregnancy.

Student:

Supervisor: Hayley Barton

Other staff: Kimberley Hill, Jordan Elliott-King and Josephine Chen-Wilson

Lead Faculty: FHES

Project Title:
Evaluating the outcomes of intergenerational shared experiences in learning environments: Perspectives from HE students.

Student:

Supervisor: Emma Whewell

Other staff: Helen Tiplady

Lead Faculty:
FAST

Project Title:
The lived experiences of neurodiverse learners at the University of Northampton.

Student: Sam Judge

Supervisor: Helen Caldwell

Other staff: Emel Thomas, Samantha Weeks, James Underwood and Winnie Pui

Lead Faculty: FHES

Project Title:
Facilitating international Chinese students’ learning in an online MA Education programme.

Student:

Supervisor: Emel Thomas

Lead Faculty: FHES

Project Title:
An investigation into international student perceptions and experiences of learning and teaching in face-to-face on campus taught seminars.

Student: Jessica Spooner

Supervisor: Emel Thomas

Other staff: Neil Southwell

Lead Faculty: FHES

Project Title:
An investigation into undergraduate student and staff experiences of the dissertation supervisory process.

Student: Reza Ibrahimi

Supervisor: Rachel Love

Lead Faculty: FHES

Project Title:
To evaluate the effectiveness of simulation for placement preparation.

Student:

Supervisor(s): Helen Caldwell and Emma Whewell

Lead Faculty: FAST

Project Title:
Bringing learning alive: empowering the use of immersive technologies to blend physical and digital spaces

Student:

Supervisor(s):
Chao-Hwa Chen-Wilson and Luke Ward

Lead Faculty: FHES

Project Title:
Let’s find a better way to talk about feelings.

Student: Leah Hudson

Supervisor: Suraj Ajit

Lead Faculty: FAST

Project Title:
Contract Cheating: Causes, Prevention and Detection Strategies. 

Student(s):
Dilangi Thamalika Thilakarathna Meragal Bedige

Supervisor: Rachel Maunder

Other staff: Jodie Low

Lead Faculty: FHES

Project Title:
Students Empowering Youth in Northampton (SEYN)  

Student: Jacqui de Souza

Supervisor: Gill Chambers

Lead Faculty: FHES

Project Title:
Global ethnic majority (GEM) student perceptions of identity and voice whilst studying BA Primary Education 5-11 Programme.

Student: Aisosa Ogunbor

Previous Projects

Projects 2021-22

  • Faculty: FHES
  • Supervisor: Gill Chambers
  • Student:
  • Project Title: Global Ethnic Majority (GEM) student perceptions of identity and voice whilst studying BA Primary Education 5-11 Programme.
  • Faculty: FAST
  • Supervisor(s): Paul Jackson and Mark Rothery
  • Student: Isa Mohammed
  • Project Title: Inclusivity and Sustainability in BA History; Understanding the Student Voice.
  • Faculty: FHES/LLS
  • Supervisor(s): James Underwood and Qian Zhang
  • Student: (Vanessa) Giang Vu
  • Project Title: Vietnamese postgraduate students understanding of critical thinking and analysis and how this intersects with expectations at the University of Northampton.
  • Faculty: FHES/LLS
  • Supervisor(s): Qian Zhang and James Underwood
  • Student: Thi Linh Duong
  • Project Title: Co-creation in developing the University of Northampton Language Development Centre services to support International Students.
  • Faculty: FBL
  • Supervisor: Adrian Pryce
  • Student: Daniela Wakilova
  • Project Title: Converting local media profile into external impacts & innovative teaching materials.
  • Faculty: FHES
  • Supervisor: Kimberley Hill
  • Student: Lana Orbell
  • Project Title: #NeverOK: Enhancing the Student Voice to Prevent Sexual Violence on UK Campuses.
  • Faculty: FBL
  • Supervisor: Alison Hulme
  • Student: Akriti Bhattarai
  • Project Title: Making sense of online versus face-to-face learning preferences amongst students.
  • Faculty: FHES
  • Supervisor: Alison Power
  • Student: Diederike Donyina
  • Project Title: Exploring the facilitators and barriers to health and social care students’ engagement with Interprofessional Education in an academic setting. 
  • Faculty: FHES/FAST
  • Supervisor(s): Helen Caldwell and Emma Whewell
  • Student: Amy West
  • Project Title: DLAB Erasmus + Digital Learning across Boundaries – Developing Changemakers.
  • Faculty: FHES
  • Supervisor: Emel Thomas
  • Student: Jessica Spooner
  • Project Title: An investigation into activities, experiences and perceptions of ‘decolonizing the curriculum’ within the University.
  • Faculty: FHES
  • Supervisor(s): Karishma Jivraj and Alasdair Gordon-Finlayson
  • Student: Jack Farr
  • Project Title: Disengagement in psychology students; incorporating peer-elicited student narratives to inform effective retention practices at UON.
  • Faculty: FBL
  • Supervisor(s): Nick Naumov
  • Student: Anita Lunati
  • Project Title: Using student journals as a teaching technique to promote reflection, critical thinking and student engagement.
  • Faculty: FHES
  • Supervisor(s): Evgenia Volkovyskaya and Karishma Jivraj
  • Student: Thomas Sanderson
  • Project Title: Student experiences of academic engagement and wellbeing during the pandemic: identifying risk factors and strategies for resilience.
  • Faculty: FHES
  • Supervisor(s): Josephine Chen-Wilson, Kimberley Hill and Carey Allen
  • Student: 
  • Project Title: A Student Evaluation of a Psychology Teacher’s Network.
  • Faculty: FHES
  • Supervisor(s): Rachel Love and Hayley Walker
  • Student: Nadira Sampson
  • Project Title: BAME students’ perceptions of cultural safety within a student placement environment. 
  • Faculty: FHES/FAST
  • Supervisor(s): Helen Tiplady and Emma Whewell
  • Student: Hannah Shrive
  • Project Title: A collaborative investigation into teacher’s perceptions of why, how and when LGBT content could be taught in primary schools. 
  • Faculty: FAST
  • Supervisor(s): Catherine Waite and Faith Tucker
  • Student: Eugeine Tom
  • Project Title: Fieldwork Futures: enhancing the student experience in undergraduate fieldtrips in Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences.
  • Faculty: FBL
  • Supervisor: Maged Zakher
  • Student:
  • Project Title: Students’ Perception of Co-construction of Assessment Tasks.
  • Faculty: FAST
  • Supervisor(s): Suraj Ajit
  • Student(s): Apama Maikkara and Preseedha Prasannan
  • Project Title: Contract Cheating: Causes, Prevention and Detection Strategies.

