The St Andrews Centre for Higher Education Research currently consists of 51 staff across 17 Schools and six central University units. The Centre aims to facilitate cross-departmental collaboration in higher education research. The Centre brings together staff interested in conducting evidence-based higher education research to inform local, national and international policy and practice, and to promote a reflective, analytical view of Higher Education activities.
CHER empowers the lifelong learner in each of us. The University of St Andrews' staff and students are a community of actively engaged learners, learning from, and with, one another. In all that we do, we aim to maximize and realize the potential of students and prospective students.
CHER Research Themes
This considers transition phases and their relationship to learning; understanding and supporting learning as a lifelong adventure. Investigated are: life pathways through schooling and into employment via higher education; effectiveness of academic curricula; non-academic activities as learning opportunities; development of transferable skills/employability; the role of culture in aspiration; and views of self which act as barriers to success or which empower. The learner is viewed as a multi-faceted being, for whom successful development depends upon cognitive, affective and social dimensions. The rich spectrum of learners and their differing needs is considered, as is inclusive access to HE. Leaders: Lorna Sibbett & Fabio Arico.
The Student Learner
This theme aims to find evidence for enhancement of learning and the student experience through changes in curriculum, teaching methods and applications of technology. In considering learning, we review academic performance and student attitude within specific domains. This theme explores the effectiveness of new teaching methods and ways to enhance the student experience, so that each student can reach their full potential. Leaders: Antje Kohnle & Anita Laidlaw.
Research output: Book/Report › Other report
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Activity: External academic activity › Invited talk