Only Connect: Education and Research for a Challenging World. Dec 2018
In December 2018, we hosted a guest lecture, 'Only Connect: Education and Research for a Challenging World'.
For this lecture we welcomed Professor Dilly Fung, Pro-Director for Education, London School of Economics, and Jane Taylor, Professor of Plant Science at Lancaster University and currently Dean for Academic Quality, as they explored the role of research for teaching in higher education.
In a recent Times Higher Education article “Are teaching and research mutually exclusive?”, Jack Grove questioned the merits of the research-led teaching concept, the article argued that research and teaching are both time intensive and demanding vocations, and conflating the two dilutes their individual importance. Additionally, he noted that with ever-increasing class sizes and the multiple and increasing demands on students, academics and the curriculum, there is the wider question of role research actually plays in the university experience and futures of undergraduate education.
In her book ‘The Connected Curriculum” (Fung, 2017), Professor Fung explores the complexity of the connections between teaching, learning, research and higher education. In this lecture she argued that in an increasingly challenging and complex world the benefits are multiple, from creating wider and more interesting and critical pedagogic conversations, through to providing transformational educational opportunities which impact both the student and wider society. Taking a Lancaster University perspective Professor Taylor responded as she reflected on her experience promoting research in her own teaching experience o along with the challenges and benefits along with the challenges and benefits for the Lancaster student experience.
Watch their lectures from the links below: