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Our activities and events


  • Internal and external promotion of the latest research, good practice, and other Ped Res activities and outputs
  • Collate and disseminate Faculty/Institute Ped Res conferences and publications
  • Ped Res methodology/methods case studies
  • Develop a Digital Hub of pedagogic strands illustrated by case studies
  • Improved institutional staff directory/profile database to include research interest search
  • Audit pedagogic research and innovation across our institution
  • Liaise with RIDO to enhance institutional REF contribution
  • Undertake institutional impact evaluations
  • Develop ethics discussion paper leading to institutional support (especially the use of student data)
  • Support and encourage colleagues in, or transitioning into Ped Res (e.g., via PGCert/LTiP, and during appraisal season)
  • Bring teaching, research, and practice together for knowledge exchange
  • Identify, promote, and share ARU Ped Res activities and expertise internally via Faculty Liaison with DDE/DLTA and DDR/DoR, and school meetings
  • Identify, promote, and share ARU Ped Res activities and expertise (inter)nationally
  • Environmental scan of LTA funding opportunities including research funding (e.g., SRHE)
  • Support/mentor colleagues with Ped Res activities and publications
  • Support/mentors for ECRs and ECTs
  • Build relationships with national bodies and organisations (e.g., SRHE, Advance HE, SEDA, PLA (Playful Learning Association), ALT (Association for Learning Technology, WonkHE)
  • Look for and respond to sector collaborative LTA projects (e.g., AdvanceHE, OfS, QAA, SRHE)

Specific Activities:

  • Manage, support, and promote Education Sabbaticals
  • Engage in professional enquiry
  • Develop and support key initiatives pedagogically (e.g., Race Equality Strategy, Ruskin Modules (RMs))
  • Build in impact mechanisms and carry out Impact Evaluations as indicators of pathways to impact (such as with Active Curriculum Framework, RMs)
  • Support faculties in developing their own Ped Res programmes/centres (e.g., FBL)
  • Support colleagues during their Ped Res journey by linking activities to different stages of career development

Regular Timetabled Activities:

  • TeachMeets (online or face-to-face)
  • Monthly lunch-time transformative conversations
  • Monthly interactive Open Studios Sandpit meetings [open to local/national colleagues and organisations] discussing a topic and with facilitated support
  • Monthly Ped Res meetings
    • Record presentations for editing and dissemination in a variety of formats
  • Monthly drop-in writing cafés
  • Trimester Writing Retreats (full day)
  • Trimester Academic Writing workshops (2 hours)
    • Getting published
    • Managing rejection
  • Workshops in Ped Res methodologies (e.g., NVivo training workshops in qualitative data analysis)
  • Transitioning into Ped Res workshops
  • Ped Res (Engage) Conference with Ped Res focus
  • Ped Res theme/strand at ARU Research Conference

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