UW Professor to take part in HEA Research and Policy Seminar series

Posted on 13 May 2013
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This coming June, Professor Simon Haslett, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wales, is to present a seminar as part of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) Research/Webinar Series. Launched in November 2012, the series has attracted a number of high profile academics and guest speakers.

Professor Haslett’s seminar, entitled Exploring Links between Research and Teaching in Higher Education, will examine the ways in which research and teaching may be linked in academic practice in Higher Education. It will seek to unravel the various linkages through scholarship, research (both subject-based and pedagogic) and curriculum.

Prior to his current position at the University of Wales, Professor Haslett was Head of the Department of Geography and Assistant Head of the School of Science and the Environment at Bath Spa University, and most recently Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at the University of Wales, Newport. He currently holds a Visiting Professorship in Pedagogic Research at the University of South Wales, and another at Swansea Metropolitan, University of Wales: Trinity Saint David.

Throughout his teaching career he has taught on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. He was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to undertake research at the Scripps Institution for Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Geological Society of London, and the Royal Society for the Arts.

Professor Haslett will draw upon his recent experience as a leader in learning and teaching in Wales for the seminar, including the activity and contribution of the Research-Teaching Nexus Action Set, and the current challenges to forging and maintaining research-teaching links in Higher Education. He will also provide examples of research-teaching links from his own professional practice.

Speaking about his interest in the subject matter of his presentation, Professor Haslett said:

“I am committed to strengthening the links between research and teaching in universities. Higher Education is made distinctive through the incorporation of research, so that students learn at the forefront of knowledge using research skills that will equip them well for their future careers”.

The event will be held on the 11th June at the York offices of the HEA. People will be able to attend either in person or join online as the session will be broadcast live on the HEA website. With the event running from 12:00, the seminar/webinar will commence at 12:45.

This event is free of charge to attend, and bookings are now open. For further information please visit the event page on the HEA website - http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2013/11_June_research_seminar

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