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Developing research-driven curricula at UHI

Workshop for colleagues who are participating in the 'Developing research-driven curricula at UHI' project. To be facilitated by Michael Rayner, Dean of Research, and Keith Smyth, Professor of Pedagogy.

Facilitators Michael Rayner (Dean of Research) and Keith Smyth (Professor of Pedagogy)

Outline of session

The purpose of this workshop was to provide initial support for colleagues who are participating in the 'Developing research-driven curricula at UHI' initiative, or who may be interested in participating in this project. The focus of the project was on supporting a small number of module and programme teams in further developing and embedding research-based activities within learning, teaching and assessment. This includes in particular approaches that engage students as active researchers and scholars working in partnership with peers, local communities, and industry. 

The workshop explored the background and rationale for the project, and proposed timeline of activities including evaluating and disseminating best practice. Participants had the opportunity to share their current practice and experience, and to start scoping potential enhacements to how they embed 'student as researcher' activities within their modules and programmes.

To find out more about the project itself, and to register for this workshop, please e-mail

Presenter bios

Michael Rayner is UHI’s first Dean of Research and took up his post in 2010.  He is responsible for a broad range of research-related activities, including all aspects of PGR student/supervisor support (via the UHI Graduate School), and he was institutional lead for the University’s highly successful 2014 REF submission.  He has held posts at the Universities of Strathclyde and Edinburgh, and also a seconded role at the SFC as Assistant Director of Research Policy and Strategy, between 2008 and 2009.  Michael is an expert in the UK research assessment processes and is chair of the Scottish-based REF Managers’ group. He has previously been involved in both national and international research policy developments, and represented Scottish (and broader UK) interests as part of the Bologna Process of European Higher Education reform (Doctoral Programmes Project).

Keith Smyth is Professor of Pedagogy at the university, and leads the Learning and Teaching Academy. Keith works with colleagues across the university on strategic learning and teaching developments, funded projects and supporting staff to engage in educational research. Much of this work is taken forward through the activities of the LTA. Keith has particular interests in co-creative pedagogies and curriculum models, open education, technology-enhanced learning, educational strategy and policy, and developing pedagogic research and scholarship. He has written and presented widely in these areas, and has undertaken funded projects for organisations including the Higher Education Academy, Jisc, Scottish Funding Council and NHS