Research impact stories

Read our short stories about how our past and ongoing research work has had enhancement effects in a variety of educational fields for students, teachers, policy-makers, evaluators, managers and educational technologists and developers.

Enhancing learning by targeting learner needs

The application of research by Don Passey using strategic evaluation, learning framework analyses, and a new concept of MEGAcognition, has increased focus on the importance of process and context, to develop, customise and implement more appropriate educational resources through digital technologies.

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Improving policy through better evaluative research

Research led by Murray Saunders has played an influential role in the development and implementation of educational policy in the UK and in strengthening evaluation practice worldwide, for example, through the EvalPartners initiative.

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Social practice theory applied in three domains

Roni Bamber, Murray Saunders and Paul Trowler edited the third volume of their trilogy which uses the version of social practice theory developed by the Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation. It has been applied to HE issues of the enhancement of teaching and learning, the reconceptualisation of evaluative practices, and the Tribes and Territories analogy.

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"Laddish" behaviour and learner engagement

Carolyn Jackson has conducted extensive research on ‘laddish’ behaviour and learner engagement in secondary schools. The research has been utilised by UK Government Departments and included as a core aspect of the OCR A/S Level Sociology syllabus.

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Sustainability initiatives in Higher Education

The Ecoversity programme at Bradford University reviewed and changed many aspects of university life with a goal of sustainable development. Senior academics at Bradford made extensive use of aspects of socio-cultural theory developed by members of the Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation.

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Directions and strategy of e-learning in the Wolverhampton Local Authority

Don Passey has undertaken research and evaluation work with local authorities over a period of many years, for example, with Wolverhampton Local Authority (LA) where he has completed a succession of research and evaluation studies to inform and influence the directions and strategy of e-learning in the LA, and to support teachers in schools with e-learning practices.

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Simulation based medical education

Armineh Shahoumian combined her doctoral research with work as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) research associate. She worked as a participant observer helped to develop learning activities and also to review the processes involved in this type of learning for students and facilitators.

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Literacy in policy and practice

Mary Hamilton has conducted internationally influential research on adult literacy since 1995. Examples of the utilistation of Mary's research include the UK Government's Skills for Life (SfL) policy and practice, and UNESCO's Global Literacy Challenge.

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NEETS (young people not in education, employment or training)

Researchers in the Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning have undertaken studies in this field since 2007, exploring how digital technologies are used by young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), and how they can be used by those supporting them.

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Inclusive curriculum design and delivery

Ann-Marie Houghton's practice and research on inclusive curriculum in Higher Education has been disseminated to national and international audiences.

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Student engagement in Higher Education

Paul Trowler and Vicki Trowler conducted wide-ranging research about student engagement in higher education and widely disseminated their findings in a variety of contexts.

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Academic tribes and territories

Paul Trowler continues to develop the tribes and territories thesis which now incorporates the social practice approach to the topic.

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Data management in schools

Don Passey has been exploring ways that data management systems in schools operate, how they are used and how they could be enhanced to support teacher needs since 2002.

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