Enhancing the Student Experience, Developing Skills, Exploring Ideas

MUSEUMS ARE STIMULATING, INFORMAL AND SOCIAL SPACES which promote discussion, debate and performance. They provide opportunities for students to experiment with ideas and to develop creative and innovative thinking, to engage with unique cultural resources and to gain skills and employment experience.

Through involvement in museums and museum-related public programmes, students are able to develop a wide range of transferable real-world employability skills: self discipline, confidence, project management, team working and communications. Furthermore, public events and exhibitions provide opportunities for students to develop their subject-specialist skills and gain experience directly relevant to employment in the wider academic, cultural and creative sectors.

Such projects offer students the chance to take the lead in engaging the public with their subject matter and research and to consider how their studies can impact on and benefit the wider community, while at the same time, museum visitors benefit from students’ energy and fresh perspective.

Projects and placements develop students’ subject specialist knowledge and transferable employability skills

Manchester Museum knowledge creation

At the Manchester Museum, students are engaged in knowledge creation through to knowledge exchange, all based around collections. Museum staff deliver distinctive forms of teaching on biodiversity and environmental change, object-based learning and creative learning, Museum collections and exhibitions form the basis of lectures, student projects, tutorials or self-led tours, Collections are supplemented by online ... more »

Betty Smithers Design Collection at Staffordshire University

A recent project at the Betty Smithers Design Collection at Staffordshire University demonstrates how collections can provide an alternative approach to enhance the student experience. A severely visually impaired student on placement at the Collection undertook a project on the changing attitudes toward clothing. Because of the BSDC approach to handling objects, she was able ... more »

Museum University Student Educators

The Hunterian, University of Glasgow has recently introduced regular public gallery tours led by student MUSEs (Museum University Student Educators). Guides are recruited in conjunction with the University’s Careers Service. The popular 30-minute tours offer an excellent learning experience to the students and a unique interpretative perspective on the collections for visitors. The public response ... more »