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eSTEeM Projects

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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    Factors influencing female participation in Physical Science Postgraduate Research Programmes

  1. Clare RegerMark BowdenAnne-Marie Gallen
  2. 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

    Accessibility and inclusion in tuition (AccIT)

  3. Rachel SlaterAnne CampbellElaine McPherson
  4. The AccIT project has four main aims:

    January 2020 to September 2023

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

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

    April 2021 to February 2024

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

  7. Laura AlexanderLinda MooreVictoria Nicholas
  8. 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

  9. Elaine McPhersonMary Keys
  10. 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

    Evaluation of D-flag students accessibility to and use of online tutorials and forums in L2 modules

  11. Sarah DaniellLorraine Waters
  12. Attendance at online tutorials by LHCS students continues to be low.

    May 2020 to April 2023

    Investigation into running course specific taster tutorials within prisons for non-OU students

  13. Colin Blundell
  14. I am an AL in Maths and Engineering and have tutored in many prisons around the North of England. This has entailed visiting the prison education departments to see the relevant OU student.

    July 2020 to November 2023

    Understanding the mental health attainment gap in Design modules

  15. Nicole LotzMuriel Sippel
  16. Retention and attainment of students with a mental health disability on Design modules is poor compared to other qualifications in Engineering and Innovation, STEM.

    November 2020 to June 2023

    Exploring the extent of maths anxiety within the STEM Faculty at The Open University

  17. Sue Pawley
  18. Winner of the 6th Best Poster Competition at the 10th eSTEeM Annual Conference, 30 June -1 July 2021.

    November 2020 to December 2023

    Understanding the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic attainment gap at the OU by means of quantitative and qualitative data analytics

  19. Miriam FernandezMartin HlostaTracie Farrell
  20. Highly Commended at the 6th eSTEeM Scholarship Projects of the Year Awards 2023.

    November 2020 to August 2022