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eSTEeM Projects

eSTEeM is providing a mechanism for professional development through practice-based scholarship within a mentored community. Much of our work is organised on a project basis with project management aimed at the delivery of new educational outcomes and scholarship outputs. 

eSTEeM supports a rolling portfolio of approx. 80 active scholarship projects under a number of themes which include:

  • Innovative assessment
  • International curriculum delivery
  • Online/onscreen STEM practice
  • STEM engagement
  • Supporting students
  • Technologies for STEM learning

To learn more about our projects, please click on the project titles or use the search feature below by entering keywords. To search by the name of a project leader, please use the 'Filter by Project Leader' tab on the right-hand side of this page.

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    Factors influencing female participation in Physical Science Postgraduate Research Programmes

  1. Clare RegerMark BowdenAnne-Marie Gallen
  2. The aim of this project was to conduct a scoping study into why lower numbers of female graduates choose nuclear fusion Ph.D.s relative to other physical sciences. This is a particularly nuanced study as we are considering the nuclear fusion research pathway in comparison to other STEM routes.

    April 2019 to February 2022

    Developing students and tutors perceptions of good mathematical communication on level one service mathematics module MU123: an investigation

  3. Sally CrightonAndrew PotterGerry Golding
  4. The project addresses the issue of good mathematical communication for level one mathematics students.

    April 2019 to December 2021

    Evaluating a new STEM AL induction programme

  5. Hannah GauciJanette Wallace
  6. Highly Commended at the 5th eSTEeM Scholarship Projects of the Year Awards 2022.

    October 2019 to July 2021

    Do they know what they are doing? A review of IT use by prison-based students

  7. Nigel Gibson
  8. The university works with approximately 1,5000 students in prison each year. These students have limited access to information technologies (IT) and two primary IT needs; to actively study; working with screen-based materials and activities, and to write assignments.

    October 2019 to October 2022

    Accessibility and inclusion in tuition (AccIT)

  9. Rachel SlaterAnne CampbellElaine McPherson
  10. The AccIT project has four main aims:

    January 2020 to December 2022

    Disseminating inclusive field teaching – sharing resources and practices across disciplines and institutions

  11. Trevor CollinsSarah Davies
  12. This project aims to promote inclusive teaching and learning across the field-based STEM disciplines. This will involve sharing and trialling approaches developed in other disciplines or at other institutions to enable students with disabilities to participate equitably in field courses. 

    January 2020 to December 2022

    Measuring the Impact of Learning Design and Course Creation (LDCC) Workshops

  13. Tom Olney
  14. This project aims to measure the impact that professional development provided by the OU, in ‘Learning Design and Course Creation’ (LDCC), has had on:

    (a) six Belarussian HEIs and staff who participated in the BELL Project (phase 1)

    October 2019 to March 2022

    Improving and evaluating inclusivity in group project work for distance-learning engineering students

  15. Alice MoncasterHedieh Jazaeri
  16. This project is about improving inclusivity for distance-learning group projects.

    April 2021 to September 2022

    SiSE only tutor groups and the effect on SiSE students and their tutors

  17. Laura AlexanderLinda ThomsonVictoria Nicholas
  18. Normally at the Open University Students in Secure Environments (SiSE) are allocated in small numbers to standard tutor groups to form mixed groups of 20 students, of whom 1 or 2 would typically be SiSE students.

    October 2019 to October 2020

    Investigating the motivations of female students choosing an open versus named qualification

  19. Elaine McPherson
  20. The Combined STEM qualification team would like to better understand why students choose a STEM subject.

    June 2020 to June 2022