Work from a range of courses at Staffordshire University was on show throughout the campus last week, in what was the first in person GradeEX show since 2019. Employers and work providers from all over the country attended to network with students and view their projects.
One of the many highlights of the show included Illustration graduate Phillippa Foster’s work on encouraging children to make their gardens safe and friendly for animals.
She aimed to create an interactive guide for children, encouraging them to spend time in their garden whilst learning about different kinds of wildlife.
BSc (Hons) policing and criminal investigation student Isabelle Walton investigated ‘the UK publics opinion on street prostitution’.
She used social media to gain as many responses as possible, using her parents and older family members' social media accounts to gain a breadth of opinions across many demographics, which helped inform her research.
Opinion did not overly vary among different groups, with there being very little variation in the views on prostitution as variables such as gender and age were changed, this was described as ‘surprising’ by Isabelle, who wishes to now go into a call handling or receiving role within the police after graduating.
Also displaying their work was Early Childhood Studies student Emma Green. The mother of three devoted her investigation to the inclusivity of the governments subsidised milk scheme and nursery milk scheme.
Emma spoke of her struggles with her children’s milk protein allergies and told about the factors contributing to a child not being able to drink cows milk, including, ‘cow milk protein allergies or Veganism.’
Describing how all milk allergies and intolerances were protected in some way under law, and further questioning the fairness of the scheme, she also said: “When alternative milk is required, such as oat milk or soya milk, this is not currently being provided on the current milk schemes.”
BSc (Hons) Psychology and counselling student Rowena Jones explored the effect of working from home and employment predictors on mental wellbeing in her project.
Rowena has struggled with her own mental health issues during the pandemic, and overcoming her own battles inspired her to investigate how and why working from home contributes so negatively to mental health.
Whilst only using a small sample size, she used all the ways she could in order to gain as many opinions as possible, using online survey websites to receive responses from her interviewees. Through this, Rowena discovered that there is a link between the increased amount of hours worked and the deterioration of one’s mental wellbeing.
Discover more projects from students across Staffordshire University on the GradEX22 portal.