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Degree Apprentices’ Lockdown Survey: Reflections on working and studying from home

Conference Proceeding
Taylor-Smith, E., & Fabian, K. (2021)
Degree Apprentices’ Lockdown Survey: Reflections on working and studying from home. In SRHE International Conference on Research into Higher Education
During the first UK lockdown period, degree apprentices in two universities in Scotland were invited to complete a short qualitative survey with their reflections on starting...

How are we positioning degree apprenticeships? Analysis of adverts

Conference Proceeding
Fabian, K., Taylor-Smith, E., & Smith, S. (2021)
How are we positioning degree apprenticeships? Analysis of adverts. In SRHE International Conference on Research into Higher Education
Degree apprentices are recruited by employers, rather than universities, reflecting their status as paid employees, first and foremost. This study analysed job adverts for IT ...

A multi-institutional exploration of the social mobility potential of degree apprenticeships

Journal Article
Smith, S., Taylor-Smith, E., Fabian, K., Zarb, M., Paterson, J., Barr, M., & Berg, T. (2021)
A multi-institutional exploration of the social mobility potential of degree apprenticeships. Journal of Education and Work, 34(4), 488-503. https://doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2021.1946494
This mixed-method study at six universities asked degree apprentices about their trajectories into the apprenticeship, to better understand the social mobility potential of ap...

Earn as you learn: Widening participation through apprenticeships as debt-free degrees

Presentation / Conference
Meharg, D., Smith, S., Taylor-Smith, E., & Khristin, F. (2021, March)
Earn as you learn: Widening participation through apprenticeships as debt-free degrees. Presented at Advance HE Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2021, Online
Apprenticeship Degrees provide opportunities to study for a degree without incurring debt. Collaborations between employers and HEIs enable new or established employees to ear...

Associate Student Project: Facilitating computing students’ transition to higher education

Presentation / Conference
Taylor-Smith, E., Meharg, D., Fabian, K., & Varey, A. (2021, March)
Associate Student Project: Facilitating computing students’ transition to higher education. Presented at Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2021, Online
The Associate Student (ASP) project supports Computing students who study two years at a Further Education college (achieving an HND) then transfer directly into third year, s...

An exploration of degree apprentice perspectives: A Q methodology study

Journal Article
Fabian, K., Taylor-Smith, E., Smith, S., Meharg, D., & Varey, A. (in press)
An exploration of degree apprentice perspectives: A Q methodology study. Studies in Higher Education, https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2021.1897094
Degree apprenticeships have recently been introduced in the UK, representing a significant shift in approaches to degree-level study: from traditional models of higher educati...

Computing degree apprenticeships: An opportunity to address gender imbalance in the IT sector?

Conference Proceeding
Smith, S., Taylor-Smith, E., Fabian, K., Barr, M., Berg, T., Cutting, D., …Zarb, M. (2020)
Computing degree apprenticeships: An opportunity to address gender imbalance in the IT sector?. In 2020 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE). https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE44824.2020.9274144
This paper explores the potential for new work-based apprenticeship degrees to encourage more women into computing degrees and the IT sector. In the UK, women are currently un...

Degree apprenticeships - a win-win model? A comparison of policy aims with the expectations and experiences of apprentices

Journal Article
Smith, S., Caddell, M., Taylor-Smith, E., Smith, C., & Varey, A. (in press)
Degree apprenticeships - a win-win model? A comparison of policy aims with the expectations and experiences of apprentices. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, https://doi.org/10.1080/13636820.2020.1744690
This article compares policy aims with experiences following the introduction of a new model for STEM apprenticeships in the UK. Degree apprentices work while studying for a d...

Facilitating computing students' transition to higher education

Conference Proceeding
Fabian, K., Taylor-Smith, E., Meharg, D., & Varey, A. (2019)
Facilitating computing students' transition to higher education. In UKICER: Proceedings of the 1st UK & Ireland Computing Education Research Conference. https://doi.org/10.1145/3351287.3351298
Students who progress to higher education from further education colleges are faced with academic, social, and logistical challenges during their transition. In general, they ...

Identity and belonging for graduate apprenticeships in computing: the experience of first cohort degree apprentices in Scotland

Conference Proceeding
Taylor-Smith, E., Smith, S., & Smith, C. (2019)
Identity and belonging for graduate apprenticeships in computing: the experience of first cohort degree apprentices in Scotland. In Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference on Innovation & Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE’19), (2-8). https://doi.org/10.1145/3304221.3319753
In September 2017, our university’s first graduate apprentices began degrees in Software Development, Cybersecurity, and Information Technology Management for Business. This s...
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Gendered information landscapes and their impact on routes into and through apprenticeships

2022 - 2025
The aim is to understand the myriad sources of gender stereotyping that impact on young people’s choices around apprenticeships and work-based learning (WBL). First, by a policy and literature review ...
Funder: Skills Development Scotland | Value: £57,117

Gender Imbalance in Digital Technology

2021 - 2021
This project will examine what tertiary education institutions are doing to help tackle the gender imbalance in their Digital Technology courses. It will focus on the area of positive female role mode...
Funder: Skills Development Scotland | Value: £12,760

How are we positioning apprenticeships? A critical analysis of job adverts for degree apprentices

2020 - 2021
The introduction of the degree apprenticeship presents opportunities for students to pursue a degree while working in paid positions relevant to their studies. Within this model, employers take an act...
Funder: Society for Research into Higher Education | Value: £4,999

Work Experience Joint Study

2017 - 2017
Having relevant work experience, such as a placement or internship, is valued by employers in the technology sector and can improve employment outcomes for computing graduates. However, gaining good w...
Funder: Edinburgh Napier Funded

Associate Student Project

2014 - 2020
The Associate Student Project (ASP) builds partnerships between the School of Computing and local further education colleges (FEs) to support students who study for the first two years of their degree...
Funder: Scottish Funding Council

Research in Librarianship - Impact Evaluation Study (RiLIES1)

2011 - 2011
Enhancing the impact of LIS Research Projects. RiLIES1 investigated the influence of funded research on practice in UK library and information science (LIS). It  identified factors that increase or ...
Funder: Library & information Science Research Coalition | Value: £27,945

e-Placement Scotland

2010 - 2022
Between 2010 and 2014, e-Placement Scotland worked with industry to create over 800 paid placements for students in Scotland’s universities and colleges. The project team disseminated widely to both e...
Funder: Scottish Funding Council

HUWY: Hub Website for Youth Participation

2009 - 2011
HUWY explored ways for the Internet to support young people’s involvement in decision-making and piloted a model of distributed discussions, which could be used by people of various ages, focused on a...
Funder: European Commission | Value: £500,828

e-Participation Scotland Baseline

2008 - 2008
This one day event brought people and organisations together from across Scotland. At the workshop, presentations and group activities enabled participants to share knowledge about current and future ...
Funder: Economic and Social Research Council | Value: £600

WEB-DEP

2007 - 2009
WEB.DEP aimed to support the renewal of democracy in the Balkans, as the countries came out of a difficult period and began the process of joining the EU. To support a culture of transparency and par...
Funder: European Commission | Value: £91,599