MPhil / PhD Studentship To Critically Evaluate The Impact Of The Develop@Derby Personal Skills Development Programme.


   College of Arts, Humanities and Education

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  Dr Ruth Larson, Dr Emma Hyde  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Develop@Derby is a key enabler for the University’s strategic priorities around learning & teaching, in particular our institution’s Curriculum Design Framework, which sets out the requirement for programmes to be designed with consideration of four themes, including Scaffolding Personal Development.

Develop@Derby launched in September 2022, with the aim of providing a co-ordinated model that harmonised the range of institutional support and scaffolding for development of skills and attributes, to ensure graduates are successful through the university, and as they embark on their chosen future.

This project will critically evaluate the impact of the Develop@Derby personal skills development programme. A mixed methods approach would be used to evaluate the impact of the Develop@Derby skills development programme, and to make recommendations for maximising its potential.

Phase 1 of this project will be to undertake a scoping exercise to ascertain what other types of personal skills development programmes are available in other institutions, nationally and internationally. Attention will need to be paid to how such programmes are used, and how different learner needs are met. Consideration will also need to be given to how discipline specific materials are packaged within such programmes, and how the role of the personal academic tutor (or equivalent) is integrated.

Phase 2 of this project will critically evaluate the impact of Develop@Derby using quantitative data (from the Graduate Outcomes Survey, student attainment data and student progression data), and combining this with qualitative data from stakeholder analysis (collected using focus groups with students, academic staff, and professional service staff). This mixed-methods approach would yield rich data which can be triangulated to provide a critical evaluation of the current success of Develop@Derby.

Phase 3 of the project will involve the development of a set of recommendations to maximise the potential of the Develop@Derby offer, embed it as the core personal skills development programme for the institution and implement measures that allow for the ongoing monitoring of impact of Develop@Derby on student success, including graduate outcomes, student attainment and student continuation.

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Funding Notes

£18,622 stipend per year (for 3 years) plus UK Home tuition fees (£4,712)

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