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  • Joint initiative with QUB Celebrated 20 th anniversary in Dec 2008 This year academic year 2009-2010 has engaged 171 students completing in module projects this semester A further 7 under graduate dissertation students are engaging with community partners re dissertation projects Jordanstown 6 Magee 36 Coleraine 125 Sports science 1 Sports studies 1 CAM 1 Criminology 2 SAP 2
  • in august 2009 QUB hosted the living knowledge Conference The 10 th anniversary living knowledge science shop network ## science shop form ## countries attended the three day conference.
  • Community development Residents association Youth groups/clubs Older peoples group disability organisations Charities working here and abroad Campaign groups Health charities. Children’s charities Not for profit arms of community organisations
  • The science shop provides real solutions for communities……………….. Students receive a project brief and along with the supervising academic help the student to determine the best methodology to undertake the work In partnership with their community partner. Is a balance of what is needed to meet the criteria of any given module balance against the needs of the commissioning group.
  • Group use the projects for internal evaluation or project evaluation to inform them on a particular issue, to provide baseline information to impact on strategic planning funding applications
  • 1 st for VDA ~ social and health care policy student at UUJ, using a volunteer feeding programme at Altnagelvin 2 nd for NICVA ~ Communication Adverting and Marketing Student @ UUJ using the opportunities of social networking and te training needed to support this. 3 rd for Disability Action ~ Final year Media arts students undertaking a joint dissertation ~ this a a creative collaboration between the students getting them to identify their individual strengths and deciding which tasks they are best suited for.
  • 1 st for NSPCC ~ final year psychology student at Magee ~ to be used by the group to inform local campaigns. 2 nd for Youth conferencing service in Omagh ~ Criminology and criminal justice student ~ used to develop educational programmes targeting teaching staff in local secondary schools 3 rd for VOYPIC ~ Post graduate dissertation project Communication and PR student ~ helping staff at VOYPIC to understand the value of developing protocols for dealing with the press to ensure a positive image of young people in care.
  • Marketing management students are undertaking a critique of marketing practises with three community organisations The Samaritans VOYPIC Out and about transport The accountant management students are looking at branding and the strengthening of this brand in local and national for a local charity Children in Crossfire The vertical students are undertaking a range of projects for social enterprises, charities and voluntary groups across Northern Ireland
  • Details shown on slide This project has been in operation for many years under the guidance of Professor Dave Eastwood. Since his retirement in September the task now falls to Max Hope and Wes Forsythe. Student who are currently undertaking this module have potentially been first and second year team members in previous years. Given the huge numbers undertaking this module this tear I am hoping that this experience will help them in undertaking this work.
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  • The science shop continues to explore opportunities for student from all disciplines. At Coleraine in the next semester I hope to have a class of students undertaking an event management module engaging with the Causeway branch of the Samaritans Helping them to plan and deliver a regional conference the Samaritans are hosting in Portrush in 2010. The Science Shop will continue to provide an opportunity for all Ulster students to practise the theory To develop new skills/ compliment their academic discipline while dealing links with community and voluntary sector Any questions
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    1. 2. The Science Shop Promoting student engagement with the community sector. Claire Mulrone
    2. 3. The Science Shop: So what is it? <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>The Science Shop is a community outreach initiative working with community groups, voluntary agencies and social enterprises across Northern Ireland. </li></ul><ul><li>The Science Shop engages students across a variety of disciplines in community based projects undertaking the work as part of their course. </li></ul><ul><li>Groups put forward ideas , students/staff provide the knowledge and together we get results for the community or voluntary partners. </li></ul>
    3. 4. The Science Shop : Why the name? <ul><li>The Science Shop is based on a Dutch model. </li></ul><ul><li>Translated from the Dutch word wetenschapswinkle. </li></ul><ul><li>Science is translated as knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>International Network of Science Shops. </li></ul>
