The Higher Education Academy has just awarded a grant to Biosciences, Geography and Social Science academics at the University of Gloucestershire to increase links between research and teaching. The grant allows staff to explore ways of linking teaching to “the real world”, and will be used to evaluate the range of innovative ‘authentic learning’ experiences we already deploy in the School, such as internships, student bursaries, novel fieldwork, and research assistant posts for students to work with staff.
(Image: As Bioscience undergraduate students, Stace Fairhurst and Julia Morrison worked with Anne Goodenough and Matt Wood on the migration of birds at Portland Bird Observatory)
The group comprises Anne Goodenough, Adam Hart, Kenny Lynch, James Derounian and Phil Gravestock, all of whom are National Teaching Fellows. Competition for the grant was extremely fierce. 12 projects have been funded nationally out of 230 applications, so this is a tremendous achievement.
Recent summer research projects in Biosciences have seen students working with staff on bird migration at Portland Bird Observatory in Dorset, parasites of the rare Skomer Vole, butterfly and cowslip distributions at Cranham Common with Natural England, immunogenetics of declining birds, and vegetative history of Skomer island in South Wales. Some of these projects will be outlined at the Biosciences Research Symposium at Francis Close Hall on Friday 24th January 2014 – see details at http://insight-dev.glos.ac.uk/academicschools/nss/Pages/BiosciencesResearchSymposium.aspx