Box method - using storytelling, music and creative constructionist techniques in an informal, supportive and fun environment. Through the workshop which used storytelling and music, students told of their arrival at UCL and shared their feelings and experiences by writing those on the outside of small cardboard boxes, hiding notes inside with more personal or private thoughts that they wanted to let us know about but didn’t want to have on show. The session was run over lunchtime during the last week of term 2016 and we provided refreshments.
Doll method -using cardboard cutout paper people. Students were told this represented them and were asked ‘ What makes a student hard to reach?’. This was run in a busy thoroughfare at UCL during a lunchtime in January when the Shape Your Education Fair took place.
Psychological profiling survey with questions about engagement – in order to make an otherwise normal survey more fun and engaging, we began it with questions to allow participants to determine their personality type out of the “Big Five” and to therefore determine which Star Wars character they were. The survey was incentivised with a Star Wars Lego print and tickets to see the Star Wars exhibition at the O2.
Doll method: 16 people stopped by the stand participated sharing their thoughts about the statement ‘what makes a student hard to reach?’ Considering the relative depth of the question we were asking in a really busy route through college at lunchtime - managed to get quite a few comments – most of which was insightful and relevant.