What we do

We have an implementation plan, which is a working document that can be found here.

We have a focus on building capacity and capability across a range of communities of practice. This focus underpins activities that connect into or bridge DMU’s TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) and REF (Research Excellence Framework) work. This work takes place with staff from all four faculties, the Research, Business and Innovation Directorate, and Library and Learning Services. The ability to enable flows of academic knowledge, skills and practices between teaching and research/scholarship will enable the University to meet the challenge of the TEF. These flows will also bridge to an Education Studies REF submission. However, these are secondary gains from the enhancement of both educational research in a number of domains and innovation in teaching and learning practice and scholarship.

The IEF will impact the following DMU Strategic Framework priorities.

  • Create policy-into-practice, in primary, secondary and tertiary education sectors.
  • Promote and Strengthen a flow of ideas between primary, secondary and tertiary education sectors, such that DMU’s scholarship becomes a bridge for meaningful public engagement.
  • Transform and Enhance practice-based scholarship so that DMU becomes a laboratory for innovation in teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.
  • Create innovation in research and practice-based methodologies.

Broadly, our work can be categorised as follows.

  1. Develop clear links to established DMU organisation/structures for both TEF and REF.
  2. REF Unit of Assessment 25 co-ordination: building the scholarship and research environment; supporting and mentoring staff; developing outputs and research bids; building a knowledge base; dissemination; and enabling Thematic Research Groups, including: Music Education; neoliberalism and primary education; translational research; informal education; professional identities.
  3. REF Impact co-ordination: developing potential impact case studies; supporting and mentoring staff; developing external dissemination.
  4. TEF-focused work: support for a career development strategy for teaching and scholarship of teaching and learning; building a mentoring strategy for teaching excellence; refocusing project work grounded in teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes; and infusing Pedagogic innovation with scholarship.
  5. Enabling the sharing of academic practice, skills and knowledge by staff and students.
  6. Developing a dissemination strategy.
  7. Developing external links.
  8. Nurturing staff esteem: encouraging conference attendance and presentation; encouraging staff to play an active role in professional associations; supporting journal editorial work; supporting roles as members of editorial groups and advisory boards.