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Science and Technology Research in Pedagogy (STRiPe)

The University of Northampton's STRiPe group brings together academic members of staff who are interested research on various aspects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning and teaching. Academic staff involved currently in this research group are:Dr Jonathan AdamsGary HillProfessor Phil PictonDr Scott TurnerDr Mark JohnsonRashmi DravidJohn Sinclair For more information or interested in being involved please contact Dr Scott Turner.  Example Publications: Turner S and Hill G (2010) "Innovative use of Robots and Graphical Programming in Software Education" 6th China Europe International Symposium on Software Industry Oriented Education (CEISIE2010) Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’anDuncan A and Dravid R (2010) "Soft skills for scientists; not a soft option" Learning Dialogues: Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Northampton 13th May 2010Turner S(2009) " PowerPoint, but what else?"10th Higher Education Aca…

Five out of Five: Bidding success for Widening Participation and Access.

The School of Science and Technology, University of Northampton has recently being awarded by the University over £20 000 for  five projects related to widening participation or widening access for those who may not have considered going to university.

Four out of five of the projects include providing opportunities for girls in both primary and secondary schools to meet female students and role models from Computing and Engineering. In four out of five of the projects the employability and engagement in STEM subject of current and future female student was central to the activity.


Taking engineering related into Primary schools.Support for on campus engineering activities that encourage women into engineering.A mixture of academic staff and university student-lead activities to encourage FE students into computing with inspirational Professional women Speakers and workshop facilitatorsActivities to encourage women into computing run in partnership with the University's Department f…

Reflective report on the work of the HEA Summit Initiative/Project (2009-10) on Raising BME Attainment

1.Abstract of Work of the Project
Activities that were completed: ·Establishing baseline data (see Appendix) ·Data on BME (employability) mentoring scheme (see Appendix) ·The University adopted a high-level performance indicator on BME attainment as part of its Academic Strategy in December 2009, following suggestions made by the project team to Prof. Peter Bush, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic) ·Funding to support the formation of “Padare” group and mentoring scheme for BME students on social work course
Activities that are continuing: ·Qualitative research into BME success (expected to be completed by the end of March 2010). Results likely to be published shortly afterwards with recommendations for future action ·Monitoring of a BME (Black African) student support group in social work (“Padare”). Base-line data (for 2009) on attainment of Black-African Social Work students is being obtained. Over the next 3 years this information will be monitored to ascertain if the support group has an effe…

Your Degree in Computing: Making it Work

New Personal Development Portfolio (PDP) resources developed collaboratively between the Rashmi Dravid (Computing, School of Science and Technology) and Andrea Duncan (DELTAE) has been launched.

This project build on a previous collaboration of Andrea and Jonathan Adams (Engineering, School of Science and Technology) into PDP for engineering students; the HEA Engineering Subject Centre funded Engineering Your Workplace Advantage (http://pdp.northampton.ac.uk/engineering/index.html)  .A 'student-friendly' feature of both projects is that web-design was carried out by a student.

The resource Your Degree in Computing: Making it Work provides materials that are designed to help computing students: Link work placement and academic studyBe aware of skills gained through specific study activities, and how they are relevant elsewhereImprove planning, problem-solving and presentation skills Think actively about  personal and academic development, in relation to your future as a profess…