Bridgwater & Taunton College | Celebrating Research Success at UCS

We are thrilled that two members of our teaching staff, John Baglow and Louise Hannan, have been awarded Innovative Practice Grants from Advance HE. These prestigious grants aim to share good practice and impactful initiatives from College-Based and Small, Specialist, and Independent higher education providers across the UK.

John and Louise will write case studies to be published by Advance HE, focusing on the theme of building inclusion and belonging in College-Based Higher Education (CBHE). Their work will highlight innovative practices that benefit both educators and students, ensuring a more inclusive and supportive learning environment.

John’s Project: John’s research focuses on diversifying assessment practices in trainee teacher courses. He believes that varied assessment methods are crucial for providing an inclusive learning experience.

I am delighted to receive this grant. My case study will demonstrate how diverse assessments can create an inclusive environment for all students and encourage them to adopt similar practices in their teaching.

Louise’s Project: Louise’s project, titled ‘Relational Pedagogy and its Role in the Development of Academic Resilience for Students in Higher Education,’ explores the importance of the relationship between tutors and students.

I am thrilled to share my findings on how strong tutor-student relationships can build academic resilience and lead to student success. This grant allows me to share my work with the broader educational community.

Jolanta Peters, Research & Library Services Manager, who works closely with Advance HE via the CBHE Network and is proud to see UCS staff recognised for their innovative contributions.

These grants highlight our commitment to enhancing teaching and learning, ultimately leading to a positive student experience. We are excited to showcase John and Louise’s work across the Advance HE network this summer.

By becoming learners themselves, considering new perspectives and using the latest evidence-based practice, our staff can provide an enhanced learning experience that prepares students for successful careers in their fields of study. Find out more about the staff research at UCS here.


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