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This joint research project with Leeds College of Building and York College is focused on reviewing the student experience of blended learning during the lockdown periods. The research explores STEM subjects, which do not traditionally lend themselves to blended learning due to the significant practical elements required of students.

The project is focused on two main aspects:

  • Reviewing the blended learning experience of students on a level three to six programme in a STEM related subject area. 
  • Identifying developmental activities that support improved progression from studying, into the workplace, with a focus on digital skills.

The quantitative data sought by undertaking focus groups and surveys with current students is supported by evidence-based research into curriculum models and the theoretical understanding of developing a blended curriculum. This project seeks to identify barriers to a blended model and possible approaches to reduce them.


To effectively identify barriers to progression, the researchers are working with alumni, current students, and relevant employers, bringing all the information together into a recommended support structure for progression in to sustained employment in STEM sectors. 

Project Outputs


The information and feedback from students will be used in the long-term curriculum modelling for both Colleges, implementing best practices for future students.


The research will also identify wider digital skills and knowledge barriers that if enhanced, would support better progression into the workplace. This will result in the development of non-accredited modules which support students to successfully make the transition from studying, into the workplace.


The joint project will support an improved curriculum model and enhanced content for the 2022-23 student cohort. An instructional guide to the research and the developed modules will be produced for wider circulation with QAA Members.

Project lead:

Leeds College of Building

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