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Case Studies: Education

The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

PGCE students utilise object-based learning

A collaboration with the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education enabling object -based learning to be embedded in the teaching of all Primary PGCE students, and subject specific Secondary PGCE students including English, Religious Studies and Modern Foreign Languages. Students carry out structured placements in museums across Cambridge, developing their own teaching resources and exploring how the diverse collections can be used to enrich and extend their future professional practice.

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University of Glasgow

Hunterian Associates Programme

The Programme provides a platform for postgraduate researchers to share their expert knowledge with a wider public audience, develop their experience and skills in public engagement, enhance their perspectives on their own research, and explore ways in which their subject knowledge connects to the University’s collections and their histories. The Programme was nominated for a prestigious Times Higher Education Award in the Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers category. 

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The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

Museum University Student Educators (MUSE)

The Hunterian conducts public gallery tours led by student MUSEs (Museum University Student Educators), offering an excellent learning experience to the students and a unique interpretative perspective on the collections for visitors. MUSEs come from a range of disciplines and increasingly help to communicate student engagement activities to the wider student body at University Open Days and Freshers Fairs. 

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University of Cambridge Museums

Widening Participation

The Children and Young Peoples’ Widening Participation Officer is a post following from the University’s Widening Participation Project Fund. Through exciting and participative projects, the role is building sustainable partnerships with young people in target schools in collaboration with the University’s Admissions Office. This post has also enabled the School Liaison Officers in the individual Cambridge colleges to use museum visits and the UCM’s collections as an open portal to the University. This is just part of the University’s move to widening participation.

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Hands-on DNA: Exploring Evolution

Oxford University Museum of Natural History (among other universities), with support from the Wellcome Trust and the Association for Science and Discovery Centres, delivers practical molecular biology workshops to A Level students from local schools. Using research standard equipment, students extract, amplify and visualise their own DNA, complemented by museum-based work on fossil evidence for human evolution. Workshops are delivered by specialist education officers, while scientists from university departments provide practical support.

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Museum of Design in Plastics, Arts University Bournemouth

Plastics Subject Specialist Network (SSN)

Since the 1970s, plastics have become the most used material group in manufacturing and are thus an increasingly important material for our heritage. Working with Plastics SSN members, MoDiP has developed online and physical resources to help curators of collections with little knowledge of plastics identify and look after objects in collections to foster best practice in the care, and thus preservation, of plastics objects in museums. 

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UCL Museums

UCL Qatar 2010 – 2020

UCL Museums have played a key role in the establishment, in 2010,of UCL Qatar, a campus dedicated to research, post graduate teaching and professional development in museum studies, conservation and archaeology for ten years. As the first UK university in Qatar, the campus supported both emerging and established heritage professionals in the development of excellence for cultural heritage and knowledge management in Qatar.

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Our collections guide and inform HE research as well as community outreach and accessibility.

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