5 research outputs found

    Investigating barriers that prevent students attaining their full potential during their degree

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    Social and economic barriers that students face during their studies can impact severely on their attainment and can be due to many factors. This study investigated how different socio-economic factors, with a focus on digital poverty and workspace availability may have affected students' attainment (during October 2021 - March 2022) at university post-COVID-19. Quantitative data collected during the first teaching block of the 2021-2022 academic year using specific questions in a paper-based questionnaire indicated that a good proportion of life science students did not have access to a home internet source (35%) or proper workspace facilities (34%) and had the requirement to work alongside their degree in order to fund their studies. In contrast to the lack of internet students experienced, many of the surveyed students did have access to a personal computer within their household. Possible reasons for some of the findings, and the implications of the findings, are discussed here

    Staff and student perspectives of online teaching and learning : implications for belonging and engagement at university : a qualitative exploration

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    A sense of belonging within higher education (HE) enhances educational engagement and attainment. The rapid shift to online provision has implications for reducing studentsÔÇÖ sense of belonging at university. We have previously shown that students consider belonging in HE to be important and that their personal sense of belonging was high. We also found that sense of belonging had elements of people and place: relationships with peers and staff were influential and the physical campus facilitated social relationships. In the first lockdown, we showed that sense of belonging in both staff and students at our large widening-participation London university was reduced. In this paper, we report on a continuing project to explore the impact of sustained provision of learning online, focusing on qualitative interviews carried out with forty-three students and twenty-three staff. Both groups identified advantages and disadvantages of online provision. Advantages included flexibility and accessibility, with savings ÔÇô financial and time ÔÇô owing to reduced commuting. However, both groups identified a negative impact on social relationships, student motivation and engagement. Future development of blended learning should be planned, supported and structured to optimise the benefits

    Biocompatibility Analysis of GelMa Hydrogel and Silastic RTV 9161 Elastomer for Encapsulation of Electronic Devices for Subdermal Implantable Devices

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    The natural differences between human-made electronics and biological tissues constitute a huge challenge in materials and the manufacturing of next-generation bioelectronics. As such, we performed a series of consecutive experiments for testing the biofunctionality and biocompatibility for device implantation, by changing the exterior chemical and physical properties of electronics coating it with silicone or hydrogels. In this article, we present a comparison of the main characteristics of an electronic device coated with either silicone or hydrogel (GelMa). The coating was performed with a bioprinter for accurate silicone and hydrogel deposition around different electronic chips (Step-Down Voltage Regulator U3V15F5 from Pololu Corporation). The results demonstrate that the hydrogel coating presents an augmented biomechanical and biochemical interface and superior biocompatibility, lowers foreign body response, and considerably extends the capabilities for bioelectronic applications

    Research and Science Today Supplement 2/2014

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