Inspiring Learning Through Models of Engagement
The project: MUSE (Models of University and Schools Engagement) is one of twelve RCUK funded projects in the Schools and University Partnership Initiative (SUPI). Developed by Strathclyde University, it is the only SUPI project based in Scotland.
The challenge: The project aspires to enhance the school curriculum, raising aspiration and attainment by supporting pupils to develop their own research skills and generating an interest in academic enquiry. It is their hope to inspire the next generation of researchers through cutting edge and innovative research projects, and in partnership with teachers and pupils.
The purpose: The aim is to develop sustainable models for engaging pupils and teachers with university research, providing career development support and enabling the development of transferable skills as outlined in the Researcher Development Framework. MUSE also provides CPD opportunities for teachers in order to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom.
The people and partners: The Advisory Board is made up of Glasgow City Council, Education Scotland, General Teaching Council for Scotland and Glasgow Science Centre. Participating schools include Bellahouston Academy, Springburn Academy, Knightswood Secondary, Drumchapel High School and St Peter the Apostle High School.
The outcomes: MUSE are testing two sustainable models for schools engagement: one involves ongoing projects that will run and develop yearly and which are based on the Strathclyde University Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) model; and the other model is a framework for supporting shorter, curriculum-based research projects.
The impact: Qualitative evaluation has shown evidence of increased confidence, aspiration and research skills amongst participating pupils, with all schools reporting they were delighted with the project outcomes. There have also been marked benefits for researchers who are able to develop public engagement skills and raise the profile of their research to a wider audience. Teacher CPD events, including the provision of teaching materials, will further enhance teaching and learning.
This case study was published May 2015