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The Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) concept is an innovative student education programme which is currently being explored at Bath.

VIPs are an attempt to create sustainable, research engaged communities of staff and students - both undergraduate and postgraduate - who work collaboratively on live projects. Students come from a range disciplines or fields and from across year groups, enabling more experienced students to support other student team members, and allowing everyone involved to work closely with researchers or senior staff. The VIP concept was created by Professor Ed Coyle at Georgia Tech, but has since extended to around 70 HE institutions all over the world.

Learn more about VIPs @ Bath

A pilot VIP @Bath programme launched  at the University of Bath in Semester 2 (2019/2020). Bath’s current VIP projects focus on community engagement, sustainable transport, student wellbeing and technology for social care,  and involve staff and students from a range of programmes and levels of study.

Forthcoming events

Vertically Integrated Projects (VIPs) @ Bath: the pilot programme experience

Tuesday 9 June – 15:15 – 16:00 (Online via Teams)

This latest in our Talk Teaching Series will offer an overview of progress so far and an opportunity to discuss VIPs and the Bath experience with students and academics staff involved, as was as  Professor Stephen Marshall, University of Strathclyde.

Find out more on our Event page.

Beyond Bath: the VIP experience

As part of EduFest 2019, we were fortunate to have Professor Stephen Marshall, University of Strathclyde, visit the University to talk about his institution's experience of VIPs. Read our blog about Stephen's visit to Bath.

Find out about the University of Strathclyde VIP experience.

Take a look at the presentation below from Professor Ed Coyle.


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VIP projects at Bath - 2019/20

Community engagement

This VIP aims to create a better understanding of the social and economic inequalities that blight the City of Bath. The VIP team will work with local stakeholders, including Bath City Football Club, to explore interventions that can build communities, inspire learners, develop opportunities and engage students in volunteering and enterprise. VIP Academic Director: Dr Haydn Morgan, with Dr Lana Evans

Watch the team's presentation video

Sustainable transport

In this VIP, team members will work with staff, peers and local stakeholders to inform the debate and provide solutions for the transport challenges that affect the environment, communities and organisations in the City of Bath. Issues addressed will include pollution, congestion, active commuting, parking and traffic safety.  VIP Academic Director: Dr Ian Walker

Watch the team's presentation video

Read the team's draft report

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Student wellbeing

Concerns about student wellbeing and mental health continue to dominate national debate. This VIP addresses the issues at the local level, evaluating interventions and stimulating debate over how best to tackle these challenges in the future. Working with experts from the academic and professional realms, the VIP team will have an opportunity to make a difference to policy and practice at the University and beyond. VIP Academic Director: Professor Richard Joiner

Watch the team's presentation video

Technology for social care

This VIP aims to use expertise in robotics, electrical and electronic engineering in order to develop technologies and interventions that support and enhance the lives of those in social care settings. This VIP relies on disciplinary expertise from engineers, but also from social and management scientists who can investigate, analyse and relate the needs and experiences of different communities - from disabled people and families to those in care establishments. This VIP team will be involved in the design, testing and evaluation of cutting-edge technologies for social good. VIP Academic Director: Mr Brian Rutter

Watch the team's presentation video

Interested in getting involved?

Find out more about getting involved in a pilot VIP team at Bath - contact Dr Andy Pitchford or Sue Watts at for more information.

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