The impact and usefulness of STC2016 will be investigated as part of an exciting research collaboration between Dr Caroline Douglas of SHES and Professor Graham Scott and, Dr Katharine Hubbard from the Bioscience Education Research Group.
The University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy is heavily focused towards providing a research-rich learning environment. Specifically, the strategy aims to provide learning activities that mirror those in which its academic staff undertake research, scholarship and enquiry. Arguably one of the most frequently used channels for exchange of information is the ‘conference’. In academia, the conference provides a forum to present the latest ideas, engage in discussion and network with peers. For University academic staff, conference activity is often considered as the most rewarding and stimulating components of the role; yet this activity is not typically mirrored in the learning environment. Due to its unique status, the present research seeks to explore the function of STC as a tool for student assessment, learning and enhancing employability.
The research will be further supported by an intern recruited to the project as part of a University of Hull/Faculty of Science and Engineering paid internship scheme to provide 2015 graduates who are still unemployed and tied to the local region with CV enhancing work opportunities.