Bringing Research and Teaching Together

  • Date: 24 Nov 2006
  • Location/venue: Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London

‘Undergraduate research’ is taken to be a form of curriculum / learning that is most strongly based in US higher education: the Research Councils UK Executive Group and the Higher Education Academy sponsored a Conference on Research & Teaching to learn from this US experience of the research culture and the undergraduate curriculum.

The Higher Education Academy and the Research Councils UK Executive Group held a joint conference in London on 24 November on 'Bringing research and teaching together'.  Attended by some 80 delegates including Pro-Vice-Chancellors, Directors of Learning and Teaching, National Teaching Fellows and CETL and Subject Centre Directors, it focused on exploring links between research and undergraduate teaching programmes; learning from the UK and US experiences of linking research and teaching; and developing ideas and strategies to take this agenda forward in the UK.
The keynote speakers included Professor Ian Diamond, Chair of the Research Councils UK Executive Group; Professor Paul Ramsden, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Academy; and Dr Rosemary Haggett of the National Science Foundation, Washington, USA.
One of the main themes addressed was how the effective relationship between the UK Research Councils and higher education institutions could be developed to ensure that an effective research culture is developed in the undergraduate curriculum, and that an increasing diversity of students enter postgraduate research programmes.

Five parallel sessions examined case studies of UK undergraduate research opportunities, showcasing discipline, institutional and national programmes.

Post event information

Biolog-e and other UK Undergraduate Research E-Journals (PPT 1.3MB)
Celia Knight, University of Leeds

Cambridge University's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (PPT 101KB)
Hugh Shercliff

The Nuffield Foundation's Undergraduate Research Bursaries in Science (PPT 1.5MB)
Vicki Hughes

Research Councils UK Vacation Research Bursaries (PPT 111 KB)
Ian Lyne

Imperial College's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (PPT 1.4MB)
Adrian Hawksworth & Martyn Kingsbury

The University of Reading's CETL in Applied Undergraduate Research Skills (PPT 1.2MB)
John Creighton

Case studies were also presented from University College London, the University of Manchester, the University of Warwick, Oxford Brookes University, and the University of Gloucestershire.

The day closed with a panel discussion on 'Bringing research and teaching together: the way forward', chaired by Paul Ramsden and including Ian Lyne (Research Councils UK), Rama Thirunamachandran (Director, Research and Knowledge Transfer at the Higher Education Funding Council for England), Professor Andrea Nolan (Vice Principal, Learning & Teaching at the University of Glasgow) and Professor Roger Brown (Vice-Chancellor of Southampton Solent University).  It generated many useful ideas on what the sector should be doing to develop the research-teaching nexus, which will inform the Academy's work over the coming year.

Download the keynote presentations:

The Relationship between Research and Training (PPT 1.8MB)
Ian Diamond

The US National Science Foundation: The Undergraduate Curriculum and Undergraduate Research (PPT 2.3MB)
Rosemary Haggett

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