The impact of the shifting UK HE landscape on learning and teaching

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The last 2 years has seen significant reforms in higher education across the four nations of the UK, unprecedented for a generation. In 2013 the research and policy team, at the HEA, commissioned the first phase of research, looking at the shifting UK HE landscape, and funded 3 projects which will be reporting in the first half of 2014.

The Academy is now inviting proposals for new research relating to this theme. We invite proposals for research under the following strands:

  • How has the status of teaching changed in institutions in the context of an increased emphasis on teaching excellence in national HE policy?;
  • Are there any early signs that the diversification and reconfiguration of higher education providers is resulting in an improved student learning experience?;
  • Transitions into undergraduate education from schools and colleges and returning adult learners;
  • The changing nature of postgraduate study: how, if at all, might curriculum and the support of learning for postgraduate (PGT and PGR) provision be changing?;
  • Foundation degrees and work-based learning;
  • Barriers to part-time learning in the new HE landscape.

 The open call is now closed.

To apply, please refer to the call documents below

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Through commissioning specific pieces of research, facilitating discussion and generating debate across the sector, the HEA will examine whether and how the student learning experience is being enhanced.


Further activities relating to the theme include:

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The open call is now closed.