The Effective Research Academic


The module will provide academic staff with underpinning knowledge and skills and an opportunity to develop attributes and strategy, which will support their development as effective researchers and research (degree) supervisors.


The aim of this Module is to: • Inform staff about the local and national contexts of regulations, codes of practice and policy that underpin postgraduate education, research and research supervision. • Introduce staff to a body of best practice methods underpinned by pedagogic knowledge, to support staff development as professional and effective research academics. • Promote opportunity for staff to build confidence and develop practical skills and networks, in order to effectively balance and integrate all areas of academic practice (research, supervision and teaching). • Develop a critically reflexive approach to academic practice and support the development of individualized continual professional development and implementation plans for effective practice.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Locate professional research practice within the local and national contexts.

2.  Engage critically with the evidence-base, best practice and scholarship on academic research practice and apply learning to academic research practice within disciplinary and/or professional contexts

3.  Critically reflect on & apply research skills in a pedagogic/supervisory context, maximising opportunities for research–teaching linkages, enhancement of student experience & research excellence.

4.  Demonstrate a critical understanding of and commitment to equity, inclusivity, collaboration & ethical practice through development of appropriate and effective teaching & supervision practices.

Indicative Content

1 Researcher Briefings

(i) National Concordats, Policy and Codes of Practice. (ii) University Regulations, Codes of Practice and processes (iii) The Research Excellence Framework (iv) Intellectual Property and enterprise

2 Masters degrees

(i) Masters Degree Characteristics – profiles of taught, research, professional and practice qualifications (ii) Making the Most of Masters, placement and employability

3 Supervising and Examining Postgraduate Research Students

(i) Postgraduate Research Degree Characteristics and the Modern Doctorate (iii) The Researcher Development Framework (iii) Supervisor Skills Development (theory and best practice), the Postgraduate Research Student journey and the modern doctorate (including Epigeum ‘Supervising Doctoral Studies’) (iii) Applying and assessing research skills within a pedagogic context (iv) Examination of Research Degrees

4 Building a research profile

(i) Understanding UK and international research landscape (policy & funding) (ii) Writing for publication and Grant application writing (iii) Building research networks & increasing your visibility (iv) Knowledge Exchange, Impact & Enterprise (v) Research management: coaching & mentoring, effective project management, contingency planning & risk assessment (vi) Leadership skills (vii) Building research & enterprise profiles through the research-teaching nexus

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Participants will attend a programme of multi-disciplinary and interactive workshops and engage with identified programmes of online learning. Through these opportunities and supported through discourse with peers and tutors, participants will be able to explore, integrate and reflect upon core knowledge, best practice, skills and experiences and their effective application in the academic workplace. Critical and reflective writing about practice (through an e-portfolio) will aid learning and development. Creation of an Academic Practice E-Portfolio (in Pebble) will be an important vehicle for the curation and collation of evidence of how learning outcomes have been met.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 60
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 100

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.