Projects 2020-21

View the project posters that were presented at the UON Learning and Teaching Conference in June 2021.

  • Faculty: FHES
  • Supervisor(s): Dr Helen Caldwell and Dr Emma Whewell
  • Student: Beth Garrett
  • Project Title: DLAB Erasmus + Digital Learning Across Boundaries – Developing Changemakers.
  • Faculty: LLS
  • Supervisor(s): Rob Howe and Dr Cristina Devecchi
  • Student: Neil Friedman
  • Project Title: Digital Literacy for the University of Northampton (DL4UON).
  • Faculty: FHES
  • Supervisor(s): Mark Allenby and Dr Sarah Mansbridge
  • Student: Ashlee Lewis-Earl
  • Project Title: Belonging in Northampton: student experiences of extra-curricular volunteering and community work.
  • Faculty: FHES
  • Supervisor: Dr Emel Thomas
  • Student: Antonette Hall
  • Project Title: An investigation into BAME university student motivations and aspirations for their studies: reflections on social inequalities and attainment. 
  • Faculty: FAST
  • Supervisor: Dr Rasoul Khandan
  • Student: Lucas Shannon
  • Project Title: Investigating Students’ Engagement in a Hybrid Learning Teaching Environment – (Challenges and Opportunities).
  • Faculty: FBL
  • Supervisor: Dr Nick Naumov 
  • Student: Elora Dartnell
  • Project Title: Students perceptions of the ‘new normal’: Teaching and learning experiences in the era of COVID-19.
  • Faculty: FHES
  • Supervisor(s): Dr Lauren McAllister, Lauren Young and Luke Ward
  • Student: Kirsty Pope and Jessica Renew
  • Project Title: Beyond Safe Spaces: the Development of ‘brave’ Online Teaching Spaces.
  • Faculty: FAST
  • Supervisor: Dr Mark Johnson
  • Student: John Cross
  • Project Title: The Virtual Classroom Assistant.
  • Faculty: FAST
  • Supervisor: Dr Mark Johnson
  • Student: Nicola Ford
  • Project Title: Seeking Effective Teaching Strategies in the Virtual Classroom.
  • Faculty: FHES
  • Supervisor: Dr Karishma Jivraj
  • Student: Amber Rosen and Georgia Bone
  • Project Title: Exploring and enhancing the level 4 student experience during Covid-19: a coproduction study involving student advocates.
  • Faculty: FHES
  • Supervisor: Dr Rachel Maunder
  • Student: Molisha Austerberry
  • Project Title: Supporting students’ academic writing and critical thinking skills: what can we learn from applying knowledge used in EAP (English for Academic Purposes) to Psychology classes? (Part 2).
  • Faculty: FHES
  • Supervisor(s): John Pendleton and Dr Claire Clews
  • Student: Aimee Cecile
  • Project Title: The experiences of BAME students on the BSc (Hons) Midwifery Programme.
  • Faculty: FHES
  • Supervisor: Dr Tereza Aidonopoulou
  • Student: Emma Warren
  • Project Title: Improving the higher education experience for students with autism.

Projects 2019-20

The projects that successfully ran during 2019-20 are displayed below. There were additional projects that were halted due to the covid-19 pandemic. These were continued in 2020-21. View the project posters that were presented at the UON Learning and Teaching Conference in June 2020.

