CIHE's first six months

Simon Pratt-Adams

Category: Centre for Innovation in Higher Education

9 August 2018

The Centre for Innovation in Higher Education (CIHE) has been really busy in the last few months. We set up the infrastructure for the Centre in early 2018, including our webpage which went live in March 2018.

We’re also using Twitter to create a growing network of contacts within Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and beyond. Follow us @CIHE_ARU for all our latest news.

CIHE was formally launched on 10 July 2018 in Cambridge. Our Vice Chancellor, Iain Martin, opened the event and we welcomed over 60 guests. Additionally our Honorary Visiting Professor, Prof Pauline Kneale, Director of the Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO) at University of Plymouth, spoke about her work in pedagogic research. PedRIO is widely regarded as the national lead in Pedagogic Research in HE and has a successful track record in obtaining pedagogic funding and commissions from sector agencies. Prof Kneale gave the keynote presentation at Engage, the annual Learning and Conference at ARU in 2016, and has also provided advice on the development of pedagogic research at ARU. We’re very excited to have Pauline involved with CIHE.

We have submitted two applications to The Leverhulme Trust to fund international visiting professorship for extended visits to the UK in 2019-2020. These visits aim to enhance the knowledge and skills of our staff through benefitting from visitors’ expertise.

Dr George Evangelinos, Senior Learning Technologist in the Faculty of Medical Science (FMS) joined us in April for a fixed period of 15 weeks to work on the funded strategic project ‘ARU+: Transforming the lives of learners’. This project focuses on the staged introduction of a design approach in documenting the interactions of learners with ‘learning opportunities’. A post from George about his project will shortly be on this blog.

We ran a successful pedagogic research writing retreat at Hughes Hall in Cambridge in June. 25 colleagues from across ARU attended, and the feedback indicated that everyone had an enjoyable and productive day dedicated to writing and thinking. We’ll soon announce our events for 2018/19 which will include further writing retreats, please email if you’re interested in attending one.

Dr Emma Coonan, Research Fellow in CIHE, has received a funded invitation to participate as a speaker and mentor in the Doctoral Forum of the sixth European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL 2018) in Oulu, Finland. With the main themes of Information literacy, media literacy and lifelong learning, ECIL aims to bring together professionals from a variety of disciplines to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss current issues, recent developments, challenges, theories and good practices.

We were pleased to be commissioned by AdvanceHE to carry out an external research project exploring higher education responses to the UK government’s new Industrial Strategy, sharing good practice in curriculum design for developing employability. Read more about the project on our ‘Responding to the Industrial Strategy’ page.

We’re also getting involved in a number of internal projects with colleagues across ARU including Assessment for Learning amongst home and international students; Mindfulness and Learning Gain; Design Thinking module development and environmental monitoring for educational application. We’re actively exploring many more expressions of interest to work with CIHE, and always welcome more.

We can offer informal support for writing, editing, research design and publication. We’d be keen to meet for friendly chats in which you can bounce ideas off us, consult us on innovative pedagogic and research design and use us as a critical friend. We’re also interested in full collaborative projects, co-designing pedagogic research projects, co-creation of research outputs and support with grant funding applications. Drop us a line at to arrange an informal meeting.


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