Module leader Jane Reynolds also helped to bring the challenge to life for the students. Jane said: “Engagement in the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust project provided the students with a unique experience as part of an alternative to work-based placements which were not feasible during lock down.
“When presented with the project brief to design an outdoor learning space as their assessment brief, some students were apprehensive at the scale of task. However, the team building skills they acquired in sessions and support from Adam, Jenny and Carl resulted in the teams creatively responding to the brief.
“Students presented their pitch ‘Dragons Den’ style to assessors online as part of the assessment. The learning journeys that students completed alongside their presentation task showed real gains in confidence, communication, presentation skills and independent research. All our students completed Mental Health First Aid Training as part of the project, adding further to our graduates’ employability skills.”
This student project follows an exciting range of activities that have taken place on campus – the results of the University starting an exclusive partnership with Team GB in January 2019. Earlier this year, the University announced double Olympic Champion, Max Whitlock, as its Team GB ambassador.
Additional activities include designing a 360 virtual environment package to help prepare athletes for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and student internships.