A student research round-up for 2016-2017

Posted by chj6 at Jul 20, 2017 10:35 AM |
17 students at all degree levels have been collaborating with Estates to produce research with real-world impact this year.

With fantastic enthusiasm, they conducted their own research on the University site, whether for their dissertation, coursework project or an extra curricular project. Supported by Estates by means of working with a staff member or mining our data, the final research is invaluable to our sustainability strategy and has a real-world impact on our operations.


 Check them out below!


Example of hedgehog footprints

Managing Urban Hedgerows: Boosting Autumn Biodiversity and Helping Hedgehogs at the University of Leicester ~Bethan Mason, final year Biological Sciences (Zoology) BSc

- Dissertation
- Worked with Sarah Roberts
(Sustainable Projects/Biodiversity Officer) and the Gardens Team
- Has helped us to increase biodiversity on our sites - read more here






University campus

Student's perception of sustainability and the university's effort in promoting education for sustainable development ~ Yating Hong, final year BA Management Studies

- Dissertation
- Utilised our NUS sustainable skills survey data
- Will help us embed ESD into the University





    Research photos

The effects of relatedness between native and introduced tree species on insect diversity on University sites ~Hannah Sellers, final year Biological Sciences (Zoology) BSc

- Dissertation
- Worked with Sarah Roberts (Sustainable Projects/Biodiversity Officer) and the Gardens Team
- Will help us enhance biodiversity on our sites - read more here






Cloudy Charles Wilson and Att

New teaching methods for sustainability in higher education ~Alyssa Pennini, Masters in Mathematical Biology  

- Extra-curricular research
- Worked with our Sustainable Projects Assistant (Caroline Jeffery)
- Will give more focus and understanding when embedding ESD into the curriculum






Bulb Planting Students

Are Males and First Year Students From the United Kingdom Less Motivated to Engage With Sustainability? ~Rory Scrimgeour, final year Management Studies

- Dissertation
- Utilised our NUS sustainable skills survey data
- Will help us shift perceptions of sustainability to be relevant and important to all genders





Ken Edwards LT1

Using lean techniques and tools to recommend improvements that can help the University prevent 50% of electrician time being spent on re-lamping. ~ MEM Masters in Engineering Management students Rueben Acheampong, Tabassum Patel, Yanfei Han, Mohammed Yousuff Sohaib, Darwin Mahalingam, Yerkebulan Umirov, Ian Player and Jonathan Pring.
- Coursework project
- Worked with Adrian Hinks (Utilities Technician, Carbon and Energy), Phil Ward (Electrician), 
Martin Earp (Electrician), Lorraine Saddington, Carl Greasley (Reactive maintenance manager)
- Improvements currently being implemented - Read more here - total savings are over £5000/year!








Coffee Cup Survey

Survey-based research: What would encourage students and staff to bring in their reusable coffee cups? ~ Alexander Stephen Homan (1st year Natural Sciences), Hikmat'llah Oyinlola Oni (2nd year Law), Lottie Grey-Wilson (3rd year Biochemistry), Georgia Hull (3rd year BSc Geography), Harriet Sorrell (3rd year Biochemistry)
- Extra-curricular project
- Worked with Caroline Jeffery (Sustainable Projects Assistant)
- Will help future projects to tackle the issue of disposable coffee cups



Congratulations to all 17 students for your hard work and fantastic achievement, and to the staff members that have given their time to the collaborations. If you would like to work with us on a project or dissertation - find out more here or email environment@le.ac.uk