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Previous Projects

Since Future Talent launched over 60 people have participated and delivered a variety of different projects; all helping DSE to deliver an outstanding student experience.

Examples include:

International Applicant Journey

The aim of the project was to help support international students to transition into higher education and enable them to be prepared for starting their studies.

This project involved reviewing existing research on applicant journeys, for example a set of finance related research provided by WPM, internal university information and publicly relevant research. 

Following this initial investigatory stage, the results were then used to create, monitor and support a number of defined applicant journeys.

The suggested applicant journeys were the tested by running focus groups with students and feedback and recommendations were then made as to how the journeys could be improved. 

Linked-In Learning for All

The main aims of the project were to raise awareness amongst DSE staff of the ‘Learning for All’ concept owned by the Staff Learning and Development unit and to increase the number of active users of Linked-In Learning within the DSE. 

This project team were asked to create case studies demonstrating how Linked-In could help to develop skills in particular areas such as administrative skills, management skills, excel skills. 

They also evaluated the usage of Linked-In Learning with current and new users using online surveys, interviews and focus groups.

Following this they provided recommendations to the project sponsor regarding the scope for further expansion and what was needed for the management and coordination on an on-going basis. 

Private Rented Sector Information Cards

The aim of the project was to design and create information cards that were concise, eye-catching and informative, and which would be used to share information with students who were considering renting in the private sector. 

The project team had to carry out some initial research and analysis of the existing information and look to condense this where possible. 

Following this they then designed a range of cards and gathered student and staff feedback by running focus groups. This then helped inform the decision making around which cards to produce.

The expectation was that the cards would be used at various events such as Accommodation Fairs, Open Days, Manchester Student Homes Surgeries and Find a Home events. 

Insight into Stellify

The aim of the project was to look at existing student participation data in the Ethical Grand Challenges (EGC) and to identify and key trends or significant differences in participations in different Schools / Faculties. 

To do this the project team had to run various focus groups with students to find out the reasons that they engaged with the EGC and also what the barriers were. 

The team designed and administered a questionnaire to obtain feedback from students and analysed the responses, then produced a summary of findings and recommendations to the project sponsor.