Projects

P08 Student led initiatives

Project Status: Project Closed

Benefit review to be conducted July 2014

Benefits legacy    

The project had two strands of activity. The first strand was a competition that encouraged members of the University community to submit ideas for the development of mobile applications (apps) that would enhance the experience of the Brookes community.

This strand has had several benefits including;

  • The creation of expertise and capacity within OBIS for app development, and ongoing support of this software.

  • It has demonstrated the University’s commitment to innovation that benefits its community, improving both the student and staff experience.

  • The project has developed apps that are being downloaded and used.

The second strand was the launch of the Students’ Union Teaching Awards. This project created an opportunity for students to nominate members of staff across a range of categories whom they believed were worthy of special recognition for their work. The benefits of this project included;

  • A student led approach to recognition of good academic practice, highlighting that what students value is not necessarily what is recognised by the academy as important.

  • Involvement in a national project being coordinated by the Higher Education Academy, and the National Union of Students.

  • Staff who were nominated for awards appreciated the recognition.

  • The awards are now an annual activity for Brookes Union, with this project acting as a catalyst for the implementation of the awards.

 

Project synopsis

This project is perhaps best understood as a platform from which to launch a series of micro-projects. It is intended that Project 08 will continue to run throughout the duration of the PESE but will within that timeframe have delivered a number of discrete projects that are inspired by input from the student body.

As such the project aims to engage students in the life of the University and can be derived from the following SESE principle; 4.3.5. "We will work...to design and introduce a number of student-led and extra curricular initiatives".

A key objective of the project is realising the notion of students as agents of change in a tangible and directly attributable fashion.

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The main objectives of this project are

  • The creation of a facilitative process to develop creative input from the student body into activity that enhances the student experience.
  • A minimum of two micro projects per academic year that aim to tangibly improve the Brookes Experience, whilst delivering the master projects stated benefits.

The main objective of this project is the creation of a facilitative process to develop creative input from the student body into activity that enhances the student experience.

Initiative No 1: "The Student App Competition"

This project will encourage students to submit their suggestions for an "app" that will enhance the student experience. It is assumed that the input required by the student will be relatively simple and require no technical skill in terms of the development of the app but simply that they provide the inspiration. A panel will judge the entries and select those that are to be developed into actual functional "apps".

Initiative No 2: "Students' Union Teaching Award"

This activity will invite students to nominate academic and support staff across a range of categories for an award to recognise their good practice or contribution to the student experience. The judging panel will be chaired by the Vice President of Academic Affairs, and consist of student representation from each faculty.

The Union will host an awards ceremony towards the end of the academic year to present winners in each category with their award. The Union will also be design a process to recognise all nominees.

Key project milestones

  • Key initiative 1: Brookes App Competition launched (19 March 2012)
  • Key initiative 1: Brookes App Competition close date (30 March 2012)
  • Key initiative 1: Brookes App Competition: Apps launched (December 2012)
  • Key initiative 2: Students' Union Teaching Awards awareness campaign (December 2012)
  • Key initiative 2: Students' Union Teaching Awards nominations open (January 2013)
  • Key initiative 2: Students' Union Teaching Awards awards event (April 2013)

WHO TO CONTACT

Project Sponsor David Whittingham Brookes Union - Chief Executive

Project Lead Brookes App Competition Ben Barry OBIS - Head of Business Partnerships

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