The HEREN Spring symposium was a successful event held on the 10th May 2012 in the beautiful Craighouse Campus at Edinburgh Napier University. The symposium brought together staff engaged in education research from across the institution and beyond to share projects and network. The event also welcomed staff new to research and a few new connections were made, hopefully to work on new projects.
The new Vice Principal (Academic) Professor Alistair Sambell, welcomed delgates to the symposium and shared his vision for a vibrant education research community contributing to enhancing the student experience at Edinburgh Napier.
Dr Keith Smyth, Senior Teaching Fellow and Senior Lecturer presented the keynote, giving an overview of the landscape of education research in Scotland. This keynote presented findings from a survey of education research Keith participated in with colleagues from across Scotland. This was set against our activity at Edinburgh Napier and it was encouraging to see how our activity complemented that of the wider sector.
Parallel sessions allowed delegates the opportunity to hear about some of the education research projects from across the institution and provided the ideal opportunity to discuss the “how to” of research as well as the implications of the findings. Many of the projects were presented by staff who undertook projects as part of their PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education or Masters in Blended and Online Learning. The Edinburgh Napier Teaching Fellows were also well represented as a number of projects supported by the Teaching Fellow Development Grants were also showcased.
The closing plenaries were given by Dr Karen Aitchison and Professor Mark Huxham, who both challenged us to look towards to taking education research forward at Edinburgh Napier. Both were inspiring and uplifting, a perfect close to such an event… not forgetting the cheese and wine!
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HEREN is the Hub for Education Research at Edinburgh Napier University. To find out more about what we do please visit the HEREN website