Research & Scholarly Activity Event

Filed Under (General, Research) by elearning4bradford on 26-03-2010

On Thursday I travelled to the Engineering Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (engCETL) at Loughborough University to speak at the Higher Education Academy’s Scholarly Activity Workshop. This was the second of three events, the first was in Stockport and the third will be in Bristol, run by Angus Carpenter, Research Centre Manager at City College Norwich and Becky Turner, Educational Researcher at the University of Plymouth.

The aim of the series of workshops is to ‘develop and enhance the practice and management of scholarly activity and research within Further Education Colleges’. Barbara Edwards from the QAA opened the proceedings looking at the challenges of building a research ethos.

My presentation looked at the development of the research agenda across Bradford college giving examples from our TQEF cohort of projects, explaining our use of our home-grown virtual research environment, outlining our use of research support staff such as academic liaison librarians, and of course talking about the BAR conference. It was well received with a lot of people asking questions both in the session but also later on throughout the day.

My presentation was followed by a very well constructed assessment of scholarly activity and its benefits by Jim Logan from Blackpool and the Fylde College. After lunch Angus was joined by Neil Witt, Head of Technology Enhanced Learning again at University of Plymouth, and they looked at aspects of project management and most interestingly how to attract funding from a range of different agencies. Next up was Becky, helped by Phil Lester of the Higher Education Academy, who looked at the support that is provided by Regional Support Centres, and also Phil outlined the HEA’s professional recognition scheme of associates, fellows and senior fellows. The issue of linking with the Institute for Learning, raised by an audience question, was discussed. The day concluded with a short plenary session that rounded off the event on a positive note.

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