Case study: Teams

Communication with Teams

Jess Macbeth – Senior Lecturer, School of Sport and Health Sciences


There are over 130 students registered on a range of postgraduate research programmes within the School. Attending events on campus and meeting other students face-to-face can be problematic for some, particularly Professional Doctorate, part-time and off-campus students.


As part of the School’s aim to develop a stronger research culture amongst all of postgraduate research students, wherever they are based, it was decided to trial the use of Microsoft Teams to develop an online ‘space’ for students to interact and access key information. Within the Sport & Wellbeing Postgraduate Research Student Team, channels for different topics such as ‘Research Methods’, ‘School Seminar Series’, ‘Conferences and events’, ‘Key dates and deadlines’,’ Student discussion space’ etc were set up within Microsoft Teams. Within each channel students and staff could engage in conversations around the specific topic, upload relevant files (including video) and make use of a range of other apps.


The School is developing the content and plans to pilot this with a small group of students before launching the Team to all PGR students in November 2017. It’s hoped that this will help develop a stronger research culture amongst postgraduate students and staff over the coming academic year.