WHAT IS PROJECT SOCIAL?

Under the supervision of Senior Lecturer, Adrian Hickey, and Community Engagement Manager, Claire Mulrone, Interactive Media students complete compulsory interactive media projects with Science Shop community partners. The projects on this website are indicative of the twelve-year partnership between Interactive Media students at Ulster University and their Science Shop community partners. This work engages final year student teams, in real world connected learning simulating Interactive Media industry practices. Science Shop partners supply briefs which facilitate prototyping, research and development alongside vocational activities including setting project milestones, time management, designing and building creative Interactive Media out puts and working directly with community partners.

If you work for a community or voluntary organisation and would like to put forward an idea for an Interactive Media project, please contact us.

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TESTIMONIALS

“I am genuinely blown-away by the quality of the materials the students developed for this project. Each pitch could have been taken forward but the one chosen certainly brings a freshness and variety that will suit the Geopark and its many activities.”
Nikki Maguire
Causeway Coast Project Manager 2020
“Working with the Science Shop has been incredibly rewarding, our engagement with interactive media students created a new website, merchandise and video for Care Zone. This engagement is unique! Science Shop understands our research needs, identifies and connects us with the right staff and students to make a real world of difference”
Joe Murphy
Care Zone, Belfast 2019
"You really have all done a fantastic job here - There isn’t anything we would change... I can’t thank the three of you enough!”
Syd Trotter
Connect Community Learning through Engagement 2020
“Having attended ‘the pitch’ yesterday I am writing to congratulate all concerned on the level of expertise, professionalism and high standard of design produced by the students. To me the standard of work produced in such a short time by all four of the students was equal to any I have seen when working with agencies. Their ability to understand the brief and translate such a diverse project into to meaningful media options for us was excellent."​
Paula Reynolds​
CEO, Belfast Buildings Trust ​ 2019
“It has been a very worthwhile and rewarding experience and as a project you have no idea how grateful we are for your expertise, dependability and hard work. Such qualities will certainly stand you all in good stead for your future employability.”
Gary Symington
Endeavour project Lighthouse Charity 2019
“The impact of our partnership with the Science Shop has afforded us the opportunity to reinvigorate and enhance our brand and social media presence whilst provided volume to our message working with Interactive Media students. We are very proud to use the new branding on all our literature, our uniforms, our stationary and promotional materials. I would have no hesitation in recommending the Science Shop to other organisations so they can reap the benefits we at FDST have.”
Christopher Cooper
Manager of Foyle Down Syndrome Trust 2017
“The students really stepped up to the mark, the video they have produced is an innovative and contemporary look at orienteering in Northern Ireland. I will certainly use the video to promote and recruit more families and young people to partake in this brilliant and versatile sport.”
Juls Hanvey
Development Officer, NI Orienteering 2016
“The enthusiasm the students brought to this project was completely infectious. They understood instantly that the new GIFT logo had to align to our existing Living Youth brand. They produced an amazing suite of media materials and we’re delighted with the results. We are committed to developing future partnership with the Ulster Science Shop.”
Pauline Dowd
Living Youth Manager 2015
“This project is such a gift to us. The logo, concept and designs are beautiful and inspiring. I know it is ‘only a logo’ and a website but it takes our organisation one more step toward our vision and mission. I cannot thank the students and the Science Shop enough for this!”
Helen Henderson
Marketing Manager, St Columbs Park House 2015
“Our new website and brand for the Weavers project is fabulous! The e-commerce capabilities of the website provide us with access to new international markets to sell our range of hand-woven scarves. The student’s professional approach to the project brief and their understanding of the issues facing rural Cambodian women was remarkable. They are deserved winners of the Science Shop Digital Media Award.” Keeva Murtagh Weavers Project Cambodia 2014."
Keeva Murtagh
Weavers Project Cambodia 2014.
“The work the students undertook for us was invaluable. We are all volunteers and we needed help to develop an online presence that was easy to manage and provided us with an opportunity to showcase our regeneration work. The website also details how Sailortown played a pivotal role in developing industry and trade in the city.”
Pat Benson
Director of Sailortown Regeneration 2014
“Jon Gleed (Belfast Giants Player) and I are thrilled to see this ambitious project coming to life; without the students this would not have become a reality so quickly. We are amazed by the quality of the finished books.”
Louise Little
Belfast Giants Community Foundation 2012
“Working with these students was a pleasure; their final presentation of work was totally beyond our expectations: the quality of the photography was worthy of the best agency in Belfast or London. The imagination, creativity and innovation displayed in the software and merchandise production left us, frankly, speechless”
Joe Hughes
Belfast Visitor Convention Bureau 2011

RECOGNITION

2019
Irish Education Awards:Shortlisted for Best Academic Partnership – Project-Social
2018
Ulster University Distinguished Excellence Awards: Winner of Collaborative Excellence Award – Project-Social
Ulster University Students Union Teaching Excellence Awards: Shortlisted for Staff/Student Partnership Award
8th Living Knowledge Conference 2018, Enriching Science and Community Engagement, Corvinus Business School, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
‘Learning for Success’ Conference, Ulster University, Jordanstown
2016
FACE 2016 Project Social: Community Engaged Research and Learning in the Arts, Queens University, Belfast
2015
CHERP 4th ANNUAL CONFERENCE: ‘Space Meets Pedagogy: Shaping Active and Collaborative Learning Environments at Ulster’, Ulster University, Jordanstown
Higher Education Innovation Fund Academic Enterprise Award (2015)
2013
Higher Education Innovation Fund Academic Enterprise Award (2013)

Created by Emma Hetherington and Holly Sherrard, Community Engagement Intern and Placement Student. 

Both Studying Graphic Design and Illustration at the University of Ulster Belfast campus. 

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