Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Department for Employment and Learning (DEL)
- Dr Bridget Durning (Department of Planning), project manager
- Prof Alan Jenkins (Westminster Institute for Education), project advisor
- Marion Temple (Department of Real Estate and Construction), Oxford Brookes University
- Pat Turrell, Sheffield Hallam University
- Ron Griffiths, University of the West of England
- Prof Nick Bailey, University of Westminster
- total grant value: £250,000
- time duration: September 2000-September 2004
The original project goal was about identifying, developing and disseminating good practice in linking teaching with research and consultancy in the three closely-related disciplines of Town and County Planning, Land and Property Management and Building. As the project progressed the aim of the project evolved from focussing on the discipline and issues of curriculum design to issues of department and institutional strategy. The project also aimed to transfer its findings into other non cognate disciplines.
Contemporary debate on the relationship between teaching and research is highly contested in UK higher education. Through extensive dissemination, publications, cascade workshops and an international conference, the project engaged with this debate and promoted and articulated its understanding of the relationship between complementary dimensions of scholarship.
We concluded that locating teaching, learning and research within concepts of a knowledge transfer society, offers a positive way of conceptualising and operationalising the link.
This is particularly relevant to vocational built environment disciplines in which graduate professionals increasingly need core skills in managing, synthesising and deploying subject-based knowledge to derive solutions to real-world problems; integrating teaching with research helps to embed these core skills.
We also demonstrated that institutional and organisational structures are crucially important in framing the environment within which a closer relationship between teaching learning and research can be developed. We designed change management strategies to achieve this.
The resources which were developed from the project and which aid in the understanding and development of the link between teaching and research at the discipline, department and institutional level are available on a dedicated project website
- "Fifteen Points from LINK", which highlights conclusions and findings from the project and identifies the nature of the link in built environment disciplines;
- Good practice guidelines for developing the link, providing a framework of advice and strategies to assist departments to understand, develop and embed the synergy between teaching and research;
- A model for developing the link in departments;
- A list of change strategies/processes and examples from the project and elsewhere for developing the link at discipline, department and institutional level;
- Twenty-two examples of practice in curriculum design in the three disciplines;
35 papers, articles, reports, books and book chapters, 26 workshops and 19 conference papers were produced including:
Durning, B and Jenkins, A (2005) Teaching/research relations in departments: the perspectives of built environment academics. Studies in Higher Education, 30 (5)
Durning, B. (2005) Planning academics and planning practitioners - two tribes or a community of practice. Planning, Practice and Research, 19 (4)
Durning, B. & Temple, M. (2004). Learning from LINK. Brookes eJournal of Learning and Teaching 1 (1).
Jenkins, A. & Zetter, R. (2003). Linking Teaching and Research in Departments. LTSN Generic Centre Monograph. York: LTSN Generic Centre. (available from the Higher Academy website at http://www.heacademy.ac.uk)
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