EPSRC Our Health

Sensing in the Community

Sensing in the Community is a new 20-credit, optional, Semester 2 course. It has been designed as an interdisciplinary cross college course offered ONLY to 2nd year undergraduate students enrolled on degree programmes in the Schools of Engineering and Chemistry, Health in Social Sciences and the Deanery of Biomedical Sciences.

Sensing in the Community has been designed as part of the wider EPSRC 'Our Health' Interdisciplinary Research Programme. Students will form interdisciplinary research teams and work together to investigate research questions around health and wellbeing that have been codesigned with 'Our Health' patient and local community partners.



Sensing in The Community at the Learning and Teaching Conference, 2023

Sensing in the Community delievered a panel session at the Learning and Teaching Conference 2023. The panel included Drs Stewart Smith and Helen Szoor-McElhinney and Christina Lou (members of the teaching team) Anne Ritchie (Founder of the Cheyne Gang) and Declan Moran (a Biomedical Science 2nd year undergraduate) who took the course.

This video introduces the course and the learning activities, as well as the background engagement with the community partners. 

The panel reflect upon their experience of the course and how the partnership between the students and the community group achieved mutual benefit. 

Panel session video


 The Our Health projects are an excellent example of patient-centred research. They are led by our superb students from interdisciplinary subject areas across the University. I want to see the University engaging ever more deeply with the community, the city and the public.

Peter MathiesonPrincipal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Edinburgh