Students awarded further funding to develop innovative mobile app

A team from the University of Leicester has been announced as Summer of Student Innovation winners, bagging funding and support develop their edtech idea in collaboration with Jisc – a UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions. The team had already secured £2,000 of funding at an earlier stage in the annual competition.

Following a four day Jisc run ‘design sprint’ based on a technique developed by Google, the students went head-to-head to persuade the judges in a Dragon’s Den-style pitch, and a team from our School of Museum Studies came out on top.

As well as extra funding, the team will also get first-hand experience of creative design, research, entrepreneurism and project management. The winning ideas all aim to solve big problems in the education sector that the students have experienced themselves.

The team, comprising four Master’s students, entered a proposed mobile app which creates an online crowdsourced archive and library to make documents more accessible to students, researchers and the wider public.

The app, called arHive: the collective archive, will help users take standardised high-quality scans of documents designed to support the digitisation process and to tie this wealth of digital content directly to the institution’s online presence.

A video of the students explaining the project is available at:


Watch a video about the School of Museum Studies here: