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Ben Davies

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Current and past projects

The following projects are currently running through the Student Learning Associates programme.
If you have an interest in any of the projects, please get in touch with the relevant student project leader, or email


Projects during 2015/16

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International Student Association (ISA) Language Cafe

Project Leader: International Student Association

The ISA set up a Language Café allowing students from different nationalities or those who are learning new languages to practice their skills with other learners, native speakers and experts. The café was well attended (with an average of 50 attendees per session over semester 2) and participants gave excellent feedback about how useful and enjoyable the events were. The scheme will be funded by SALC in future years.

Maths SSLC Moodle Project

Project Leader: Jenny Munden

A feasibility study looking at viable alternatives to Moodle in order to identify ways for the Maths SSLC to better engage with the cohort. The budget was used for focus groups, and the project produced a report summarising recommendations which is being discussed with the SU Representation Team.

Sport & Social Sciences Guest Speakers

Annaleise Depper and James Wilson

A student-led workshop was run to research the cohort’s career interests, with relevant guest speakers then identified and invited.  The aim of this project was to explore and deliver different, more sustainable ways of connecting students with organisations and employers and to enable students to shape the type of careers advice they receive.

There were 50 attendees at the career events and student feedback was excellent, describing them as an “eye opening [event] into life after university and the various paths to a desired career” with “experienced guests that have a lot of knowledge”.

Computer Science Showcase

Olivia Ruston

Departmental talks were run allowing academics to showcase their research and reignite students’ passion for their subjects, covering the four main research areas in Computer Science: Human Computer Interaction, Mathematical Foundations, Intelligent Systems and Media Technology. There was excellent feedback from attendees, which also identified how useful it would be to run similar events in other departments.


Projects during 2014/15

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International video lecture and networking

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Project Leaders: Tom Barrett, James Drew, Alex Clarke

This project will be based in PoLIS, and seeks to host a lecture, for students and staff, with guest speakers from overseas (held over Skype). They will discuss their experiences of conflict in their respective regions. The event will be followed by informal networking amongst attendees, with refreshments.

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Project completed

Engineers without Borders

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Project Leader: Gordon Cheung

This project will look into the feasibility of implementing a national design challenge with a focus on sustainable and appropriate technology for real world problems to a second year unit in Mechanical Engineering.


The challenge is aimed at any students studying engineering, architecture, science, and international development. If you would like to see this design challenge in your course, please get in contact!
Project completed

Mechanical Engineering Speaker Series

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Project Leader: Iñigo Monreal

This project will seek to host a number of individual lectures, for students within the department. The focus will be on inspiring students, and on demonstrating the relevance of the Mechanical Engineering degree to a range of careers. The aim is to host speakers from industry.

Project completed

Sports Performance: Keynote Guest Lecture Series

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Project Leader: Eva Piatrikova

The aim of the project is to deliver a series of keynote guest lectures bridging the gap between practice and theory, in order to facilitate knowledge and learning experiences for students studying on the FdSc and BSc Sport Performance programme in the Department for Health.

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Project completed

Choosing Optional Units

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Project Leader: Aidan Stringfellow

This project will aim to hold focus groups on the type of information that enables a student to make effective choices for their optional units. It will also seek to develop a model for providing these different pieces of information in a user-friendly way. The project is currently focusing on the Departments of PoLIS and Economics.


If you would like to take part in the focus groups, and are a second year PoLIS or Economics student, we would love to hear from you. Please contact the project leader using the link above.
Project completed