  • Faculty: FHES
  • Supervisor: Alison Power
  • Student: Catriona Doyle
  • Project Title: Second year Health and Social Care students’ experiences of Interprofessional Education (IPE) in the university setting.
  • Faculty: FHES
  • Supervisor: Mark Allenby
  • Student: Bernice Appiah
  • Project Title: Belonging in Northampton: student experiences of extra-curricular volunteering and community work.
  • Faculty: FHES
  • Supervisor: Amanda O’Shea
  • Student: Kirsty Watson
  • Project Title: The student experience of studying with dyslexia.
  • Faculty: FHES
  • Supervisor: Charlotte Dann
  • Student: Janae Goodridge-Downer
  • Project Title: Exploring the experiences of students with disabilities within the psychology courses.
  • Faculty: FHES
  • Supervisor: Rachel Maunder
  • Student: Bogden Tiritelnicu
  • Project Title: Supporting students’ academic writing and critical thinking skills: what can we learn from applying knowledge used in EAP (English for Academic Purposes) to Psychology classes?
  • Faculty: FBL
  • Supervisor: Maged Zakhar 
  • Student: Bradley Howe
  • Project Title: The Perception of Using Objects of Personal Value in Personal Tutorship Contexts. 
  • Faculty: FHES
  • Supervisor(s): Helen Caldwell and Emma Whewell
  • Student: Grant Malloch
  • Project Title: DLAB Erasmus – Digital Learning Across Boundaries – Developing Changemakers.

Projects 2018-19

  • Faculty: FHS
  • Supervisor: Charlotte Dann
  • Student: Aaron Clarke 
  • Project Title: What can we learn from the transition process from undergraduate year 1 to year 2 at Waterside?
  • Output:
  • Faculty: FEH
  • Supervisor: Paul Jackson
  • Student: Emma Tyler
  • Project Title: Personal Tutors and the First Year Experience.
  • Output:  Poster
  • Faculty: FBL
  • Supervisor: Nick Cartwright
  • Student(s): Edrina Jones and Karolina Dobrzynska
  • Project Title: I Heart Consent: The Game.
  • Output: Poster
  • Faculty: FAST
  • Supervisor: Yubing Shi
  • Student: Tianqi Zuo
  • Project Title: Computer Aided Education of Engineering System Dynamics for Active Blended Learning.
  • Output:
  • Faculty: FBL
  • Supervisor: Maged Zakher
  • Student: Nikesh Mistry
  • Project Title: First Year Students’ Perception of Professionalism when on a Business Trip Abroad. 
  • Output:
  • Faculty: LLS
  • Supervisor: Paul Rice
  • Student: Ernieford Barrett
  • Project Title: Escape to Victory.
  • Output: Poster
  • Faculty: FAST
  • Supervisor: Janet Jackson
  • Student: Ryan Phillips
  • Project Title: Assisting in engaging staff and students in project (Assessing Waterside’s Ecosystem Services, Observing and Monitoring the Environment) and capturing feedback from activities and events.
  • Output: Poster
  • Faculty: FEH
  • Supervisor: Lucy Atkinson
  • Student: Christopher Bellocci
  • Project Title: Transitioning to Higher Education: Student’s Voice on the Foundation Study Framework (Business, Education and Social Sciences) at the University of Northampton.
  • Output: Poster
  • Faculty: FBL 
  • Supervisor: Jane Partridge
  • Student: Hannah George
  • Project Title: The effectiveness of Second Year HRM Students Mentoring First Year HRM Students in improving retention and progression.
  • Output:
  • Faculty: FAST 
  • Supervisor: Joanna Wright
  • Student(s): Catherine Brittain and Samuel Arnold
  • Project Title: Living Labs – the Waterside Environment.
  • Output: Poster

Projects 2017-18

  • School: FEH – History
  • Supervisor(s): Paul Jackson and Nicola Cooper
  • Student(s): Codi Hart and Emma Tyler 
  • Project Title: History Learning Communities, Online Student Engagement and First Year Experiences. 
  • Output: Poster
  • School: FHS – Psychology
  • Supervisor(s): Rachel Maunder and Alice Morgado
  • Student(s): Anna Kirkland and Larisa Dinu
  • Project Title: The dark side of group work: student perspectives and taking action.
  • Output:  Poster
  • School: FBL and LLS
  • Supervisor(s): Ivna Reic and Joanne Farmer
  • Student: Stephanie Chan
  • Project Title: Digital intelligence: promoting staff and student use of library e-resources.
  • Output: Poster
  • School: FHS
  • Supervisor: Natasha Bayes
  • Student(s): Mihai Georgescu and Sihra Manjot
  • Project Title: When ‘life’ happens: Exploring strategies employed by students to cope with factors and stressors influencing their educational experience and attainment.
  • Output: Poster
  • School: FAST – Computing
  • Supervisor: Suraj Ajit
  • Student: Roxana-Alexandra Cresta
  • Project Title: Implementation of a fair group marking and student scoring scheme based upon separate product and process assessment responsibilities.
  • Output: Poster
  • School: FHS – Psychology
  • Supervisor: Roz Collings
  • Student: Amber Cole
  • Project Title: What can we learn from student’s disengagement from active blended learning activities?
  • Output: Poster
  • School: FHS – Psychology
  • Supervisor: Rachel Evenden
  • Student: Rehmat Nabi
  • Project Title: Experience of Higher Education when diagnosed with Mental Ill Health – what lessons can be learned about coping and flourishing?
  • Output: Poster
  • School: FHS – Psychology
  • Supervisor: Charlotte Dann
  • Student: Chelsea Markwell
  • Project Title: What can we learn from the transition process from undergraduate year 1 to year 2?
  • Output: Poster
  • School: FBL – Economics
  • Supervisor: Eghosa Igudia
  • Student(s): Raheena Ahmed and Raphael Regede
  • Project Title: Enhancing the NSS score of UON Economics students/graduates – an investigation of what UON economics students consider to be an academically challenging/stimulating module programme.
  • Output: Poster

