Using interdisciplinary research project collaborations as a pedagogic tool to enhance learning

Tyra Oseng-Rees; Juan Ferriz Papi; Greg Owen; Ian Standen; Lisa Burkl; Lara Hopkinson; Allan Nantel

1 University of Wales Trinity Saint David,Swansea Campus, De La Beche Street, Swansea, SA13EU, tyra.oseng-rees@uwtsd.ac.uk

2,University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea, Mount Pleasant Campus, Swansea, SA1 6ED juan.ferriz-papi@uwtsd.ac.uk

3 University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea, Mount Pleasant Campus, Swansea, SA1 6ED; gregory.owen@uwtsd.ac.uk

4 University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea, Mount Pleasant Campus, Swansea, SA1 6ED; ian.standen@uwtsd.ac.uk

5 University of Wales Trinity Saint David,Swansea Campus, De La Beche Street, Swansea, SA13EU, lisa.burkl@uwtsd.ac.uk

6 University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea, Mount Pleasant Campus, Swansea, SA1 6ED; lara.hopkinson@uwtsd.ac.uk

7 University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea, Mount Pleasant Campus, Swansea, SA1 6ED; alan.nantel@uwtsd.ac.uk

4th May 2017

Abstract 

This paper will demonstrate how a collaboration between staff from differing subject areas within UWTSD at Swansea Campus has performed on a live project. The project is embedded in a research active field, which investigates the feasibility of low temperature fused recycled glass as an architectural material, and invites undergraduate students to take part in the research within their discipline of study. 

The project’s initial intentions were aligned to the amendments that occurred in June 2015, in the Sustainability Principles for SA1. These amendments developed opportunities to use the creative, design and environmental skills of staff and learners within UWTSD for the SA1 development.   

The delivery of project outcomes has cumulated with three main aims; enhanced learner experience, formation of a research active, cross-faculty group and the development of a commercially viable product.

This project will be bespoke as it considers the changing environment and tells a progressive story of learner engagement, a collaboration between staff and external collaborators and demonstrates the five ways of working from the Wellbeing of Future Generation Act.