The untapped potential of pedagogic research

LEaD are thrilled to announce that Tansy Jessop, Professor of Research Informed Teaching at Solent University will be joining us to celebrate the launch of the LEaDER Centre at City, University of London.

Tansy will give the keynote at the launch event next Tuesday (8th January) on the untapped potential of pedagogic research.


This talk explores the potential of pedagogic research to influence the very fabric of a university by changing how we think about teaching and how we teach. In every other aspect of university life, disciplinary academics rely on evidence: reading, thinking and generating new knowledge to stay fresh and alive to developments in their field, yet research about teaching is done by a few enthusiasts and treated like a nice-to-have hobby. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) movement has spawned a multi-disciplinary community of these enthusiasts, whose efforts are valiant and variable. Until relatively recently, respect for pedagogic research has been relatively low, somewhat unrewarded by the REF, and scorned by ‘proper’ researchers. The talk examines why, what has changed, how pedagogic researchers can contend for space at the top table, and why LEaDER’s research centre is a brilliant idea. In summing up, I will share insights and strategies from Solent in pursuit of developing academic writing and research. These have had some success in advancing the pedagogic research culture and improving teaching.

The LEaDER centre has been launched as a space for staff at City engaged in pedagogic educational research undertaken across the University. The centre will provide an environment for staff to develop project ideas, collaborate and share good practice.

The launch event will demonstrate how to engage with LEaDER and access expertise when undertaking educational research and publications.

Come along to the launch event to find out about the projects the centre are currently involved in and explore ways to develop your own educational research projects and collaborate with others at City.

  • 4pm – Welcome and introduction: Professor Andrew Jones, Vice-President (Research & Enterprise), City, University of London
  • 4.15pm – Keynote speaker: Professor Tansy Jessop, Professor of Research Informed Teaching, Solent University
  • 5.15pm – Overview of the centre: Professor Susannah Quinsee, Director of Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD) & Professor Pam Parker, Deputy Director of Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD)
  • 5.30pm – Drinks reception & networking

Find out more and sign-up to attend

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