'A productive and happy collaboration': maximising impact through project design.

  • Janet Hargreaves University of Huddersfield
  • Susan Bond University of Huddersfield
  • Paul Dagg University of Huddersfield
  • Benji Dawson University of Huddersfield
  • Blake Kendrick University of Huddersfield
  • Mark Potter University of Huddersfield
Keywords: Collaboration, Disability, Preparation for placement, student impact


This case study describes a highly collaborative project created to develop an online self-assessment tool that offers students the opportunity to plan their preparedness to enter the work place named the Preparation for Placement Assessment Tool. The aim of the project was to develop an artefact that aids all students to think about and prepare for placements, and more broadly to bework-ready. It also aims to help disabled students to identify and manage theirindividual needs. Working in collaboration with students is offered as aneffective strategy for improving project outcomes and managing the tensions foracademics of balancing research, teaching, learning and scholarly activities.This paper discusses the project background, design and delivery, which includesthe engagement of a diverse mix of students, and the practice researchmethodologies used. Discussion focuses on the project's impact, particularly on the students involved. Four key factors: student power, methodology, the use offunding and slow burn are identified as significant for success.

Author Biographies

Janet Hargreaves, University of Huddersfield
Associate Dean School of Human and Health Sciences
Susan Bond, University of Huddersfield
Undergraduate student
Paul Dagg, University of Huddersfield
Learning & Technology Advisor, àSchool of Human and Health Sciences
Benji Dawson, University of Huddersfield
Undergraduate student
Blake Kendrick, University of Huddersfield
Undergraduate student
Mark Potter, University of Huddersfield
Undergraduate student
How to Cite
Hargreaves, J., Bond, S., Dagg, P., Dawson, B., Kendrick, B. and Potter, M. (2014) “’A productive and happy collaboration’: maximising impact through project design.”, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. Plymouth, UK, 0(7). doi: 10.47408/jldhe.v0i7.220.
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