StudentShapers Recruitment: Calling Undergraduate Medical Students in Years 4/5

Designing, Developing, and Evaluating a Student Professional Portfolio

Bursary: £60 per session (approx. 1 half day per week). 2 bursaries are available

Duration is 30 sessions across two academic years January 2024 to July 2025

Depending on students’ availability, there is flexibility to engage with the project over the summer holiday period to avoid clashes with end-of-year assessments.

Who should apply: Undergraduate Imperial College medical students in phases 2 and 3a (years 4&5) of their programme

Campus/Location: Charing Cross and online collaboration

Project details:

Portfolios are widely used in medical school programmes to showcase individual educational, research, ethical, personal, and professional development. Currently, we would like to review how we use portfolios in this way at Imperial College School of Medicine. We aim to partner with two Student Shapers who will have active engagement in this project as co-producers from the beginning. Student partnership in the development of a portfolio is vitally important; your experiences will be crucial to making the portfolio as student-centred and engaging as possible.

Student partners from Imperial College will:

  • Participate and collaborate in the planning, development, and design stages as well as the evaluation process of theportfolio.
  • Use your networks to explore what your peers would like from a portfolio
  • Participate in this project to suit your schedule, but must commit to working on the project roughly 3 hours a week
  • Primarily work in partnership with a Clinical teaching fellow.

The successful candidates for this project would have the following attributes: ability to work both independently and within a team, proficient IT skills, flexible approach, and the ability to critically appraise research papers.

At the end of this project, you will gain a greater understanding of designing higher education learning & assessment tools. The project will help you prepare for professional practice after you graduate, as portfolios are essential to every medical professional throughout their career. By engaging in this project, you’ll have the chance to cultivate invaluable professional capabilities including project management, collaborative teamwork, self-reliance, accountability, and effective negotiation within a supportive and realistic workplace environment.

How to apply:

Your application will include a statement of your personal interest in the project (200-300 words) and should be made via the ‘Student Expression of Interest’ form on the StudentShapers website (here) or accessed using the QR code. This will be distributed directly to the appropriate staff partner. You may be invited to an informal online interview as part of the selection process.

Deadline: 24th November 2023

Contact details: Dr Esta Finesilver for informal correspondence or questions.