Student Research Experience Placements

Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE) in collaboration with the Educational Engagement team have been supporting 9 students to deliver a supervised research experience placement (REP) throughout the summer of 2021 that will directly feed in to the deliver of the Access and Student Success Strategy 2025. The projects put emphasis on exploring aspects of the student experience through the lens of under-represented groups including, but not limited to Black and minority ethnic, mature, care leaver, Access to Leeds and Plus Programme students. Read more about the projects below.

Layla Kouara: Impact of pre-university learning for UG psychology students
This project explores the impact of learning and teaching in pre HE and progression to UG Psychology and Healthcare for minority groups, with a focus on male students as an under represented group. The project is being delivered by student researcher Layla Kouara with project supervisor Ed Sutherland from the School of Psychology.
This project explores the challenge topic of teaching maths on line. The project will investigate the effectiveness of current platforms available with a specific focus on accessibility and inclusivity. The project is being delivered by student researcher Max Hughes with project supervisor Rob Sturman from the School of Maths.
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This project will involve researching effective methods in assessment for mathematics and numerate subject areas, with a particular focus on digital assessment. with a particular focus on students from groups that are disadvantaged or under-represented in higher education. Long-term, the project’s impact will be to improve the access to, preparation for, and experience of, students from disadvantaged or under-represented groups in higher education.  the project is being delivered by student researcher Yvonne Lai with project supervisor Samantha Pugh from the School of Physics and Astronomy.
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This project explores the important interrelationship between reading lists, decolonisation and student success. Outputs will link to a wider project on the role that can be played by reading lists in promoting and facilitating the University of Leeds’ Decolonising Framework. The project is being delivered by student researcher is Estaa Nyeko-Lacek with project supervisor Nina Wardleworth from the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies.
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This project will explore the colonial history of the University. The findings of this very topical research will feed in to a number of areas of activity across the University including the development of decolonisation principles, the Equality and Inclusion Framework and the Access and Student Success Strategy. The project is being delivered by student research Naomi Eluwa with project supervisor Iyiola Solanke from the School of Law.
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This project will explore how and where faith, religion or belief is recognised by the university, including in key policy documents, how any commitments to recognising faith, religion or belief are enacted in institutional practice, as well as how students experience this, including relationships with staff and other students. The project is being delivered by student researcher Hunayda Abdulmula with project supervisor Jacqueline Stevenson from the Lifelong Learning Centre.
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This research placement links to a wider set of activities which aim to create and apply an evidence base to widen participation in postgraduate study and research. It will form a basis for original research to underpin University of Leeds actions to recruit and support under-represented UK taught postgraduates and postgraduate researchers as part of the Access and Student Success Strategy. The project is being delivered by student researcher Penelope Sucharitkul with project supervisor Luke Windsor.
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This project will draw upon the wealth of stories and lived experiences from the diverse community that makes up the University of Leeds. It feeds in to the very topical work of the Belonging@Leeds group and will illustrate the importance of belonging for individuals and evidence good practice in building community. This project is being delivered by Hope Hutchinson with project supervisor Bridgette Bewick.
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This project is supporting a wider project exploring wellbeing in the curriculum. Evidence suggests that wellbeing is directly linked to a sense of belonging and the project has gathered data from students and staff across campus that will provide insights in to how approaches to teaching and learning contribute to community building and ultimately student success. This project is being delivered by Mike Kerr with project supervisor Bridgette Bewick.
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If you would like to know about the projects, or how the placements work please contact LITE@leeds.ac.uk.