Autumn 2007
ISSN 1477-1241

Successful Funding Bids

‘Every Student Counts’: Promoting Numeracy and Enhancing Employment

There has been mounting concern in recent years on the part of universities and employers concerning the decline in numerical competency of undergraduate students. ‘Every Student Counts’: Promoting Numeracy and Enhancing Employment is a major three-year project addressing undergraduate numerical skills. The project is a collaborative one between the University of Central Lancashire, Manchester Metropolitan University and Sheffield Hallam University and is one of only nine out of 82 submissions to have been successful in a nationwide competition under new funding arrangements for the National Teaching Fellowship scheme. It has been awarded £200,000.

The key objectives of the research are to assemble empirical data on the nature and level of numerical knowledge and skills among undergraduates, to identify and evaluate current practices in the teaching and assessment of numeracy, and to make recommendations for changes to the curricula that will enhance the employability of students. The major focus of the research will be on history and will involve in-depth studies of provision in the collaborating institutions as well as an examination of what is being done in history departments both nationally and internationally. Professor David Nicholls of the History Department at MMU will manage the national and international dimensions, by far the most extensive area of research and analysis within the project. In-depth analyses of the provision in bioscience and business studies will be undertaken within UCLAN and will act as comparators to the broader research in history.

 

HEA Funding

Claire Hamshire, a Fellow in Academic Practice in the Professional Registration Division at Gaskell has been successful in obtaining funding from the HEA subject Centre for Health Sciences and Practice, under their ‘Mini-project’ scheme. The award, just under £5000, will be used to develop a blended integrated induction programme for the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy and to evaluate uptake and impact of the new integrated induction materials, particularly in relation to student retention and progression. Working with Claire on the project team are Rod Cullen (CeLT), Mark Langan (SLTF, S and E), Rosie Jones (Library Service) and Jess Bahn (Students’ Union). The project will last 12 months.