Strategic projects

Anglia Learning & Teaching Strategic Projects offer members of ARU staff the opportunity to engage in intensive, small-scale pedagogic research projects with full support from the Centre.

Dr Toby Carter

Dr Toby Carter (Faculty of Science and Engineering) joined CIHE in April 2019. His 15-week funded strategic project will focus on improving the use of data to support student success, drawing on good practice from within ARU and other higher education institutes. 

Dr Beatriz Acevedo

Dr Beatriz Acevedo (Faculty of Business and Law, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) joined CIHE for a 15-week funded strategic project focused on design thinking, a key CIHE research strand, in January 2019. In this project, Beatriz worked in collaboration with Dr Michelle Fava (Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation, Judge Business School) to develop teaching and learning materials for a potential Ruskin module on design thinking. The aim of their pilot module was to integrate ideas from the Active Curriculum, the Employability Strategy and the spirit of Ruskin modules into a practical module where students engaged in 'Big Questions' and real world issues, documenting their experience and enhancing their creative and problem solving skills using design thinking methodology. This module ran in Cambridge during SEM 2 2018/19.

Her final report, Design Thinking, was published in September 2019.

Beatriz shares her ongoing work through a variety of blogs, workshops, video presentations (below) and on Twitter.

  • Introduction to Design Thinking module 
  • Design Thinking: mixing analogue to digital tools

George Evangelinos

In April 2018, we welcomed George Evangelinos, Senior Learning Technologist for the Faculty of Medical Science (FMS) and an ARU Teaching Fellow to the Centre for Innovation in Higher Education (CIHE) for a 15-week funded strategic project ‘ARU+ Transforming the lives of learners’. The project focused on the staged introduction of a design approach in documenting the interactions of learners with the various ‘learning opportunities’ offered by the institution in terms of both the formal curriculum and co-curricular attainments and activities.