Showing posts from February, 2013

Girls into Physics and Engineering – Northamptonshire

The following is reposted from The Royal Aeronautical Society - news blog:

Radio 4 has just released a list of the100 most powerful women in the UK. However, the list highlights gaps, for example in the military, and it also seemed lacking in the fields of physics and engineering. This under-representation is not new and the fact that it is reflected across the aviation and aerospace sectors, at all levels, has been recognised by the RAeS for some time. So in 2009, theRAeS Women in Aerospace Committee (WAAC)was formed, with a remit to start looking at and addressing this issue. Women offer a wealth of skills that would help address the major challenges that the aviation and aerospace sectors face and so, increasing female representation in aviation and aerospace would not only be good for women, but for business. Hence part of the RAeS WAAC’s Mission is ‘To work to increase the number …

Rubbish – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle into toys!

Taken directly from Rubbish – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle into toys! Lab13 at Irchester (@Lab_13Irchester)

Waleed and Jacob searching for goodies! Year 5 students at Irchester have been working on a very exciting project with the Dept. of Waste Management, University of Northampton. Dr. Waleed Montasser and Louise Maxwell, and Bianca, Evie and Livia (Brazilian visiting students) work alongside our Year 5s to design, plan, resource and make different Science Takeaways all using reusable and recycled materials. Science Takeaways will be a set of four science kits with different experiments for children to borrow for the weekend and try at home. They will collect data or test hypotheses and add to the kit if they think of some new way of using it. However, we wanted to keep these takeaways as reusable and “green” as possible and didn’t want to spend a lot of money making them! Waleed had the gre…

updated: what is open Northampton?

The aim is for Northampton to feature prominently on the global OER map within two years lead by Professor+Alejandro Armellini with support from Professor Megan Quentin-Baxter.

More details of the bid can be found at:

"Proposal / Executive SummaryThe aim is for [The University of] Northampton to feature prominently on the global OER-OEP map within the next 24 months.This presence will be achieved by:Stakeholder engagement with OER and OEP across the institution -enabled by top-down and bottom-up approaches, dissemination of evidence and good practice and exemplar OER-enhanced courses.Practice. (a) Promotion and facilitation of course design and development through the use of open resources, adapted or repurposed as appropriate. (b) Materials produced by Northampton academics to undergo a peer-review, copyright and quality assurance process, then licensed under an appropri…

Enhancing STEM Public Engagement Skills

Ed Drewitt, know for his involvement with the Bristol Dinosaur Project, University of Bristol ( and Nicholas Garrick from Director of Lighting up Learning Limited ( ) facilitated a lively, interactive and very fun CPD session on Public Engagement with Primary schools at the school of Science and Technology, University of Northampton, UK on 8th February 2013.

The audience was made of undergraduates, research students and staff from across the The University of Northampton (and also a colleague from the Open University). All came together to look at how they could offer their ideas for activities or outcomes of their research (not matter what their research area) to schools in general . Feedback from talking to participants was very positive; with a great number of student-lead potential activities being discussed in groups and some staff considering how some of their research may be used as outreach activities.

For me the tak…

STEM networking event

Our next University STEM networking event will be a lively, interactive session given by Ed Drewitt, famous for his Bristol Dinosaur Project ( and Nicholas Garrick from Lighting up Learning Limited ( )
Both are trained practitioners and highly regarded in their field of expertise.
Friday 8 February 2013
Newton  Avenue Campus, University of Northampton, UK
1.15pm Tea and Coffee1.30 start5.00pm finish
The session builds on recognition that many scientists do not have the skills to interact effectively with school students (especially Key Stage 1 - 3 pupils). The aim of the session is: students, PhD students and STEM academics to be more involved with public engagement activities and to create and share a range of materials for workshops in primary schools.
This is a must for all STEM Ambassadors or those interested in improving their skills and techniques in public engagement and we encourage to you come to this free workshop.


Call for papers: The future of learning and teaching in Higher Education

Enhancing the Learner Experience in Higher Education (ELEHE)Call for papers:The future of learning and teaching in Higher EducationELEHE is an open-access international peer-reviewed online journal, enthusiastically addressing the challenge of enhancing learning in Higher Education. The journal seeks to explore innovations which impact on student learning, and to share effective practice across different contexts. It aims to enhance the student experience of learning by an engaged commitment to the student voice.

The deadline for submissions for the next edition under the theme of 'The future of learning and teaching in Higher Education' is 1st March 2013.

However, we welcome papers at all times.
Details about the journal focus and scope, along with author guidelines can be found here

ISSN: 2041-3122
Journal and submission details can be found at

How do students use technology after graduating ?

Taken from: How do students use technology after graduating ? How could they use technology to improve their prospects ?byonJANUARY 23, 2013 · LEAVE A COMMENT · inLEARNTECH NEWSPROJECTS Introduction and Overview Transition Out (TO?) was a six month intensive investigation (Jan – June 2012) funded as part of the URB@N project looking at how students want to use (or are already using) technology which will assist as they look towards completing their course and moving into employment or other future opportunities. This could be any type of technology ranging from mobile devices, social networking and cloud services. Students may not realise that the activities they are doing will assist with their transitions – they might be actively collaborating with peers (Ellison et al, 2007), using time management or planning tools, or generally enhancing their skills and experience using a…

Using A Wiki to select undergraduate projects

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This case study talks about a Wiki in NILE which was used to help podiatry students select their undergraduate dissertation project. The main aims of this pilot were to see if there was a more efficient way to allocate dissertation topics. “Easiest thing I have ever used ! Didn’t even have to think twice about how to use it” Student Comment Full Case study detail (case study, PDF 495KB) All Student Comments (case study, PDF 324KB) Tagged with:  •  • 

Using Skype for undergraduate dissertation tutorials

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This case study describes using Skype in undergraduate dissertation tutorials The main aim of this pilot was to allow students attending a University based undergraduate degree course (BSc( Hons) podiatry) the option of either face to face contact or the use of Skype for a tutorial on their undergraduate dissertation. Full Case study detail (case study, PDF 496KB) All Student Comments (case study, PDF 171KB)