    Projects 2016-17

    The URB@N Fund 2016-17 funded 12 projects as follows. All the projects started in January 2017 and completed in June 2017.

    • School: FBL – Law
    • Supervisor(s): Kate Exall
    • Student: Robert-Catalin Barbu
    • Project Title: Short Fat Modules: success or failure from a student’s perspective.
    • Output: Poster
    • School: FHS – Sport and Exercise
    • Supervisor: Jim Lusted
    • Student: Carjez Best-Bryan
    • Project Title: Segregation in the classroom: Experiences of BME students in collaborative small group learning environments.
    • Output:  Poster
    • School: FBL – Marketing and Entrepreneurship
    • Supervisor: Yan Wang
    • Student: Daniel Klimaszewski
    • Project Title: Incorporating procrastination, motivation and engagement into Tinto’s theory of student withdrawal.
    • Output: Poster
    • School: FBL – Leisure and Languages
    • Supervisor: Marcella Daye
    • Student: Elaine Hall
    • Project Title: Improving the use of social media data in undergraduate research projects.
    • Output: Poster
    • School: FBL – Marketing and Entrepreneurship
    • Supervisor: Gil Ogilvie-Johns
    • Student: Jennifer Collins
    • Project Title: Student blog on Waterside Campus.
    • Output: Poster
    • School: FEH – English
    • Supervisor: Qian Zhang
    • Student(s): YanHong Chen and Huyen Thanh Dao
    • Project Title: WeChat: Exploring new mobile services to support international students’ academic English development.
    • Output: Poster
    • School: Library and Learning Services
    • Supervisor: Elizabeth Palmer
    • Student: Ivelina Bashliyska
    • Project Title: “I didn’t realise this was stuff that could actually help us… with actually learning”: Student perceptions and experiences of Active Blended Learning.
    • Output: Poster
    • School: FBL – HRM and OB
    • Supervisor: Lydia Selby
    • Student: Aleksandra Jemeljanova
    • Project Title: Student engagement and employability through changemaker initiatives.
    • Output: Poster
    • School: FAST – Computing
    • Supervisor: Suraj Ajit
    • Student: Rytis Klimavicius 
    • Project Title: Enhancing student learning, engagement and experience with automated marking of assessments.
    • Output: Poster
    • School: FBL – Law
    • Supervisor: Nick Cartwright
    • Student: Rebekah Williams
    • Project Title: Law TV
    • Output: Poster
    • School: Moulton College
    • Supervisor: Helen Tedds
    • Student: Dan Flatters
    • Project Title: Assessing student engagement with non-assessed activities outside of lessons.
    • Output: Poster
    • School: Moulton College
    • Supervisor: James Littlemore
    • Student: El Pratt
    • Project Title: Appraisal of the impact of outdoor and nature-based activities for autistic adults and children as a means of informing pedagogic practice. 
    • Output: Poster

      Projects 2015-16

      The URB@N Fund 2015-16 funded the following projects:

