Since 2019/20, the University of Bath have been developing Vertically Integrated Projects (VIPs), which are innovative research and applied learning projects that enable inter-disciplinary, multi-level teams of students to work with a member of academic staff on long-term real-world projects. The University of Bath is the first University in England to develop VIPs.
VIPs are an attempt to create sustainable, research-engaged communities of staff and students - both undergraduate and postgraduate - who work collaboratively on live projects. Our students come from a range disciplines or fields and from across year groups, enabling more experienced students to support other student 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 2021/22, 160 students took part in VIPs at the University of Bath. Our eleven project teams were led by 16 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
Hear from the University of Bath students, academics, and members of staff, as well as industry employers as they reflect on the development of Vertically Integrated Projects (VIPs) at the University of Bath.
'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.
Take a look at the VIP end of Semester 2 Posters. The posters were showed at EduFest 2022 our annual Learning & Teaching Conference.
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.
VIP projects offer students the opportunity to:
- Make a difference or make an impact
- Demonstrate their enthusiasm for your subject and its application
- Develop skills prioritised by employers, e.g. collaboration, negotiation and creativity
- Develop ideas for a project and improve research skills
- Innovate and use their imagination to create change
If you have any questions about VIPs, or about making an application, please email the VIP Team.
Please note: priority will be given to those students not undertaking a work placement year, as a means of providing other students with applied learning experiences and professional skills.
How to Apply
Applications are now open for Semester 2 2022/23. If you are interested in applying, please complete this application form. Applications will close on 31st January 2023
Interested in finding out more before you apply? Find out more by viewing a recent information session held for students in June 2022, an information session will be held in in person on Tuesday 10th January 2023, sign up to attend here.
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.
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.
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.
Beyond Bath: the VIP experience
New Project idea
Do you have an idea and would like more advice or have an excellent idea but do not have an Academic Lead, please complete this new project information form the VIP team will respond with advice and direct interested Academics to potential projects.