Higher Education Research Network – Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL)

The Practice-Based Research Initiative (PBRI) is about gaining better understanding of complex phenomena in practice settings, with the aim of influencing change and enhancing the practice itself. High quality activity of this kind is of significance in terms of its current and potential contribution to the University’s academic and practice reputation.

A PBRI hub of training, development and mentoring has been established within the Centre for Learning & Teaching, initially facing towards the faculties of Education and Health & Social Care and areas of FAS which are practice and practitioner focused.

The PBRI provides:

  • training in qualitative and qualitative research methods
  • a resources bank of methodology and methods and established educational research and evaluation toolkits, illustrated by relevant examples from outside the organisation
  • mentoring for identification of research opportunities, framing enquiry and  data analysis
  • support for writing for publication including peer review activities and guidance on appropriate publication outputs.

The initiative is led by Professor Mark Schofield and includes inputs from established practice-based researchers from within and beyond the University.


The International Society for the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (ISSOTL): https://issotl.com/

The society affords both information and opportunities to SoTL Scholars. Here are a couple of examples.

The Courage to SoTL

Dr Dawne Irving-Bell of the Centre for Learning and Teaching was successful in securing a coveted place on the ISSOTL International Collaborative Writing Group. Written in collaboration with her colleagues from Canada, the USA and Australia has published a paper in Teaching and Learning Inquiry. To view the paper ‘ The Courage to SoTL‘ please click here

ISSOTL encourages the engagement of its members.For example through their Special Interest Groups. Facilitation of the groups on behalf of the society is currently organised by Dr Dawne Irving-Bell, Edge Hill University, Dr Susan Smith, University of Sussex and Dr Mary Ann Danielson, Creighton University, Omaha. For further information please email her: [email protected]

Also Dawne and colleagues will be presenting their vision for this aspect of the society’s work at the ISSOTL International Conference, Perth, Australia. A link to a copy of that presentation will be hosted here shortly.

Last updated on Last updated on Was this page helpful? Yes No Thanks for your feedback! Please tell us more: