Vertically integrated projects (VIP) @ the University of Strathclyde : how to enhance the student and staff learning experience through VIP

Bell, Irene and Johnston, Aidan and Woolmer, Cherie (2013) Vertically integrated projects (VIP) @ the University of Strathclyde : how to enhance the student and staff learning experience through VIP. In: 10th Enhancement Themes Conference, 2013-06-11 - 2013-06-13, Crowne Plaza Hotel.

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this paper is to outline and share with the wider academic community the experience of developing and implementing Vertically Integrated Projects at the University of Strathclyde during their pilot phase. In turn we consider the results of a preliminary evaluation, paying particular attention to the effects on the student learning experience, (and to a lesser extent the academic staff), and illustrate how those results and our own observations have been used to identify constraints in VIP development and expansion, in addition to those critical factors which have contributed to their success. We conclude with a reflective statement on `moving forward`, in the hope that others will be inspired to follow suit.