Research

STUDENT EXPERIENCES IN STEM DEGREES (SESTEM)

Funded by the University of Reading (2018-2021)

The Student Experiences in STEM (SESTEM) project aims to better understand the experiences of undergraduate students in STEM degrees, especially those who self-consider as from ‘Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic’ (BAME) backgrounds. The long-term goal is to understand and eventually develop strategies or resources to reduce the BAME attainment gap at university. The project began in October 2018 and will run for three years, collecting up to 90 interviews and 180 termly journals from undergraduate STEM students.

MAPPING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE IDEAL UNIVERSITY STUDENT (idealstudent.org)

Funded by British Academy/Leverhulme Trust (2017-2019)

This project aims to unveil the characteristics of the ‘ideal’ university learner from the perspectives of students and staff in higher education. By understanding how the ‘ideal’ learner is constructed in specific contexts, expectations of students will be made more explicit and transparent, which are central to inclusive and diverse learning and teaching practices.  For more information, click here.

COMPUTING EDUCATION IN ENGLAND

With Peter Kemp and Miles Berry

Understanding participation and outcomes of the secondary computing curriculum in England, especially at GCSE and A-level. Read our 2018 report here

CAREER READINESS OF UNDERGRADUATES

Pilot studies

Two small initiatives underway to explore the career readiness of undergraduate students for life after university, especially for the employment market.

SCIENCE CAPITAL AND ASPIRATIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE

Part of ASPIRES and Enterprising Science projects at UCL & KCL

Young people’s engagement, aspiration and attainment in science, including differences in their experiences and identities by gender, social class and ethnicity. For more information, click here

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