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Pedagogy - Learning and Teaching Academy

Course Description

[[Learning and Teaching Academy ]]
The Learning and Teaching Academy provides a range of opportunities for staff to engage in, or to further their engagement in, pedagogic scholarship and research. We are focused in particular on supporting:

Research-informed practice Being aware of new developments in pedagogic practice and research, and using them to inform our own learning, teaching and assessment approaches.

Evidence-led practice Applying the outputs of pedagogic evaluation and research, including that undertaken in our own contexts, to enhancing the experience of our learners.

Engagement in scholarship Undertaking scholarly activities that contribute to the sharing and development of pedagogic practice within our disciplines and within the University.

Engagement in research Active participation in pedagogic research that is intended to produce peer-reviewed outputs, support postgraduate research, or contribute in other ways to public bodies of knowledge about pedagogy as a field of practice and research.

The support and activities the Academy offers or helps to co-ordinate in the above areas include:

One-to-one advice for colleagues who are interesting in getting involved in pedagogic research, including guidance on designing and undertaking their initial projects.

Workshop and seminars on pedagogic practice and research.

Input to relevant events and workshops being offered within Subject Networks, Academic Partners, Faculties, and other groups within the university including research clusters.

Support to produce peer-reviewed publications for education-related journals, through direct guidance and short courses. The Academy will also build upon recent work in organising special issues of relevant journals, for example the Special Issue of JPAAP on Learning and Teaching in the Distributed University which featured several papers from colleagues.

Access to the learning lab to support colleagues in undertaking their pedagogic research.

Providing funding opportunities (e.g. LTA Scholarships) to support small-scale projects.

Supporting colleagues in authoring or co-authoring external research funding applications.

How to apply

There is no national system for applying for postgraduate research study in the way that UCAS operates at undergraduate level.

Step 1: Make contact with relevant academic staff to consider your application in detail; to ensure you meet the entrance requirements; to develop a suitable research proposal, title and plan; assign a Director of Studies; establish an appropriate supervisory team; and discuss funding.

Here's a handy guide to writing a good research proposal.

Step 2: Complete an application form with your proposed Director of Studies.

Step 3: Your application will be submitted by the proposed Director of Studies to the university's Research Degrees Committee for approval.

Step 4: Approved applications are sent to the University of Aberdeen, our accrediting university for research degrees for final approval and registration.

Further information on all aspects of applying to study for a postgraduate research degree is available from the Graduate School. Please contact us if you cannot find the information you are looking for or would like to be put in contact with an academic within your area of study.

Visit the Pedagogy - Learning and Teaching Academy page on the University of the Highlands and Islands website for more details!

Student Profiles

Carnegie Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursaries - 4 Awards

Applicants should already have been offered a place at the University of the Highlands and Islands and should have firmly accepted that offer. Applicants who do not hold an offer of admission by the deadline will not be considered for the award.Criteria
The bursary will be awarded on the basis of academic merit with due consideration also being given to financial circumstances.Selection Procedure
A Selection Committee will meet in June 2016 to review the applications. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of June.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £4000


The bursaries will be awarded to applicants who are accepted for admission on either a one year full-time or two year part-time basis for a taught postgraduate programme of study at the University of the Highlands and Islands. To be eligible, applicants must;Be Scottish by birth OR
Be of Scottish extraction (have at least one parent born in Scotland) OR
Have received three full years of secondary, further and/or higher education in Scotland

Application Procedure

A completed application form, together with the correct supporting documentation as outlined in Section D of the form, should be received by Michaela Gilmore by the closing date of 31st May 2016 in order to be considered for the award.

Further Information



Bursaries and special funds - No. of awards TBC

Scholarships, discretionary funds and bursaries may be available to our postgraduate students, Please check our website for more information.https://www.uhi.ac.uk/other-funding-sources

Value of Scholarship(s)



Various - see webpages

Application Procedure

Please see our website for details of the application process for any relevant funds.

Further Information



University of the Highlands and Islands Alumni Discount - No. of awards TBC

A 10% discount in tuition fee is available to degree graduates from the University of the Highlands and Islands on any of our taught postgraduate courses. The alumni discount applies only to the tuition fee element and does not apply to any additional costs which may be required to complete the course. The discount cannot be applied retrospectively and must be requested before or at the time of paying the first year fee.The alumni discount is not available in conjunction with any bursary or scholarship or combinable with any discounts from the university.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% discount on tuition fees


Degree graduates from the University of the Highlands and Islands are eligible for 10% discount on the relevant tuition fee for any of our taught postgraduate courses.

Application Procedure

Eligible degree alumni must request and have confirmation of the 10% tuition fee discount preferably during the admissions process, but certainly prior to payment of fees and/or enrolment.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally First class or 2:1 honours degree from UK university or equivalent, or approved research experience. We may also consider others with a master’s degree. Other requirements may be in place such as evidence of your spoken and written English with IELTS minimum scoring of 6.5 or equivalent.

Course Fees

In 2016/17 Full-time UK/EU science and arts subjects £4121, Non-EU arts £11490, Non-EU science £14445. Other fees may be levied.

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