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Stephann runs 'serendipty by design' masterclass to widen university participation

posted Mar 21, 2018, 12:23 PM by Stephann Makri   [ updated Mar 21, 2018, 12:26 PM ]
In March 2018, Stephann ran a 'masterclass' on 'serendipity by design' to London college students who were considering studying a degree in Computer Science. All attendees had experienced some level of educational disadvantage during their schooling (first in family to higher education, refugee status, disability, in care or a care giver etc.) and so are underrepresented at university level.

Part of the session involved the students designing a novel mobile app prototype for encouraging unexpected and useful (potentially serendipitous) connections between people, information or ideas. They presented some great prototypes, including an app that encourages users to broaden their food horizons by recommending restaurants with cuisines they have not tried before and an app that helps users burst their online news 'filter bubble.'

Stephann commented:

"I was delighted to take part in this event, where Year 12 and 13 pupils from a mix of schools and backgrounds worked together to apply research ideas from a mini-lecture on 'serendipity by design' into the the design of a novel mobile app prototoype. They shared some brilliant app ideas for connecting people, places and information in unexpected ways. There's nothing academics want more than to enthuse the next-generation of students. I could see that this session ignited a passion for Computer Science  among several pupils and I hope they'll consider City, University of London as their top choice when applying to study it at university. I felt energised by the excitement in the room and I hope the pupils enjoyed this taster of university teaching as much as I did."