HEFCE award for student led research

Posted on Monday 9th January 2017
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The University of Bolton is delighted to announce that it has successfully won a HEFCE innovation in learning and teaching fund award.

The award, secured by Dr Duncan Cross and Dr Julie Prescott, has earned six undergraduate bursaries for second year full time students. The project “Student Led Technology, Enhanced Learning and Teaching” will research how students use technology for learning, and develop and evaluate interventions created by the students. The year-long student appointments are to be made next month.

HEFCE is supporting projects from a broad range of higher education institutions and further education colleges across England.  A total of sixty-seven universities and colleges have been awarded £2.8 million to develop small-scale experimental innovations in learning and teaching.

These projects have successfully bid for up to £50,000 each from the Catalyst Fund to develop innovations in learning and teaching for either undergraduate or postgraduate taught provision.

The projects will develop and evaluate small-scale, experimental innovations with specific cohorts of learners. Projects will run for a period of 18 months.

‘I am delighted that the University of Bolton has been successful in securing funding from HEFCE to support innovation in learning and teaching,’ said Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience and Transformation) Dr. Ebrahim Adia.

‘As a Teaching Intensive Research Informed University our focus is on delivering teaching excellence and this includes deploying learning technologies to help students learn on their own terms.  I would like to congratulate Duncan and Julie on their successful bid and wish them every success with the project.’

Active student engagement is a key aspect of the projects’ approach. The projects address a wide variety of themes including learning analytics, interdisciplinary learning, academic and employability skills, peer-assisted learning, assessment and student co-creation of learning resources.

HEFCE will work with the projects to support their networking, evaluation and dissemination, so that the innovations and lessons learnt are shared with other providers across the whole higher education sector.