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Learner Interns Programme

The Learner Interns Programme (LIP) is an opportunity for Queen Mary students to undertake scholarship projects in partnership with staff. Each year our interns collaborate and co-create learning solutions that enhance students’ experience.

The LIP was established Professor Stephanie Marshall, Vice Principal (Education) to support the University in gaining student feedback on the entire student experience. The Programme is designed to ensure engagement of the student voice in developing strategic learning projects which deliver the Queen Mary 2030 Strategy and the Active Curriculum for Excellence.


As a LIP student intern, you will benefit from:

  • employment though QTemps (for up to 80 hours)
  • a valuable professional experience, with an opportunity to collaborate with diverse teams on inclusive and strategic projects  
  • the opportunity to act as a co-researcher and contribute to shape the student experience at Queen Mary
  • a tailored onboarding training programme including research methodology
  • a vibrant community of peer LIP students, with regular meetings and interventions from other teams
  • the possibility to shape your experience with various support and training options
  • the opportunity to present your work and represent student voices at conferences, as well as contribute to articles and posters

Every academic year we recruit students interns via QTemps. Please follow us on LinkedIn to stay informed. 

2023-24 Learner Interns ProgrammeTwo learner internship students at the Festival of Education 2024

Project 1: LEA: Learner facing co-created LEA resources focusing on learner retention and progression communicated to students by students 

This project will conduct research into learner opinion on LEA to create a learner handbook. 

Project interns: Lusi Pan (School of Economics and Finance), Heenal Panchal (Barts Cancer Institute), Naoshin Haque (School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences) 

Project lead: Dr Usman Naeem (School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science)

Project 2: Peer-Led Team Learning and its impact on team leaders’ employability development 

This project will examine the impact of Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) on student outcomes and explore the impact on PLTL on peer leader employability development.

Project interns: Muhammad Uzair (School of Business and Management), Qianying He (School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences) 

Project lead: Dr Xue Zhou (School of Business and Management)  

Project 3: VR: Empowering skill-based Education through VR  

This project will explore:  VR chemistry laboratory to support skill-based education in practical chemistry; a portfolio of healthcare and medicine VR simulations to support skills-based education in FMD; a comparative study to identify the similarities and differences of VR effectiveness in the two disciplines and issue recommendations for how VR can be rolled out effectively across the institution. This project is funded by the President and Principal’s Fund for Educational Excellence.

Project interns: Enzo Olivieri Cortes (School of Physical and Chemical Sciences), Kasandra Mavrigiannaki (School of English and Drama), Annika Joshi (School of Mathematical Sciences) 

Project leads: Megan Bryden (School of Physical and Chemical Sciences); Professor Chie Adachi and Dr Pedro Elston (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry)

Project 4: AI for Student Learning and Research 

This project, based on FMD AI training experience, will ask QMUL students’ perception on what AI training would be useful in their school. This project is funded by the President and Principal’s Fund for Educational Excellence.

Project interns: Khanh Tran (School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science), Girija Negi (School of Business and Management) 

Project leads: Nick Fisher (Institute of Health Sciences Education); Dr Casandra Lewis (Institute of Dentistry) and Dr Pedro Elston (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry)

Project 5: Bangladeshi students: Designing careers interventions that enable Bangladeshi students to achieve graduate level employment 

This project will aim to understand the Bangladeshi experiences and attitudes towards career development.  

Project interns: Vi Bui (Wolfston Institute of Population Health) 

Project lead: Lizzie Gall (Careers and Enterprise)

2022-23 Learner Interns Programme

Find our more about the projects and read the final reports.

2021-22 Vice-Principal (Education)’s Student Research Internships

These educational research internships were established to capture the views of our diverse student population on their holistic student experience. In 2021/22 interns worked on two projects:

  1. Understanding students' views of what constitutes Teaching Excellence
    This work aims to increase understanding of our diverse students' perceptions of Teaching Excellence at Queen Mary.

  2. Developing Student Confidence
    This work aims to capture the student voice on how best to develop student confidence whilst studying at Queen Mary. This work will inform the development of tailored support for our students to ensure that they can reach their full potential.

Follow the link to read about the Reflections from the 2022 VP Student Research Interns.

2018-19 Research Internships

As part of the Going for Gold initiative, student research interns undertook projects on student retention, BAME attainment gap and commuting students. The final reports are available to download.

Exploring the factors that impact student retention rates 2019 [PDF 652KB]

BAME Attainment Gap Report 2019 [PDF 1,105KB]

Commuter Students Research Report 2019 [PDF 791KB]

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