Bringing our Research into Teaching

When great research and great teaching come together, we truly offer our students something special. 

Recently a team of academics from the School of Education developed a set of guidelines and associated case studies to showcase Research Intensive Teaching in the College of Social Sciences (CoSS). The project was funded through an Education Enhancement grant from the Higher Education Futures Institute (HEFI).

The Russell Group proudly acknowledges that their 'research-intensive, world-class universities play an important part in the intellectual life of the UK and have huge social, economic and cultural impacts locally, across the UK and around the globe.' As a part of this group, the University of Birmingham strives to offer innovative and inclusive research-intensive teaching in order to optimise student learning and prepare students for their futures.

In this film Tom Harrison (Reader, School of Education) explains what Research Intensive teaching is.

Research Intensive Teaching; What is it and why is it important?

You can find an overview of Research-Intensive Teaching and thirteen case studies, from colleagues representing all four schools and most of the departments in the College of Social Sciences in this publication Bringing our Research into Teaching: A Guide For Academics in the College of Social Sciences (PDF 622Kb). Tom Harrison, Celia Greenway, Mike McLinden, Sarah Chung).

In this film Celia Greenway (Director of Student Engagement for the University) explains why Research Intensive teaching is important.

In this film University of Birmingham PhD student Sarah Chung talks about research intensive teaching from the student’s perspective.

In this presentation, Professor Mike McLinden, provides a masterclass on the theory and practice of research-intensive teaching.

Bringing our Research into Teaching (PDF 632kB)

“The College of Social Science undertakes important, purposeful and high-quality research. It also delivers outstanding teaching.   When great research and teaching come together, we truly offer our students something special. 

While disciplinary traditions may influence the precise ways in which how research and teaching are integrated, the case studies provide a helpful window into the innovative research-intensive teaching that is being undertaken across the CoSS as a whole and therefore help to show ways in which a student’s engagement with research can take place at different points within a given pathway.

Professor Richard Black

Head of College of Social Sciences (CoSS)

Case studies of Research-Intensive Teaching in CoSS

Thirteen case studies about research intensive teaching in practice, written by academics in the College of Social Sciences.  They are designed to inspire and inform and provide an insight into how colleagues interpret research intensive teaching in their practice and also provide information to help you adapt the activities for your own teaching.

They have been framed around the following five types of research-intensive teaching.

  1. RL: Research Led - Learning about the research of others
  2. RO: Research Oriented - Learning about research processes
  3. RB: Research-Based -  Learning as researchers
  4. RT: Research Tutored - Learning through critiquing others' research
  5. SoTL: Enquiring and reflecting on teaching and learning

List of case studies

Recognising the realities of academic writing and learning thematic qualitative data analysis (PDF 196 Kb). Professor Mark NK Saunders, Professor of Business Research Methods, Department of Management, School of Business

Developing students as researchers: policy analysis case study (PDF 255 Kb). Dr Lee Gregory, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, School of Government

Online Learning and Research-Informed Teaching on the MA Character Education (PDF 262Kb). Paul Watts, Lecturer, Department of Education and Social Justice, School of Education

Practice-Based Research on the Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work (PDF 245kB). Anne-Marie Thérèse Glover, Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work and Social Care, School of Social Policy

Initial Teacher Education – How to ensure it is research intensive (PDF 240 Kb). Nicola Smith, Lecturer in Primary / Early Years Education, Department of Teacher Education, School of Education

Educational Leadership Masters Programmes – Research Intensive Professional Learning and Applied Social Science (PDF 201Kb). Tom Perry, Lecturer, Department of Teacher Education, School of Education

Research-led teaching and Digital Technology: MSc Dissertation project (PDF 220Kb). Karol Kosinski, Instructional Designer; Nathan Johnson, Senior Learning Technologist; Dr. Sarah-Jane Fenton, Lecturer in Mental Health Policy School of Social Policy and CoSS Birmingham Digital

Summer School on Governance and Mobility (PDF 199Kb). Dr. Louise Reardon, Lecturer, Institute of Local Government Studies, School of Government

The Impact of Physical Space on Innovation: An Example of Research Informed Teaching in Action (PDF 222Kb). Matt Thomas, Lecturer in Strategy and International Business; Joachim Timlon, Lecturer in Strategy and International Business, Department of Strategy and International Business, School of Business

Enquiring and reflecting on teaching and learning International Relations (IR) theory (PDF 132Kb). Dr. Haro Karkour, Teaching Fellow, Political Science and International Studies, School of Government

Learning about Scientific Method in Cognitive Educational Psychology (PDF 227Kb). Dr Catherine Darnell, Lecturer in Educational Psychology,  Department of Education and Social Justice, School of Education

Introducing students to Ontology and Epistemology through Research (PDF 221Kb). Dr Karin Bottom, Lecturer in Public Management and Politics, Institute of Local Government Studies, School of Government

Engaging BA Education students in research, enquiry and critical-thinking through research-based learning (PDF 188Kb). Dr Jawiria Naseem, Lecturer, Department of Education and Social Justice, School of Education

Resources

Bringing our Research into Teaching: A Guide For Academics in the College of Social Sciences (PDF 622Kb). Tom Harrison, Celia Greenway, Mike McLinden, Sarah Chung

Research Intensive Teaching and Learning (Canvas VLE) at the University of Birmingham.

Learn more

For more information, contact the projects office on hefi.projects@contacts.bham.ac.uk.