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University of Strathclyde hosted SUPI

MUSE: Models of University and School Engagement

Principal Investigator:Professor Tim Bedford

Title: MUSE: Models of University and School Engagement

Lead schools: Bellahouston Academy (Glasgow), Knightswood Secondary (Glasgow), Springburn Academy (Glasgow)

Original project proposal

The Models of Schools – University Engagement (MUSE) project will expand Strathclyde’s pioneering Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) initiative into schools.

In each of Strathclyde’s 4 existing VIPs, undergraduates and postgraduates work in cross-disciplinary groups alongside academics and researchers at different stages in their career development, with each group led by an experienced senior academic. Students learn teamwork, project management and leadership skills, and experience working in a research environment, while academics benefit from students' contributions to their research programmes.

In the MUSE project, this approach will be extended to involve school pupils and teachers. In the first year of the project, a new pilot VIP will be created to engage 3 socially and ethnically diverse Glasgow schools in cross-disciplinary research focusing on Glasgow as a city of technological change. The new VIP will include academics and students in computer & information sciences, engineering, education, history and English, and staff and pupils of different age groups from the 3 schools. Together, they will devise and conduct a linked series of research projects, and disseminate findings through events and exhibitions in various local and city centre venues to attract a wide range of audiences. Additional schools and VIPs will be included in subsequent years, with the potential to expand the model to other institutions.

Ultimately, the project will contribute to Strathclyde’s staff and students’ research and public engagement experience, teachers’ career development and pupils’ aspirations for further and higher education.

Project contacts: June Cunningham, Schools Engagement Coordinator, and Megan McGurk, Project Assistant (

Also: Professor Tim Bedford (, Madeleine Rooney (, Professor Geri Smyth (  

Associated case study: 
MUSE Oral History Research Project
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