    4. 5. The Science Shop <ul><li>Community partners include : </li></ul><ul><li>Community groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Voluntary agencies/umbrella organisations. </li></ul><ul><li>Charities local & international. </li></ul><ul><li>Social Enterprises. </li></ul>
    5. 6. The Science Shop : Projects requested.. <ul><li>Evaluation of a community service. </li></ul><ul><li>Market research. </li></ul><ul><li>Scoping exercises. </li></ul><ul><li>Policy reviews. </li></ul><ul><li>Public perception surveys. </li></ul>
    6. 7. The Science Shop : The demand for help <ul><li>Requirement of funding body. </li></ul><ul><li>Review of existing service provision. </li></ul><ul><li>Resource implications. </li></ul><ul><li>Independent evidence based project to support funding application. </li></ul><ul><li>Lobbying. </li></ul><ul><li>The Science Shop is a free resource. </li></ul>
    7. 8. The Science Shop : Engaging students! <ul><li>Request access to students. </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation: final semester 2 nd yr or 1 st semester final yr. </li></ul><ul><li>Dissertations (normally 12 to 24 weeks) </li></ul><ul><li>Module projects (12 weeks) </li></ul><ul><li>Individual engagement with students. </li></ul><ul><li>Direct negotiations with partner. </li></ul><ul><li>Completion of project. </li></ul><ul><li>Dissemination of results to partner. </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation. </li></ul>
    8. 9. The Science Shop : Completed Projects <ul><li>Managing volunteers: exploring a best practice model or the management of volunteers in Health and Social Care settings. </li></ul><ul><li>Explore online technologies in order to create a strategy for Charitable/third sector organisations in Northern Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>Design an disability educational pack to be used in primary schools. </li></ul>
    9. 10. The Science Shop : Completed Projects <ul><li>Explore the smacking controversy in Northern Ireland, recording views, attitudes and beliefs of a sample of students training in professional areas. </li></ul><ul><li>A criminological analysis into secondary school teachers’ perceptions and knowledge of restorative justice and the youth conferencing service. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a public relations strategy for the voices of young people in care. </li></ul>
    10. 11. The Science Shop : Students undertaking module projects <ul><li>Marketing Management module : Coleraine : 85 final year students. </li></ul><ul><li>Account Management and Planning module : Magee : 36 second year students. </li></ul><ul><li>Vertical Project : Coleraine : 50 final year students. </li></ul>
    11. 12. The Vertical Project <ul><li>Compulsory final year module in Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Final year student lead a science shop project </li></ul><ul><li>Project manage first and second year students. </li></ul><ul><li>First & Second year students members learn from older students. </li></ul><ul><li>Complete a Science Shop project in the first semester </li></ul><ul><li>Statistical reports provided to groups </li></ul>
    12. 13. The Vertical Project <ul><li>The Science Shop Vertical Statistics 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Final Year students 50 </li></ul><ul><li>Second year students 50 </li></ul><ul><li>First year students 50 </li></ul><ul><li>Total 150 </li></ul>
    13. 14. The Vertical Project <ul><li>Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Final Year </li></ul><ul><li>(a) project report 35% </li></ul><ul><li>(b) log book 35% </li></ul><ul><li>(c) Seminar 20% </li></ul><ul><li>(d) GANT chart / Plan 10% </li></ul><ul><li>First and second years </li></ul><ul><li>(a) Project report/seminar/reflective report </li></ul><ul><li>(b) Peer assessment </li></ul>
    14. 15. The Vertical Project <ul><li>The Science Shop Vertical Projects 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Carry out an audit with local businesses in Coleraine, determine how best to collect information needed by the Town Centre Management. </li></ul><ul><li>Explore the students perceived role of the Students Union before they attend university, across all Ulster campuses. </li></ul><ul><li>Examine how the credit crunch will affect the general publics contribution to local and international charities . </li></ul>
    15. 16. The Vertical Project <ul><li>Principles/Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Students learning from each other; Group dynamics/ leadership skills </li></ul><ul><li>Time Management/problem solving/communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Real world application </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with partners </li></ul>
    16. 17. The Science Shop Opportunities <ul><li>Broader applicability of the Vertical Project Model </li></ul><ul><li>Suitable for many subject areas </li></ul><ul><li>Increases employability/application of knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Transferable key skill development </li></ul><ul><li>Student focused learning experience </li></ul><ul><li>Group and student evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Certificate of achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Competition/Science Shop Award </li></ul>