CIHE themes

The Centre for Innovation in Higher Education drives research-informed innovations in learning, teaching and assessment to improve student outcomes. We create and contribute to pedagogic research and scholarship across ARU, and beyond.

Key pedagogies

Our key pedagogies are transformative and inclusive.

These may include:

  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Students as producers and researchers
  • Employability, authentic learning, and professional learning
  • Decolonising the curriculum
  • Student wellbeing and belonging
  • Sustainability
  • Online, distance and technology-enhanced learning 
  • Work and practice-based learning


  • Active Learning and student engagement
  • Creative
  • Playful
  • Different modes of learning (blended/hybrid, hyflex, distance, work- and practice-based)
  • 'Personalised' learning
  • Artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR)
  • Responding to new and emerging pedagogies 

Recent projects

Impact evaluations of institutional initiatives:



  • Simon Pratt-Adams, Uwe Richter and Mark Warnes, 2020. Innovations in Active Learning in Higher Education, published by Fulcrum (University of Michigan Press) and University of Sussex
  • Innovative and Transformative Pedagogies: Interdisciplinary approaches and breadth curricula in Higher Education (with the Ruskin Module Research Community)