There will be four projects and places may be restricted, therefore there is an application and selection process at the start of the academic year. All students who wish to enrol on this module must read the project descriptions (remits) posted on the CS300 Moodle in late September. You must then send your CV and application letter to the Module Co-ordinator.
The letter should explain why you would like to enrol on this module, your preferred project, and what skills and experience you would bring to the group. You will then have an interview with the Module Co-ordinator in the first two weeks of the Autumn term. After the interviews, we will select the groups and inform you whether you have secured a place and on which project. If the module is over-subscribed, unsuccessful candidates will be contacted in time to enrol on an alternative Spring module. We will be looking to form project groups with a balance of aptitudes, skills, experience and potential, so lack of experience is not an obstacle.
Please note: Attendance and participation are very important on this module, so before you enrol, think carefully about whether you are prepared to make the commitment that it will involve. Students on this module are expected to conform to high standards of professionalism and ethical behaviour. To ensure this, there are a number of safeguards in place. First, all students working with outside partners will be required to read and sign a project partnership agreement. Second, some projects, (e.g. those involving minors and vulnerable people), will require students to have a DBS clearance before they engage with the target group. Third, groups carrying out primary research or data-collection that involves human participants (e.g. surveys, interviews, focus groups) are required to follow University research ethics procedures.
Partners might include a local charity, social enterprise, community or public or private sector organisation, or the University's Sustainability section.
There will be at least one sustainability project each year. Other projects might involve anything from carrying out a piece of research, or designing a public information campaign, to organising part of an exhibition or implementing a community initiative.