Research Centre News

ESCalate/JISC HE in FE Conference

The ESCalate/JISC HE in FE Conference, Inspiration for Practice will be held on May 26th 2010 at the Trident Centre Warwickshire and the main theme will focus on professional concerns for HE in FE practitioners regarding questions around their status and raising their professional standing - a topic of immediate importance for all HE in FE practitioners.

Research Workshops - Dates and venues

On behalf of the Higher Education Academy, Angus Carpenter (Research Centre Manager, City College Norwich) and Becky Turner (HELP CETL, University of Plymouth) have organised three, one-day events to support practitioners to engage with scholarly activity and research, and provide managers with information and systems that they may need to manage scholarly activity / research within an FEC.  These events will address the following key aspects:

i)                     The meaning of scholarly activity and research;
ii)                   The key aspects of the research process including research design/dissemination;
iii)                  Making funding applications;
iv)                  Managing a research project;
v)                    Key resources to support their engagement with scholarly activity;
vi)                  Considerations for, and the management of scholarly activity and research in an FEC;
vii)                 Institutional impacts from scholarly activity and research.

Developing and enhancing the practice and management of scholarly activity and research within Further Education colleges

DATE: 4th December 2009

START TIME: 09:40 am

VENUE: Stockport College of Further and Higher Education, Wellington Road South, Stockport. SK1 3UQ

The recent introductions of IQER, FDAP, HE strategies and IfL CPD commitments has lead to a much greater emphasis being placed upon staff to engage with research / scholarly activity. To assist colleges in developing their support for these activities, the Higher Education Academy’s HE in FE Enhancement Programme has organised three one-day events designed with both a practitioner and manager focus to provide them with the knowledge, examples, resources and confidence to engage and/or manage these activities. Workshops and presentations will be delivered in parallel for both practitioner and managers that will increase their awareness, knowledge and practice.

Further details can be found on the HE Academy website:

Thematic Dissemination Event 10th November 2009 Northamptonshire

Dissemination Event: Thematic Development Projects
First national World Class Skills dissemination event.

Date:  Tuesday 10 November
Venue: Staverton Park, Northamptonshire

This one day event will present a unique showcase for the providers involved in the initial Thematic Development Projects to share good practice along themed topics of employer responsive provision.  Leading providers have been collaborating to collect, share and improve on good practice in a variety of employer responsive provision.
As a delegate you will benefit from a fully interactive day which will include keynote speakers and many opportunities to learn first hand from the experiences of leading providers.  By sharing in the ideas, issues and implementation of other providers you will be well placed to adapt processes into your own organisation.

In addition, delegates will enjoy trade show style workshops in three themed areas personally selected from the nine thematic development projects.

Project Update - Call for Hosts and Participants for Workshops

An HEA project team meeting held on the 16th Sept. 09 identified that 3 workshops will take place in the north, midlands and south of England. These will take place between the 30/11-4/12/09 in the North, last two weeks of March for the Midlands and the middle two weeks of June for the South. FECs are now being approached to host the one day workshops and the exact dates will depend upon college availability.

The workshops will have a dual focus of practitioner and manager, hence there will be practitioner themed strand running parallel to a management themed strand, plus 'core' sessions bringing the two groups together. The overall aim is to advance current knowledge and practices in both groups with the idea of looking forward and planning strategically for FDAP, IQER, IfL and other policies at an institutional and individual level.   

If interested in either hosting or particpating then please contact either Angus Carpenter (; 01603 773364), Colin Rainey ( or Sara Bath (; 01904 717564).  

Update from the Beacons Project

The CUE East Beacon for Public Engagement programme is now into its second year, following the good progress made in establishing the project and commencing delivery in year one. A major achievement in the last few months has been the first Norwich and Norfolk Sustainable Living Festival (NNSLF), held at The Forum, from 22nd May to 31st May. The festival evaluation, which was carried out by The Research Centre, concluded that NNSLF 09 had been a success, delivering on the vast majority of its stated objectives.

Higher Education Academy - Workshop events planned for the North, Midlands and South of England

The Research centre has been tasked by The Higher Education Academy to co-ordinate, develop and run three workshop events in the north, midlands and south of England.

The Research Centre is working with The Higher Education Academy to populate EvidenceNet

The Research Centre is working with The Higher Educatioin Academy to make available the resources from our own Research repository via EvidenceNet

Update from the Bottom Line Benefits Project

The main driver for this project was to review theoretical Return on Investment (ROI) evaluation models, and reflect on evaluation methodologies being used by a number of organisations.   The report does not give instruction on how to implement a Return on Investment model but focuses on some of the wider background issues for consideration prior to implementing such a model.

SOUL Co-ordinator appointed

Sarah Durke has been appointed as the new SOUL Co-ordinator. Sarah can be contacted on 01603 773464 Email: