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eSTEeM is providing a mechanism for professional development through practice-based scholarship within a mentored community. Much of our work is organised on a project basis with project management aimed at the delivery of new educational outcomes and scholarship outputs. 

eSTEeM supports a rolling portfolio of approx. 80 active scholarship projects under a number of themes which include:

  • Access, Participation and Success
  • Innovative assessment
  • Online/onscreen STEM practice
  • Supporting students
  • Technologies for STEM learning

To learn more about our projects, please click on the project titles or use the search feature below by entering keywords. To search by the name of a project leader, please use the 'Filter by Project Leader' tab on the right-hand side of this page.

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    Engineering qualifications at the OU – what motivates women to study?

  1. Carol MorrisSally Organ
  2. Winner of the 3rd Best Poster Competition at the 7th eSTEeM Annual Conference, 25-26 April 2018.

    May 2017 to October 2019

    Sonification partial pilot on M140

  3. Karen VinesChris Hughes
  4. Sonifications are audio representations of graphs, and as such are an ‘alternative format’ which could be used to improve accessibility of module materials.

    May 2017 to April 2018

    Engaging stakeholders as experts in the trial and evaluation of Disability Language Guidance

  5. Elaine McPhersonKate Lister
  6. To support inclusive and equitable study, universities often categorise students as ‘disabled’ for them to access specific support for their studies and require them to engage with terms such as ‘disclosing a disability’ and ‘reasonable adjustments’.

    February 2019 to August 2021

    Evaluating the accessibility of an alternative format of module materials in Maths & Stats

  7. Chris Hughes
  8. Winner of the 3rd eSTEeM Scholarship Projects of the Year Awards 2020 under the category - Enhancing the Student Experience.

    January 2019 to February 2020

    Factors influencing female participation in Physical Science Postgraduate Research Programmes

  9. Clare RegerMark BowdenAnne-Marie Gallen
  10. The aim of this project was to conduct a scoping study into why lower numbers of female graduates choose nuclear fusion Ph.D.s relative to other physical sciences. This is a particularly nuanced study as we are considering the nuclear fusion research pathway in comparison to other STEM routes.

    April 2019 to February 2022

    Do they know what they are doing? A review of IT use by prison-based students

  11. Nigel Gibson
  12. The university works with approximately 1,5000 students in prison each year. These students have limited access to information technologies (IT) and two primary IT needs; to actively study; working with screen-based materials and activities, and to write assignments.

    October 2019 to October 2022

    Accessibility and inclusion in tuition (AccIT)

  13. Rachel SlaterAnne CampbellElaine McPherson
  14. The AccIT project has four main aims:

    January 2020 to December 2022

    Improving and evaluating inclusivity in group project work for distance-learning engineering students

  15. Alice MoncasterHedieh Jazaeri
  16. This project is about improving inclusivity for distance-learning group projects.

    April 2021 to September 2022

    SiSE only tutor groups and the effect on SiSE students and their tutors

  17. Laura AlexanderLinda MooreVictoria Nicholas
  18. Normally at the Open University Students in Secure Environments (SiSE) are allocated in small numbers to standard tutor groups to form mixed groups of 20 students, of whom 1 or 2 would typically be SiSE students.

    October 2019 to October 2020

    Investigating the motivations of female students choosing an open versus named qualification

  19. Elaine McPhersonMary Keys
  20. UK universities (including the OU) have continued to struggle to recruit women to certain subjects within STEM despite best efforts to address this gender imbalance. In 2017, the OU introduced a ‘BSc (Hons) Combined STEM’ degree (R28) alongside its single and joint honours degrees in STEM.

    June 2020 to December 2022