Modelling pedagogic research in HE and FE Conference is a Collaborative Enhancement Project supported and funded by QAA Membership. The project is led by University of Bath in partnership with Askham Bryan College, Barnsley College, Leeds Trinity University and University of Hull. Find out more about Collaborative Enhancement Projects on the QAA website.
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Project Summary

Institutions across higher education (HE) often grapple with challenges of tackling quality issues that are informed by the literature and exemplars of good practice. This is even more exacerbated in further education (FE), who often have fewer resources and staff with the capacity, skills, experience or resources to take scholarly informed approaches to quality matters. A few institutions across the sector and internationally have created pedagogic research centres to address this, often at the cost of significant investment but most in FE and HE lack this capacity. So how can we create an environment to foster pedagogic research informed decision making on quality matters that is self-sustaining? This project has been working on unpicking these challenges and to create a model approach and exemplars which both FE and HE can use to address quality matters.


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QAA project led by members of University of Bath, University of Hull, Leeds Trinity University, Barnsley College and Askham Bryan College



About the Conference

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Institutions across HE and FE often grapple with challenges of tackling quality issues that are informed by the literature and exemplars of good practice. This is even more exacerbated with limited resources and staff lacking the capacity, skills, or experience to take scholarly informed approaches to quality matters. To address this challenge, this project conference will showcase the work of a QAA funded consortium of HE and FE providers. The HE/FE consortium has developed a model for promoting a sustainable pedagogic research community that can be applied across the HE/FE sector.

This conference will demonstrate the development of the pedagogic research model and highlight some case studies across the HE and FE partners, based around their own experiences. Contributions are also invited from across the FE and HE sector to share their work, experiences and personal stories on how they have taken a literature informed approach to institutional decision-making processes covering, but not restricted to the following themes:Leed Trinity Logo

  • Examples of developing a pedagogic research community or culture
  • Challenges or experiences of developing or promoting scholarly research skills in HE or FE
  • Personal experiences of engaging in pedagogic research in an HE or FE setting
  • Examples of taking literature informed institutional quality decisions
  • Other contributions relating to the development, promotion or application of pedagogic research-related decision making

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Project Paper Reporting

To follow

Recorded Session

7th June 2023, Recorded Conference

The programme

Took place online on Wednesday 7th June 09:30am - 12:00pm

09:30 – 09:45   Welcome Introduction and Overview – Dr Paul Chin, Head of Learning & Teaching, Centre for Learning & Teaching, University of Bath
09:45 – 10:25   Project Reporting

Paper 1: Professor Graham Scott, University of Hull - The role of an academic development centre in Scholarship of teaching and Learning based institutional decision making.

Paper 2: Dr Katherine Lupton, Leeds Trinity University- A framework for identifying contract cheating for transnational education partners.

Paper 3: Dr Paul Chin, University of Bath – Developing digital assessment practices.

Paper 4: Dan Connelly, Barnsley College – Q&A: Engaging in pedagogic research, a personal perspective.


10:25 – 10:40 Gauging sector wider practices community feedback session 
10:40 – 11:00 Comfort Break
11:00 – 11:50 Discussion and workshop: Fostering pedagogic research communities.
11:50 - 12:00 Next Steps and Close: Dr Paul Chin