Diversity in Research and Practice Informed Teaching: Sharing Best Practice

Jill Venus; Andy Williams

1University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea Business Campus, High Street, Swansea, Wales, SA1  1NE;  j.venus@uwtsd.ac.uk

2University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen Campus, Carmarthen SA31 3EP; a.williams@uwtsd.ac.uk

4th May 2017

Abstract

University teaching and learning is informed by the wider academic interests of the academic staff who develop and deliver modules and decide upon appropriate teaching and learning approaches. It has long been recognised that academic research informs and underpins these processes. However, in most discipline areas and especially in applied discipline areas teaching is now informed by a much wider range of prior experience and current practice.

The Faculty of Business and Management UWTSD includes a variety of, superficially, distinct academic areas (Business, Finance, Sport, Health, Tourism, Work Based Learning). The Faculty in this configuration is relatively new but experience has already shown that many synergies exist at a variety of levels. In September 2016 the Faculty held a one day symposium for all staff in the Faculty with the title ‘Contributions to Academic Excellence’. This provided an opportunity (via sharp, focussed 5 minute presentations) for colleagues to share some of the relationships and interplay between their own research and practice activities and their teaching.  

This conference paper will share some of the best practice documented and shared in this process, and the follow up across Faculty working group activities.