      • School: Social Sciences
      • Supervisor(s): Caroline Nielsen
      • Student: Sophie Griffiths
      • Project Title: Student Experiences of Online Curation for Employability and Assessment.
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Social Sciences
      • Supervisor: Roz Collings
      • Student: Jacquie Swain
      • Project Title: Using the SEAT system to predict student engagement, retention and academic achievement. 
      • Output:  
      • School: Social Sciences
      • Supervisor: Roz Collings
      • Student(s): Katherine Reynolds and Luke Percival
      • Project Title: Incorporating procrastination, motivation and engagement into Tinto’s theory of student withdrawal.
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Library and Learning Services
      • Supervisor(s): Miggie Picton and Nick Dimmock
      • Student(s): Rochelle Blair
      • Project Title: Reference management software review.
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Moulton College
      • Supervisor: James Littlemore
      • Student: Emma Cowie-Smith
      • Project Title: Evaluation of the impact of outdoor learning in early years education as a means for improving teacher training approaches for educational practitioners at the University of Northampton. 
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Library and Learning Services
      • Supervisor: Sylvie Lomer
      • Student: Ivelina Bashliyska and Laura Wood
      • Project Title: Encouraging student engagement on skills development through e-learning.
      • Output: 
      • School: Moulton College
      • Supervisor: Wanda McCormick
      • Student: Katie Bateson
      • Project Title: Exploring research project supervision through an online delivery format. 
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Library and Learning Services
      • Supervisor: Elizabeth Palmer
      • Student: Lianne Davis
      • Project Title: Designing for transferability: How LLS Academic Skills provision incorporates Changemaker values and Employability Skills. 
      • Output: 
      • School: Social Sciences
      • Supervisor: Paul Jackson
      • Student(s): William Mann and Holly Prendergast
      • Project Title: The Searchlight Archive and the Student Experience.
      • Output: Poster 
      • School: Arts
      • Supervisor: James Smith
      • Student: Kyle Gibbings
      • Project Title: Blogging for peer feedback: student experiences of sharing and discussing design work online. 
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Social Sciences
      • Supervisor: Simon Sneddon
      • Student: Ajithaa Thillainathan
      • Project Title: Student Engagement with blended learning.
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Science and Technology
      • Supervisor: Suraj Ajit
      • Student: Boon Lan Gan
      • Project Title: Enhancing student learning, engagement and experience with automated marking of assessments.
      • Output:
      • School: Moulton College
      • Supervisor: Helen Tedds
      • Student: Leigh Thorne
      • Project Title: Assessing student engagement with course and module handbooks.
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Health
      • Supervisor: Melissa Symonds
      • Student(s): Nadine Wood and Carrie Line
      • Project Title: The development of a student support system for students whilst they are attending a clinical practice placement (practice learning opportunity).
      • Output:
      • School: Health
      • Supervisor: John Turnbull
      • Student: Elizabeth Ann Ross
      • Project Title: How do students adjust their learning strategies to take full advantage of the virtual classroom experience?
      • Output:

      Projects 2014-15

      • School: Library and Learning Services
      • Supervisor(s): Paul Rice and Rob Farmer
      • Student: Clive Howe
      • Project Title: To survey or not to survey – with the right question.
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Social Sciences
      • Supervisor: Lauren Ward
      • Student(s): Kat Congreve and Hari Parekh
      • Project Title: The Psychology of Emotion and Feeling; A Free Student Conference at the University of Northampton.
      • Output: Poster 1 Poster 2 
      • School: Moulton College
      • Supervisor: Shaun Daly
      • Student: Alex Higginson-Burthard
      • Project Title: The impact of flipped learning on effective HE lesson starts.
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Social Sciences
      • Supervisor: Nick Cartwright
      • Student(s): Jade Rickard and Phillipe Du-Bern
      • Project Title: Perceptions of Staff and Students around Extracurricular Skills Sessions (POSSESS)
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Moulton College
      • Supervisor: James Littlemore
      • Student: Rebecca White
      • Project Title: How can University of Northampton students be encouraged to be more aware and active in environmental sustainability?
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Moulton College
      • Supervisor: Wanda McCormick
      • Student: Alex Grantham
      • Project Title: How ‘work ready’ do final year Moulton College undergraduates feel?
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Science and Technology
      • Supervisor: Rashmi Dravid
      • Student: Jenna Bates
      • Project Title: Developing a peer-to-peer forum for student engagement on transnational partnerships.
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Science and Technology
      • Supervisor: James Xue
      • Student: Remus Andor
      • Project Title: Towards smart management and fair marking of computing group project using version control software.
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Arts
      • Supervisor: Renate Bräuninger
      • Student: Cassia Rudge
      • Project Title: Digital documentation of choreographic processes and their usefulness for teaching choreography at undergraduate level.
      • Output: Poster 
      • School: Arts
      • Supervisor: Tim Halliday
      • Student: Sylvia Kapala
      • Project Title: DESSP: Developing employability through staff student partnerships.
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Arts
      • Supervisor: Kelly Preece
      • Student: Rachel Nagy
      • Project Title: Developing Writing Through Academic Blogging.
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Arts
      • Supervisor: Matthew Gough
      • Student: Gundija Zandersona
      • Project Title: Navigating Archives.
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Science and Technology
      • Supervisor: Suraj Ajit
      • Student(s): Jonathan Nicholls and James Dodds
      • Project Title: Enhancing student learning and experience with automated marking of assessments.
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Health
      • Supervisor: Julie Quilter
      • Student: Harriet Akinrinade
      • Project Title: Student experiences of group work learning and assessment.
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Health
      • Supervisor: Jim Lusted
      • Student(s): Jon Sweet and Trevor Katende
      • Project Title: Write on the Walls: An evaluation of the student learning experience in the whiteboard wall teaching room.
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Health
      • Supervisor: Melissa Symonds
      • Student(s): Bethan Gray and Rebecca Hibbs
      • Project Title: Assisting with the development and evaluation of teaching modules: raising awareness of healthcare professionals and the emotional effect on women of a diagnosis of breast cancer.
      • Output: Poster

      Projects 2013-14

      View photographs from the 2013-14 URB@N Poster Presentation Event.

