Student Curriculum Projects

What is the Student Curriculum Project?

Smarter Travel Campus Programme has been introduced into a number of third level institutions with the inclusion of a Smarter Travel Project into a course curriculum. 

To date, Smarter Travel Projects have been very diverse, serving the purpose of a specific course and allowing for flexibility to suit each participating campus.  Previous years have seen the introduction of Smarter Travel themed projects into a number of curricula such as health, sport, well-being, leisure management, engineering, health promotion, radio production, multimedia, music technology and production courses.

Projects can take many forms such as Smarter Travel themed initiatives, Smarter Travel activities on campus (e.g. Student Cycles/walks/Car Sharing Projects) or presentations, design/promotional posters and research done in the area of smarter travel such as cycling/walking/public transport/car sharing. You can see some examples below.



Smarter Travel Campus introduced the Student Curriculum Project Awards to recognise both staff and students who have implemented or included a smarter travel themed project within their third level campuses.

There are two awards associated with the Student Curriculum project

The 1st recognises students who complete course projects to promote walking, cycling, public transport or car sharing. Find out more about 2017’s winning project from Aisling McGrath of Waterford Institute of Technology here.

Winner of the Smarter Travel Student Project was Aisling McGrath, Waterford Institute of Technology. Pictured from left to right are Aisling McGrath, WIT and Sharon Daly, Smarter Travel.

The 2nd acknowledges lecturers who incorporate the Smarter Travel curriculum project into their coursework. You can read more about how 2017’s winner Denise McEvoy from Limerick Institute of Technology brought sustainable travel into her coursework here.

Winner of the Smarter Travel Curriculum Development Project was Denise McEvoy, Limerick Institute of Technology. Pictured from left to right are Roisin Crowley, LIT (accepting the award on Denise’s behalf) and Sharon Daly, Smarter Travel.

The closing date for entries for the next awards is 2nd March 2018. Find out more here.

There is huge scope for further academic studies and projects to be entered such as GIS, movement mapping and animations, travel behaviour research, cycling/ parking studies – see how it could suit your course and enter!

Why Get Involved?

  • Experience working on a real life event
  • Recognition from a National organisation
  • Opportunity to enter their student project into the National Smarter Travel Awards
  • A good grade & free goodies to help promote your event


Project Examples


Bike Week March 2017

The bike week was run by Sports Development students as part of a sports leadership module (30%).

The class was divided into groups of 4 and each group was given a specific project to undertake which ultimately formed LIT’s Bike Week.

The marks were divided as follows:
Project proposal (5%)
Running the project (15%)
and Evaluation presentation (10%)


Health Promotion students ran Marchathon (Smart Travel Campus’ walking 10,000 step walking challenge) for staff & students in WIT

Health Promotion & Radio Production students created audio entries into the National Smarter Travel Awards. 


The UL Smarter Travel team organised a voluntary summer project in 2016 where students were offered the opportunity to learn how to 3D print and lasercut, and in turn develop Way Finding models to be used for public display on campus for use during the campus’ orientation programme at the beginning of each semester.

Four students studying architecture and product design participated.

The 3-D model above is the map they created as part of a campus navigation tool  –

“The project aimed to help students and visitors find their way around the UL campus and also advertising some Smarter Travel related information.”


3rd Year Civil Engineering Group: In groups, students carried out a case study for a location of their choice and produced an Active/ Sustainable Travel Plan.

The groups presented their findings and recommendations as part of a graded module assessment.

Students provided comprehensive feedback, showing some innovative solutions to issues as part of their studies.

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