Serious Play

Fadoua Govaerts, a doctoral student from the Department of Education, is a member of a staff and student group that set up a seminar series aiming to promote a positive research culture. As part of this series, Fadoua created a Lego and research methodologies workshop for doctoral students.

The workshop used Lego to improve critical, problem solving and creative thinking skills. The workshop was then incorporated into the wider Doctoral Skills programme available to all doctoral students later in the year.

The scheme funding was used to pay for Lego kits to deliver the workshops.

Trainee Led Inclusivity Group

This is a student and staff group co-created and co-led by trainees on the Doctorate of Clinical Psychology programme. The aim of this project was to create a safe and reflective space for trainees to discuss equality, diversity, and inclusivity issues. The group organise staff and guest speakers to attend their monthly meetings to talk about their ED&I specialist area. These talks encourage the group to explore ED&I issues in their field and to reflect on how trainees can use power and privilege to reflect change in the systems that they work within.

The group has been running for over a year and built a community for trainees to connect and discuss important societal and social issues. Topics have included:

  • Class in Clinical Psychology
  • Cross-cultural conceptualisations of mental health difficulties
  • How to being Equality and Diversity and inclusive practices into your work and career

The scheme funding has been used to pay for guest speakers to further inform the TLIG’s discussions and reflections. The group have been able to secure departmental funding to continue their good work.

Bath Black Engineering and Science Society

The society was created with an aim to connect and develop a community for Black engineering and science students across the two faculties. The student committee members have hosted events with an emphasis on wellbeing and mental health, networking, and skills development. This project continues to work to create a safe space for communication, and through liaising with the relevant EDI Teams and Faculty groups, to create further systemic change to improve student experience. This will also hopefully contribute to the University's ongoing work of decolonising the curriculum.

The scheme funding is being used to pay for external speakers, refreshments at networking events, and student prizes.

Chemical Engineering Research Skills Development Network

Sessions every two months aim to bring doctoral students in the Chemical Engineering research community together and provide an opportunity to develop and discuss good practice in research. Training sessions and discussion seminars with invited speakers have so far covered skills including scientific writing, thesis structure and delivering presentations.

The scheme funding has been used to pay for travel expenses for guest speakers and refreshments at events.

AAPS Annual Conference 2023

The aim of this conference is to celebrate student work, and share exciting industry research from across the mobility and transport sectors. It will engage students from all faculties, encouraging them to consider the transdisciplinary-nature of their work and thus appreciate the research community as one at the University of Bath. The conference is being organised by a student committee from the CDT.

The scheme funding will be used to pay for research poster printing, prizes for student speakers, a photographer, catering, as well as travel and accommodation expenses for guest speakers.