Linking Research and Teaching in Wales

Posted on 19 January 2011

The Research-Teaching Nexus Action Set in Gregynog

Notable academics from across Wales are to convene in Aberystwyth to explore ways in which research and teaching can achieve greater integration in Higher Education practice.

The ‘Research-Teaching Nexus Action Set’, chaired by Professor Simon Haslett, Dean of STEM at the University of Wales, is to meet on 10 February at Aberystwyth University’s Penbryn Hall. The day is free to attend for anyone teaching in Welsh Higher Education.

Professor Haslett’s presentation will centre on research-teaching relationships and Higher Education professional practice. He will attempt to unravel the various linkages through scholarship, research, and curriculum, and outline the activity and contribution of the Higher Education Academy Research-Teaching Nexus Action Set in Wales.

The presentation itself will draw upon his recent experience as Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at the University of Wales, Newport, as a case study, and he will also provide examples of research-teaching links from his own professional practice.

It is Professor Haslett’s hope that higher education curricula should be overflowing with cutting-edge material and that research should feed directly through to teaching. Speaking of the upcoming meeting, he commented;

“The issue of how research links to teaching in Welsh Higher Education has been thrown into focus due to the recent announcement suggesting a separation of research-led universities from teaching institutions termed access-focused. We need to have a detailed discussion as to what this might look like.”

To confirm your attendance, please contact Rachel Thomas ( by 31 January 2011.


Notes to Editors:

To read more about the issue of linking research and teaching you can view the following Education Academy book, Edited by Professor Haslett, free by clicking on the following link:

For more information on The University of Wales please visit:
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