Research Projects

Current and recent projects at Bishop Grosseteste University have attracted external funding to the value of over half a million pounds. Funding comes from a range of bodies including:

  • The Economic and Social Research Council
  • The National College for Teaching and Leadership (formerly the Teaching Agency)
  • ESCALATE (the education subject centre of the Higher Education Academy)
  • The Leadership Foundation

Some of our more recent research projects are outlined below.  

Dr Sibylle Erle: The Reception of William Blake in Europe

Dr Erle’s very successful project to bring academics with a research interest in Blake’s reception across Europe is now complete. The project was funded by the British Academy and the Modern Humanities Research Association and saw academics from more than twelve European countries meet at Tate Britain on the 26/27 June this year to explore the synergies and gaps in Blake’s reception in Europe. The output from the colloquium will be an edited collection of essays (co-edited by Dr Erle) published by Bloomsbury in 2017 as part of the series ‘The reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe’.

Dr Kate Adams, Dr Adam Hounslow-Eyre and Professor Chris Atkin: Effective Pedagogy in Multi-Age Range Classes

This project is a research collaboration with the Centre for British Teachers (cfbt) focussed on identifying effective teaching models that work in Lincolnshire small—often rural—primary schools with multiple age group classes.  Data collection has now been completed and analysis will provide the basis for a planned cfbt course for teachers working in multi-age range single classes.

Dr Kate Adams - The ‘Excellence in SMSC’ Network: Outstanding Leadership in Primary Schools for Children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

This project, funded by the British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society, will identify the key characteristics of highly effective school leaders and managers which result in outstanding SMSC in primary schools using five case study schools. A legacy outcome of the project will be new support network of school leaders to collaborate with Bishop Grosseteste University in developing outstanding SMSC in primary school settings.

Professor John Sharp and Dr Brian Hemmings: Student Boredom and Lecturer Self-Efficacy

Professor John Sharp and Dr Brian Hemmings (a recent visitor to BGU from Charles Sturt University in Australia) have completed their analysis of data collected in England and Australia on student boredom and lecturer self-efficacy. Brian has recently been a visitor to BGU as he and John plan the next stage in their research and their dissemination strategy. John is also an Adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt University and received support to visit earlier this year.

Dr Jack Cunningham: International Robert Grosseteste Conference

BGU played host to the third annual International Robert Grosseteste Conference entitled ‘Robert Grosseteste and the pursuit of Religious and Scientific Learning in the Middle Ages’. The conference fits within the broader study ‘The Ordered Universe Project’ at Durham and Oxford Universities, dedicated to re-examining medieval science using readings of the scientific works of Robert Grosseteste. Jack’s work on Robert Grosseteste is helping to bring the work of this great medieval thinker to a new generation of philosophers.

Dr Pat Beckley and Professor Atkin: SoundBEGINNINGS - Ten Years of Early Years Music Development

This 18 month project is a research collaboration with SoundLincs who have been providing resources to support music in early years settings across Lincolnshire and the East Midlands. The research will provide data on effective use of resources and provide an online series of case studies to support practitioners in their efforts to promote music in early years settings. The project is due to finish in the coming autumn term.

Professor Chris Atkin, Dr Anthea Rose and Dr Nick Cheffins: Rural Hybrid Energy Enterprise Systems

This three year project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is due to finish at the end of the calendar year. Dr’s Rose and Cheffins have been collecting primary data on community engagement with hybrid energy systems across Lincolnshire, the East Midlands and Northern Scotland. A parallel project being conducted in India funded by the Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST) will provide a comparative element to the final report.

Dr Andrew Jackson

Dr Andrew continues to work with local and national communities to capture social history in all its colour e.g. the local Ermine estate archive which contains a history of the estate and its people. The earliest items date from the mid-1950s, when the estate was being built.

Dr Olivia Sagan: Art Practice and Mental Wellbeing

This is a series of projects involving mental health service users and practicing visual artists funded by:
• The Arts Council of England
• University of the Arts London
• The Maudsley Charity
• Bishop Grosseteste University

In October 2014, a book documenting the research, its findings and its quandaries will be published by Routledge in the ‘Advances in Mental Health’ series. Olivia has a number of publications relating to this work which are listed on her staff page. A film of the research can be viewed here. 

Dr Yvonne Hill: Critical Pedagogy and Critical Learners in Higher Education: an investigation into the effects on ‘student satisfaction’

Dr Yvonne Hill was awarded a prize for ‘Most Promising Research Publication’ of the International 2014 CARN Conference in Newcastle this weekend. Her research on was well received as an action research project and promoted lively debates around Dr Hill’s concept of  ‘pedagogies of dissatisfaction’ to support transformational learning. This work sits within current national debates concerning student satisfaction as a socially constructed concept which often overrides the significance of student challenge, engagement and enhancement in HE. Pedagogies of discomfort and dissatisfaction were presented as sites of resistance to passive learning and a learned dependency on guidance to produce a successful assignment. The presentation produced excitement in showing correlations between high levels of dissatisfaction midway through an undergraduate module and extra-ordinary levels of achievement at the conclusion of the module.

The research is currently in its first phase of development and further funding to develop the hypotheses through Participatory Action Research will be sought later in the year. The prize was sponsored by Routledge/Taylor and Francis and included £150 of books, a free annual subscription for a Journal of choice, as well as editorial support to submit a peer-reviewed article to the Journal of Education Action Research. Thanks to all colleagues and students who participated in the research project.

Bishop Grosseteste University is hosting a CARN study day on Friday 23rd January 2015 to promote Participatory Action Research with BGU partnership schools. The focus of the day is ‘i-pad-we-pad’ which will include practical workshops presentations and discussions on using tablet technology like i-pads in educational research.

Antony Luby – ADASTRA Research Consultancy Projects.

The ADASTRA Primary Partnership of six Nottinghamshire schools is dedicated to addressing the poverty gap for its pupils. In particular, they focus on - material poverty; emotional poverty; poverty of language; poverty of experience; and poverty of aspiration. Primarily through the medium of professional conversations with staff these research consultancy projects investigate: 

  • Developing Handwriting Skills. January 2016
  • Poverty of Language. January 2016.
  • Speaking & Listening Skills. April 2016.
  • Developing Critical Thinking. June 2016.

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