      • School: Social Sciences (Law)
      • Supervisor: Nick Cartwright
      • Student: Ted Noel Chan
      • Project Title: Enhancing Student Engagement by ‘Doing’ (EStEND).
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Health (Sport, Exercise & Life Sciences)
      • Supervisor: Jim Lusted
      • Student: Janine Watt
      • Project Title: An evaluation of the use of NVivo software to aid qualitative data analysis for students.
      • Output: Poster presentation 
      • School: Social Sciences (History)
      • Supervisor: Matthew McCormack
      • Student: Lorna Locke
      • Project Title: Exploring online feedback in the Arts and Humanities.
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Library and Learning Services
      • Supervisor(s): Miggie Picton and Nick Dimmock
      • Student: Carey Hime
      • Project Title: Undergraduate engagement with their tutors’ original research.
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Library and Learning Services
      • Supervisor: Rob Howe
      • Student: Hinson Kei
      • Project Title: Evaluating the student response to NILE welcome sites.
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Science and Technology (Computing)
      • Supervisor: James Xue
      • Student: Gaurav Ravindra
      • Project Title: Enhance student engagement and fair marking of group work using collaborative writing.
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Health
      • Supervisor: Natasha Bayes
      • Student: Ajithaa Thillainathan
      • Project Title: Student perceptions of different modes of assessment.
      • Output: Poster presentation.
      • School: Social Sciences (History) 
      • Supervisor: Paul Jackson
      • Student: Hari Parekh
      • Project Title: Making ‘The Searchlight Archive’ Accessible.
      • Output: Poster presentation.
      • School: Library and Learning Services
      • Supervisor(s): Paul Rice and Rob Farmer
      • Student: Nadach Musungu
      • Project Title: Open Educational Resources – Tell me what you want, what you really really want…
      • Output: Poster presentation 
      • School: Health
      • Supervisor: Sarah Church
      • Student: Wendy Tyler
      • Project Title: Eastern European Students’ Experiences of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education in the UK.
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Health (Sport, Exercise & Life Sciences)
      • Supervisor: Natalie Walker
      • Student: Tom Eaton
      • Project Title: A comparison between qualitative software and subjective human analysis. 
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Social Sciences (Psychology)
      • Supervisor: Roz Collings
      • Student: Eva Kotterbova
      • Project Title: Mind the gap… linking intention and engaging with Mentoring in Higher Education.
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Health
      • Supervisor: Julie Quilter
      • Student: Lucy Grillo
      • Project Title: The learning and teaching experiences of student parents on healthcare programmes.
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Social Sciences (Psychology)
      • Supervisor: Catherine Fritz
      • Student(s): Rebecca Gilbert and Bradley Allsop
      • Project Title: A comparison of the medium-term effectiveness of four delivery modes across three types of materials.
      • Output: Poster presentation

      Projects 2012-13

      View photographs from the 2012-13 Poster Presentation Event

      • School: Social Sciences
      • Supervisor: Mark Rothery
      • Student: Gemma Gardner
      • Project Title: The Student Experience of Work Placements in History.
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Health 
      • Supervisor: Susan Corr
      • Student: Natasha Holt Gardner
      • Project Title: Knowledge of social enterprise among health and social care final year undergraduate students.
      • Output: Poster 
      • School: Health
      • Supervisor: Sindy Banga
      • Student: Daniel Dunderdale
      • Project Title: Online submission and feedback and the Student Experience.
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Student and Academic Services
      • Supervisor: Lynn Finn
      • Student: Lizzie Fagg
      • Project Title: The Career-mindedness of the class of 2012.
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Library and Learning Services
      • Supervisor: Georgina Dimmock
      • Student(s): Ateeq Jeetun & Michelle Simpson
      • Project Title: Welcome Week and Beyond: finding out what first year students want and need from a library induction. 
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Health
      • Supervisor: Gemma Marsden
      • Student: Lucyna Bilali
      • Project Title: Understanding of feedback in first year undergraduate bioscience students.
      • Output: Poster
      • School: NBS
      • Supervisor: Rachel Fitzgerald
      • Student: Paul Corazzo
      • Project Title: Out of Sight, out of Mind? Capturing expectations and experiences of University of Northampton Distance Learners.
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Science and Technology
      • Supervisor: Terry Tudor
      • Student: Tom Mumford
      • Project Title: Evaluation of the barriers and opportunities for wastes management distance learning courses.
      • Output: Poster
      • School: School of Education/LLS
      • Supervisor: Al Holloway
      • Student: Robert Daulby
      • Project Title: Is interactive Xerte content better that static content for the student learning experience?
      • Output: Poster 
      • School: Social Sciences
      • Supervisor: Roz Phillips
      • Student: Jo Barkute
      • Project Title: Expectations of mentoring for the mentors and the mentees.
      • Output: Poster
      • School: Social Sciences
      • Supervisor: Roz Phillips
      • Student: Kim O’Connell
      • Project Title: Curiosity and infinity: the potential correlates of statistics, anxiety and achievement.
      • Output: Poster
      • School: NBS
      • Supervisor: Julia Vernon
      • Student: Chris Hindle
      • Project Title: To establish the attitudes of students to be being required to carry out preparatory work before coming to class, and their readiness to do so. 
      • Output: Poster

      Projects 2011-12

      View photographs from the 2011/12 URB@N Poster Presentation Event.

