The following, drawing on extracts from the University’s 2017 TEF submission, gives an outline of our approach to developing the links between teaching and research. We would very much like to publish some short University case studies on research inspired teaching – please get in touch with Carolyn Nisbet, if you would like to produce a case study for us.
Developing Research Skills: Linking Teaching and Research
Our Learning and Teaching Strategy commits us to induct all students into research-informed academic communities of the University, both by engaging with the academic research and scholarship of others, understanding research processes, methods, ethics and engaging in their own research, usually through a final year independent research project. We also ensure that courses at level 6 consistently demonstrate alignment with the FHEQ by engaging our students with current, relevant research in their discipline. Students recognise and value our approach, with an outstanding NSS score of 87% of students agreeing or strongly agreeing with the statement ‘my learning has benefitted from modules that are informed by current research’ compared with a top quartile score of 81%.
Examples of curriculum related projects include:
- Archaeology students participate in a “live” excavation research project designed to provide answers to nationally identified research questions
- English students are engaged in e-editing early modern manuscripts or texts
- Experimental Animation students conduct action based research working with external organisations to raise awareness of social issues
- Creative Writing students work with the National Trust on a range of projects to better engage the public with the historical stories associated with local Trust properties
- History students have worked with two Heritage Lottery funded community groups and a community historian to publish a book with History Press.