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Edited by Vincent C. H. Tong, Alex Standen and Mina Sotiriou | March 2018

Format: 234x156mm 
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ISBN: 978‑1‑78735‑111‑0
ISBN: 978‑1‑78735‑113‑4
ISBN: 978‑1‑78735‑112‑7
Pages: 286

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About the book

Forging closer links between university research and teaching has become an important way to enhance the quality of higher education across the world. As student engagement takes centre stage in academic life, how can academics and university leaders engage with their students to connect research and teaching more effectively? In this highly accessible book, the contributors show how students and academics can work in partnership to shape research-based education.

Featuring student perspectives, it offers academics and university leaders practical suggestions and inspiring ideas on higher education pedagogy, including principles of working with students as partners in higher education, connecting students with real-world outputs, transcending disciplinary boundaries in student research activities, connecting students with the workplace, and innovative assessment and teaching practices. Written and edited in full collaboration with students and leading educator-researchers from a wide spectrum of academic disciplines, this book poses fundamental questions about learning and learning communities in contemporary higher education.

About the authors

Vincent Tong is a Principal Teaching Fellow in the UCL Arena Centre for Research-based Education.  Apart from being the strategic lead of the UCL Connected Curriculum initiative and a science educator, he is a Principal Investigator of an international research consortium in earth sciences.  His research publications span a wide range of subjects, from astrophysical and earth sciences to pedagogy and research-teaching-outreach synergy.

Alex Standen is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the UCL Arena Centre for Research-based Education. Alex leads UCL Arena One, a development pathway for Postgraduate Teaching Assistants. She joined UCL in 2013 in a student support and engagement role, prior to which she taught Italian and European Studies at the Universities of Birmingham and Auckland. Alex has published on the Italian author and playwright, Dacia Maraini, and is editor of a volume of essays on social and ethical engagement in twentieth-century Italian culture. Her current research interests relate to postgraduate research student development and student-supervisor relationships.

Mina Sotiriou is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the UCL Arena Centre for Research-based Education, and her focus is on Quality Assurance. Her work is primarily on curriculum design for online courses and student learning experience. Mina has worked in a number of higher education institutes in the area of learning technology, and she has designed many online courses. Her research interest is on the impact of professional development of short courses to learners.