Community-based placements in higher education (scoping study)

Principal investigator: Rehan SHAH
Co-investigator(s): Dr. Irina Lazar (UCL) and Dr. Anne Preston (UCL)
Funding source(s): UCL Centre for Engineering Education
 Start: 30-01-2023  /  End: 31-07-2023
 Amount: £7,500
Community-based placements in engineering education have the potential to generate benefits for students, universities and communities alike and are increasingly being formally included into the curriculum, particularly at universities like UCL and QMUL that have campuses within underrepresented geographical areas in East London. This co-creational project (in conjunction with student interns) aims to generate a comprehensive state-of-the-art review of all aspects of community-based placements at undergraduate and postgraduate taught levels to benefit engineering education: how they are initiated and in what contexts, what their advantages and limitations are and their impact on employability and student experience.