University of Suffolk Joins Cutting-Edge VR Project to Boost Soft Skills

University of Suffolk Joins Cutting-Edge VR Project to Boost Soft Skills

In an exciting leap towards innovative education, the University of Suffolk has been selected to participate in a prestigious transatlantic research project aimed at enhancing soft skills through virtual reality (VR). This groundbreaking initiative, spearheaded by Carnegie Mellon University and Bodyswaps, a renowned soft skills training platform, is set to transform how students prepare for real-world challenges.

Pioneering VR in Education

The University of Suffolk, along with 24 other business schools in the UK and the US, will be integrating VR technology to help students improve essential soft skills such as public speaking and job interviews. This project will see the university receive two additional VR headsets, further expanding its capabilities in this innovative field.

The University of Suffolk began incorporating VR headsets into its curriculum in the spring of last year. Since then, the technology has been a game-changer, particularly for students who struggle with confidence in public speaking and interview scenarios. The VR environment offers a safe space for these students to practice and refine their skills.

Expanding Educational Horizons

Starting at the end of this month, the six-month project will enable the University of Suffolk to broaden its educational modules. New areas of focus will include customer service, equity, diversity and inclusion, leadership, management, and healthcare. By integrating VR into these modules, students will gain practical, hands-on experience that is critical in today's job market.

Amy Carpenter, Head of Careers at the university, highlighted the significance of this initiative: "Embracing VR technology has been a great way of developing the soft skills of our students who need more support." The immersive nature of VR allows for a more engaging and effective learning experience, which can significantly boost student confidence and competence.

Real-World Impact

Students who have already had the opportunity to use the Bodyswaps technology are singing its praises. Conor O'Leary, a computing student, shared his experience: "I found using the Bodyswaps technology to be really useful and it has helped me hone my skills in presentations and interviews, which will be invaluable for the future."

A Broader Vision for VR in Education

The University of Suffolk's involvement in this project is part of a larger trend of incorporating VR into educational and professional training. From spotting dyslexia through VR systems designed by schoolgirls to musicians with disabilities embracing VR for performance, the technology is opening up new avenues for learning and development.

Furthermore, VR is revolutionizing workplace training by providing realistic, interactive simulations that prepare individuals for various scenarios they might encounter on the job. This project with Carnegie Mellon University and Bodyswaps is another step towards a future where VR plays a central role in education and professional development.


The University of Suffolk's participation in this innovative VR project marks a significant advancement in how soft skills are taught and developed. By leveraging the immersive power of VR, the university is preparing its students for success in an increasingly complex and demanding world. As this six-month project unfolds, it promises to deliver transformative results that will benefit students long into their careers. This initiative not only highlights the university’s commitment to cutting-edge education but also underscores the profound potential of VR technology in shaping the future of learning.

*Information was partly from BBC News, Suffolk*

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