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Vertically Integrated Projects

Vertically Integrated Projects (VIPs) are innovative research-based projects that enable students and staff to collaborate on long-term real-world issues.

Our VIP students come from a range of disciplines or fields and from across year groups, enabling more experienced students to support other team members, and allowing everyone involved to work closely with researchers or senior staff. VIP teams are led by one or more academic directors.

The VIP concept was created by Professor Ed Coyle at Georgia Tech, but has since extended to around 70 HE institutions all over the world. The University of Bath is the first university in England to develop its own VIP programme.

In 2020/21, 150 students took part in VIPs at the University of Bath. Our nine project teams were led by 12 academic members of staff.

VIPS are currently extra curricular but some departments are including credit bearing VIPs in their curriculum through curriculum transformation.

About our VIP Projects

'I enjoyed meeting like-minded people and it gives me hope that the University will meet climate targets.' — VIP student, 2020/21

VIP students have an opportunity to make a difference to the world around them. VIP teams at the University of Bath work proactively on issues related to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at global and local community levels.

Find out more about projects which are currently running.

Information for students

Our VIPs are open to all undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students from across all courses.

Getting involved in a VIP is particularly beneficial for those students not undertaking a work placement year. VIPs offer an opportunity to gain applied learning experiences and professional skills. Please note that priority will be given to those students not undertaking a work placement year.

Find out more about how to apply.

Take a look at our student blogs to read more about students’ experiences of working in a VIP team.

Information for staff

We are seeking to develop more VIPs to meet growing student demand. Please do get in touch if you would like to find out about what’s involved and how you can participate in the initiative.

Please contact Stephanie Kamffer or Jo Hatt for more information.

You may find it useful to watch our latest VIP Information Session for Staff (April, 2021) to find out more about VIPs here at the University of Bath.

Watch our VIP Student Presentations (December 2021) to find out more about some of our existing projects.

External organisations

There may be the opportunity for external organisations to contribute to existing or new VIPs. Please contact Emily Richards if you would like to find out more.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about Vertically Integrated Projects at the University of Bath, please contact the VIP Team by email.