Vol 5, No 1 (2017)


URICA - Undergraduate Research: Inspire, Challenge and Achieve.


We are happy to bring you the fifth volume of URICA, the first University of Northampton undergraduate journal. This year has been particularly exciting, as for the first time exceptional dissertations from the newly formed Faculty of Education and Humanities have been reviewed and selected. This collaborative and interdisciplinary approach has expanded not only the editorial team but created a platform for the expression of diverse research methodologies, methods and styles of presentation.

All pieces of work in this volume represent raising awareness of the past being deeply interconnected with the future. Indeed the two historical perspectives from Sophie D’Arcy and Richard Lancaster exemplify wider conflicts of identity and diversity. William Mann in his dissertation explores the ways in which the BNP use Christian themes in a number of historical sources. Since its inception in 2013, URICA has showcased dissertations that address inclusive educational issues. The dissertations of Annabel Cook, Maria Craig and Amanda Dowling present findings that can be used in educational settings to improve the well-being of children and families. Similarly Amanda Marshall’s work provides fascinating insights into the need to establish channels of engagement with ‘hard working parents’. Finally, using a qualitative secondary research strategy Zoe Richardson’s examines mathematical variation and notions of success for pupils to become mathematically fluent. While we have not included exemplars from English and Creative Writing programmes in this volume, it is anticipated that contributions will be put forward for review in the coming year.

The publication this year has successfully stretched the boundaries for undergraduate dissertation representations. As the University of Northampton looks forward to moving to a new Waterside Campus in 2018, the network and remit of URICA is again likely to grow. We hope and believe that URICA will continue to facilitate the research work of those who seek to ‘Inspire, Challenge and Achieve’.


Editorial Board:Dr Emel Thomas, Dr Paul Bracey, Dr Mark Rotherty, Elenora Teszenyi, Helen Troy, Dr Saneeya Quereshi, Elaine Batchelor, Dr Cristina Devecchi, Wendy Turner, Paul Sedgwick, Andrew Smith.

Table of Contents


A Perfect Partnership? Issues surrounding parental engagement for working parents PDF
Amanda Campbell-Marshall
SLD PMLD Sibling Life Impact Birth Order PDF
Annabel Cook
Well-being for ASD PDF
Maria Craig
The Role of Work in the Construction of Working Class Women's Identities in Interwar Britain PDF
Sophie D'Arcy
Strategies used and challenges encountered in supporting pupils with English as an additional language, in primary science PDF
Amanda Dowling
Christian Identity and Fascism: A Case Study of the New Christian Crusade Church, 1971 – 1982 PDF
Richard Lancaster
Jesus in Jackboots: The British National Party’s dynamic view and utilization of religion between 1999 and 2014 PDF
William Mann
The effectiveness of variation as part of the Mastery approach to teaching primary Mathematics PDF
Zoe Richardson