Widening Access Impact and Dissemination

WAP Impact, Student Success and External Dissemination


WAP Impact Objectives

The university seeks to:

  1. Collate and understand WAP data to ensure effective decision-making related to target setting, performance monitoring, identification of areas in need of additional support for students and ensuring that resources are allocated where they are most needed.
  2. Capture the impact of WAP interventions and projects which have led to student success and can be measured by improved student satisfaction, retention, attainment and/or learning gain.
  3. Disseminate the impact of projects which have led to successful student outcomes.

External Dissemination of WAP Impact

2017

2018

  • C. O’Donnell, T. Lavery and A. Mooney (2018), VEX Robotics’ Challenge and Competition Poster at HEA STEM Conference, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • C. O’Donnell and L. Lavery-Bowen (2018), ALL SySTEMS Go,. Engaging Young. Scientists. HEA STEM Conference, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
  • C. O’Donnell and T. Lavery (2018), VEX Robotics’ Challenge and Competition presentation to the Royal Academy of Engineering Expert Panel
  • C. O’Donnell, B. Murphy and B. Hunter (2018), “Participation by Numbers: WAP at the core of strategy, leadership, and change management.” chapter in Concepts of Value & Worth: National & International Perspectives on Widening Access & Participation, (Broadhead et. al. 2018), IBSN
  • C. O’Donnell, B. Murphy and B. Hunter (2018), 4D: Developing Dashboards For Data-Driven Decision-Making, Data paper and paper presentation at ICERi (12-14th November 2018).  ISBN: 978-84-09-05948-5 / ISSN: 2340-1095
  • C. O’Donnell, T. Lavery and A. Mooney (2018), A Robotics Recipe For Success, paper and paper presentation at ICERi (12-14th November 2018). ISBN: 978-84-09-05948-5 / ISSN: 2340-1095

2019

2020

  • C. O’Donnell, B. Murphy, S.Lynch and B. Hunter (27-28 MAY 2020), PASS: Assisting widening access and inclusivity paper, Online International Forum for Peer Learning 2020.
  • C. O'Donnell, B. Murphy, B. Hunter (9-10 November, 2020). Sharing the Effectiveness of Learner Analytics Dashboards for WAP Planning, Evaluation & Social Gain, especially important During COVID-19 as Students are Forced to spend More Time Off Campus at ICERiPages: 1538-1545.  ISBN: 978-84-09-24232-0
  • C. O'Donnell, B. Murphy, S. Lynch, B. Hunter (9-10 November, 2020).  Evaluating the Impact of Face-to-Face Peer Mentoring and Ensuring Continued Benefits  the Digital Pivot to Online Delivery Methods Due to COVID-19 at ICERi. Pages: 1528-1537. ISBN: 978-84-09-24232-0
  • T. Lavery, C. O'Donnell (9-10 November, 2020) Developing Inclusivity in Robotics Education in both Primary and Post--Primary Schools with Engineering Habits of Mind at ICERi. Pages: 7209-7213. ISBN: 978-84-09-24232-0

2021

  • S. Lynch and C. O'Donnell (28th & 29th January 2021). The value-added benefits of embedding the student voice and perspective when designing and delivering peer mentoring. Online International Forum for Peer Learning 2021.
  • L. Lavery-Bowen, Transforming Lives: The Impact of Widening Access on Young People in Northern Ireland. Event series run by Queen’s University Belfast, St Mary’s University College, Stranmillis University College and Ulster University.
    • Queen's University Belfast - Friday, 12 February 2021 (2.00-4.00pm)
    • Ulster University - Thursday, 25 February 2021 (2.00-4.00pm)
    • St Mary's University College - Friday, 26 February 2021 (2.00-4.00pm)
    • Stranmillis University College - Wednesday, 3 March 2021 (1.45 - 3.45pm)
  • C. O'Donnell (May 2021). Contributed to the Royal Irish Academy Roundtable on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in relation to students in higher education.

*Please note: there may be other papers and / or presentations that have not been added to this list yet.

External Representation

  • Catherine O’Donnell (2021), invited member of 14th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation International (ICERi) Scientific Advisory Board.
  • Catherine O’Donnell (2020), invited member of 13th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation International (ICERi) Scientific Advisory Board.
  • Catherine O’Donnell (2019), invited member of 12th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation International (ICERi) Scientific Advisory Board
  • Catherine O’Donnell (2019-20), Meta product owner for the 2020 Widening Participation Jisc / HESA Analytics Labs teams