Exploring research-led teaching at Senate


In July 2017, Dr Amy Burge told Teaching Matters about research-led teaching and learning discussions at Senate in May 2017. 

At the end of May 2017, the University of Edinburgh held an open meeting of Senate (or Senatus Academicus to give it its full title). Senate is the University’s supreme academic body whose core function is to regulate and superintend the teaching and discipline of the University and to promote research. The Senate is chaired by the Principal & Vice-Chancellor.

Every meeting of Senate has a theme that relates to learning, teaching, and/or research and invites staff and students from around the University to share their practice and expertise. As such, Senate meetings are an excellent opportunity to learn more about University strategy and activity in a particular area.

The theme of Senate in May was research-led teaching. Senior staff, professors, lecturers, academic developers, and students offered presentations on their development and use of research-led teaching across the University’s Schools and Colleges. The presentations were recorded and you can watch them in full on Media Hopper by clicking on the links below.

Sarah Cunningham-Burley talkingIntroduction: Dimensions of Research-led learning and teaching by Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley, Assistant Principal, Research-led learning.

phil larkmanBSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences: inspiring students through research-rich learning and teaching by Dr Philip Larkman (Biomedical Sciences)

Meryl Kenny and James Bryson presentingDeveloping a student and research-led course by Dr Meryl Kenny (School of Social and Political Science) and James Bryson (Student, Politics).

Pete Higgins talkingCreating and delivering a research-led University-wide online course: presenting perspectives on sustainability, encouraging critical reflection by Professor Dave Reay (School of GeoSciences), Professor Pete Higgins (Moray House School of Education) and Vanessa Ombura (Student, Civil Engineering).

Velda McCune and Kate SaundersUsing educational research to inform our teaching by Dr Velda McCune (Institute for Academic Development) and Dr Kate Saunders (School of GeoSciences).

Next steps:

Find out more about Senate via the University of Edinburgh website.

Attend a future meeting of Senate – dates and themes are as follows:

  • Wednesday 7 February 2018, Wellcome Auditorium, Queen’s Medical Research Institute – theme: the University of Edinburgh and the city: community engagement.
  • Wednesday 30 May 2018, Swann Lecture Theatre, the King’s Buildings – theme: student experience: academic support beyond the personal tutor system.

Amy Burge

Dr Amy Burge is an Academic Developer working within the support team for tutors and demonstrators within the Institute for Academic Development. She provides training and resources for tutors and demonstrators from across the University, in particular those working in the humanities and social sciences.

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