      • School: Health (Occupational Therapy)
      • Supervisor: Kim Stuart
      • Student: Thomas Lawler
      • Project Title: Evaluation of the student experience of conducting an Independent Project within BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy.
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Health (Nursing)
      • Supervisor: Peter Stuart
      • Student: Aishi Li
      • Project Title: What pedagogical principals should underpin reusable learning that support international student learning.
      • Output: Poster presentation 
      • School: Health
      • Supervisor: Prof Susan Corr
      • Student: Gayle Dellow
      • Project Title: Social enterprise in health and social care curriculum: students’ views.
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Health (Occupational Therapy)
      • Supervisor(s): Kim Stuart, Leonie Siddons & Rob Farmer
      • Student: Cheryl Jeffers
      • Project Title: Evaluation of the student experience of using PebblePad as a tool to support PDP.
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Education
      • Supervisor(s): Emma Sims & Di Stoncel 
      • Student(s): Hannah Inkin & Lauren Craig
      • Project Title: University Ambassadors: Aspiration and Achievement. 
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: NBS
      • Supervisor: Helen Ure
      • Student(s): Rebecca Holmes & Jennifer Dickens
      • Project Title: NBS student perceptions of employability development in their course.
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: NBS
      • Supervisor: Helen Ure
      • Student: Charlotte Bligh
      • Project Title: The positive impact of optional placements – video case studies.
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: NBS
      • Supervisor: Kardi Somerfield
      • Student: Emily Clark
      • Project Title: Sticky Stuff: wider demographic
      • Output: Poster presentation 
      • School: Social Sciences (History)
      • Supervisor: Drew Gray
      • Student: Laura Bakker
      • Project Title: Learning through Social Media.
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Moulton College
      • Supervisor: Louise Dentith
      • Student: Eleyse Tuck
      • Project Title: The Opportunities for Skill Development in Tutorials for Higher Education Equine Studies. 
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Moulton College
      • Supervisor: Wanda McCormick
      • Student: Sophie Goffin
      • Project Title: The use of practical classes to underpin theoretical principles. 
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Social Sciences (Sociology)
      • Supervisor: Colleen McNeil-Walsh
      • Student: Danielle Rowley
      • Project Title: An evaluation of the academic poster as a form of assessment for first year Sociology students at University of Northampton.
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Science and Technology (Software Engineering)
      • Supervisor(s): Mark Johnson & Rob Davis
      • Student: Mike Speed
      • Project Title: Enhancing the student experience by providing technologies that support learning outside of traditional teaching hours.
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Library and Learning Services
      • Supervisor: Rob Howe
      • Student: Penelope Stanton
      • Project Title: Transition Out (TO?)
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Library and Learning Services
      • Supervisor: Julie Usher
      • Student: Suad Abdinasir
      • Project Title: MALT (Mobile Access to Learning and Teaching).
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Health (Sport & Exercise)
      • Supervisor(s): Jim Lusted & Rob Farmer
      • Student: Ugo Ejemba
      • Project Title: Engaging students in assessments through the use of Collaborative Assessed Wikis (CAWs).
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Social Sciences (Psychology)
      • Supervisor: Roz Phillips
      • Student: Luke Connor
      • Project Title: The Burden of Responsibility: Potential Negative Impacts of Mentoring on the Mentors.
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Social Sciences (Psychology)
      • Supervisor: Roz Phillips
      • Student: Kirsty Frearson
      • Project Title: Dealing with Setbacks: Developing a Greater Understanding of Academic Buoyancy in University Students.
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Social Sciences (History)
      • Supervisor(s): Jon Stobart & Matthew McCormack
      • Student: Sheila Lloyd
      • Project Title: Rethinking ‘primary sources’ for History.
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Arts (Dance)
      • Supervisor(s): Matt Gough & Charlotte Nichol
      • Student: Mary O’Brien
      • Project Title: Pedagogy of mediated performance.
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Arts (Dance)
      • Supervisor: Jane Bacon
      • Student: Sophie Ann Herbert
      • Project Title: Articulation strategies for writing from and about dance and performance practice. 
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Social Sciences (Centre for Children & Youth)
      • Supervisor: John Horton
      • Student: Charlotte Hymers
      • Project Title: Impacts of student debt for teaching/learning. 
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Library and Learning Services
      • Supervisor(s): Charlotte Heppell & Joanne Farmer
      • Student: Luke McCormack
      • Project Title: The student experience of patron driven e-books at The University of Northampton.
      • Output: Poster presentation
      • School: Library and Learning Services
      • Supervisor(s): Hannah Rose & Gillian Siddall
      • Student: Emma Rowling
      • Project Title: An exploratory study looking into the first year undergraduate student experience of reading lists.
      • Output: Poster presentation

