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
Online/onscreen STEM practice
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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Karen Vines Chris Hughes 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
Elaine McPherson Kate Lister
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
Chris Hughes Winner of the 3rd eSTEeM Scholarship Projects of the Year Awards 2020 under the category - Enhancing the Student Experience. January 2019 to February 2020
Clare Reger Mark Bowden Anne-Marie Gallen
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
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
Rachel Slater Anne Campbell Elaine McPherson
The AccIT project has four main aims:
January 2020 to December 2022
Alice Moncaster Hedieh Jazaeri
This project is about improving inclusivity for distance-learning group projects.
April 2021 to September 2022
Laura Alexander Linda Moore Victoria Nicholas
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
Elaine McPherson Mary Keys
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
Sarah Daniell Lorraine Waters
Attendance at online tutorials by LHCS students continues to be low.
May 2020 to April 2023