Colin Bryson and Mick Healey are this year’s keynote speakers at ar’s LIN conference on October 17th 2013 in the Ashling Hotel Dublin.

Mick Healey is a HE Consultant and Researcher and Emeritus Professor at the University of Gloucestershire.  Until 2010 he was Director of the Centre for Active Learning, a nationally funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.  He has held an Honorary Professorship at the University of Queensland, an adjunct Professorship at Macquarie University and Visiting Professorships at Edinburgh Napier University and the University of South Wales.  He was one of the first people in the UK to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship and to be made a Principal Fellow of the HE Academy.  He recently received a SEDA@20 Legacy Award for Disciplinary Development.

The title of Mick’s presentation is Developing Sustainable Models for Engaging Undergraduates in Research and Inquiry: Some International Reflections. 

“Increasing the number or proportions of research-active teaching staff … is unlikely to affect the quality of student learning. However, the results do suggest that more could be done to help more students to experience the benefits of research-stimulated teaching environments” (Trigwell 2007) (emphasis added).

Developing links between teaching, research and scholarship continue to be a hot issue in higher education.  In colleges and institutes of higher education in particular there is a lively debate about whether giving students a scholarly experience is best promoted by their teachers becoming more research-active, or whether this should prompt a reinvestigation of the research-teaching nexus and the development of more context-tied notions of scholarship. In this interactive presentation I will argue that the best way to develop such a nexus is through engaging our students in research and inquiry. “All undergraduate students”, we have proposed, “in all higher education institutions should experience learning through, and about, research and inquiry” (Healey and Jenkins 2009, 7). We will explore a variety of ways of making research and inquiry sustainable through examining mini case studies from different disciplines, departments and HEIs in Europe, Australasia and North America, including ones with an employment and community focus. Particular attention will be paid to the role of academic developers.


Colin Bryson is an advocate and practitioner of student engagement and partnership. He strives to practice that at Newcastle University and adopt the disposition of letting go ‘control’ and has been aided immensely in that endeavour by a host of super-engaged students who are willing to share and take responsibility. Colin is the Chair of RAISE and has been awarded an NTF for his work.

The title of Colin presentation is ‘Engaging students through partnership’ and he will co-present with Ruth Furlonger.

Ruth Furlonger has recently graduated from Combined Honours at Newcastle. She took a leading part in engagement and partnership activities throughout her degree. She is now carrying on that work in a full-time capacity as Student Engagement Coordinator for the Combined Honours Centre.