      Projects 2010-11

      • School: Social Sciences (Psychology)
      • Supervisor: Dr Roz Phillips
      • Student(s): Louise Jemmet & Emma Nickolson
      • Project Title: Students supporting students
      • Output: Poster presented at Learning Global Conference, Northampton (2011).
      • School: Science & Technology (Computing)
      • Supervisor: Dr Scott Turner
      • Student: Kumuditha Kariyawasam
      • Project Title: Is it visual? Problem solving evaluation. 
      • Output: Poster presented at Learning Global Conference, Northampton (2011).
      • School: Learning & Teaching
      • Supervisor: Rob Farmer
      • Student: Esther Adebowale
      • Project Title: E-portfolios & International Students
      • Output: Poster presented at Learning Global Conference, Northampton (2011).
      • School: Moulton College (Equine Studies)
      • Supervisor: Louise Dentiith 
      • Student: Kathryn Owen
      • Project Title: Assessment feedback to HE Equine students.
      • Output: Poster presented at Learning Global Conference, Northampton (2011).
      • School: information Services
      • Supervisor: Chris Powis
      • Student: Hannah Mayston
      • Project Title: ‘We always come here’: the social & emotional in student choice of learning space.
      • Output: Poster presented at Learning Global Conference, Northampton (2011).
      • School: Business
      • Supervisor: Helen Ure
      • Student(s): Ben Rogers & Harry Paul
      • Project Title: Enhancing Postgraduate Work Experience.
      • Output: Poster presented at Learning Global Conference, Northampton (2011).
      • School: Business
      • Supervisor: Anne-Marie McGillon
      • Student(s): Laura Motlin & Sasha Hanratty
      • Project Title: Undergraduate perceptions of employability.
      • Output: Poster presented at Learning Global Conference, Northampton (2011).
      • School: Social Sciences (Psychology)
      • Supervisor: Dr Rachel Maunder
      • Student: Emma Sibbald
      • Project Title: Exploring Students’ social relationships.
      • Output: Poster presented at Learning Global Conference, Northampton (2011).
      • School: Learning & Teaching/Widening Participation
      • Supervisor(s): Rohini Corfield & Dr John Butcher
      • Student: Selin Sanli
      • Project Title: Why WP Students withdraw? The mature experience.
      • Output: Poster presented at Learning Global Conference, Northampton (2011) & WP Seminar.

      Projects 2009-10

      • School: Social Sciences (History)
      • Supervisor: Dr Matthew McCormack
      • Student: Hayley Mackenzie
      • Project Title: Seminar participation: a student perspective.
      • Output: Poster presented at Learning Dialogues Conference, Northampton (2010)
      • School: Business/ Information Services
      • Supervisor: Rachel Fitzgerald
      • Student: Andrew Hodrien
      • Project Title: Evaluating the real benefits of the induction process.
      • Output: Report to L& T Committee.
      • School: Learning & Teaching, Social Sciences, Education
      • Supervisor: Dr John Butcher
      • Student: Adeniyi Adedotun
      • Project Title: Inclusive assessment.
      • Output: Article (2010) ‘How might inclusive approaches to assessment enhance student learning in HE?’ Enhancing the Learning Experience in Higher Education, 2, (1). Poster presented at HEA Seminar.

      Projects 2008-09

        • School: Social Sciences (Psychology)
        • Supervisor: Dr Rachel Maunder
        • Student(s): Jenine Rogers & Jessica Gingham
        • Project Title: Transition in higher education: Exploring the Psychology student experience.
        • Output: Conference paper presented at BPS Education (2009) Journal paper published in ‘Psychology of Education Review’.
        • School: Social Sciences (History)
        • Supervisor: Dr Matthew McCormack
        • Student: Paul Siwecka
        • Project Title: Reading and class preparation.
        • Output: Poster presented at Transitions Learning & Teaching Conference, Northampton (2009)
        • School: Education/ Learning & Teaching
        • Supervisor: Dr John Butcher
        • Student: Martin Willis
        • Project Title: Evaluating the impact of the University’s PGCTHE.
        • Output: Conference paper presented at SRHE, Newport (2009) “It’s made me braver”: the PGCert on HE Teachers

      Dissemination

      Poster Presentation Event

      The culmination of the URB@N scheme for each year is a poster presentation session. Students are asked to produce an academic poster about their research project. Copies of previous posters are available under Previous Projects.

      National Conferences

      Previous URB@N projects have lead to a number of presentations at national conferences. Some of these have involved the students presenting along with their academic supervisor. In other cases, the findings from the URB@N projects have contributed to larger ongoing research which has been presented.

      Examples have included:

      • British Psychological Society Psychology of Education Section Conference
      • ALT Conference
      • Aim Higher event
      • Employer Engagement event

      Publications and presenations about URB@N

      The URB@N scheme at UoN has been disseminated at various national and international events. This has included:

      • RAISE Conference
      • HEA/Advance HE events
      • Students as Partners events
      • ISSOTL