OCSLD Research

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  • The Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development (OCSLD) is a hub for high-impact higher education research.  The main areas of activity in OCSLD are: 

    • Higher education institutional research
    • Specialist research and scholarship
    • Knowledge exchange and public engagement.  

    OCSLD’s Research strategy guides the Centre’s activities, defining a better balance between original research and sector-leading consultancy by clarifying a realistic set of objectives for the small team based in this Centre, and prioritising resources accordingly.  

    Higher Education Institutional research

    We will:

    • Provide research support to projects arising from Projects to Enhance the Student Experience (PESE) and the Internationalisation Steering Group (ISG).
    • Publish outcomes arising from our institutional research.
    • Establish institutional research as core business for OCSLD.

    Specialist research and scholarship

    We will:

    • Prepare active researchers from OCSLD to enter the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2020.
    • Provide time and opportunities for all OCSLD developers to engage in scholarship and collaborations related to their specialist areas of research.
    • Collect evidence of the impact of research activities, in preparation for an impact case study for the REF 2020.

    Knowledge exchange and public engagement activity

    We will:

    • Provide sector-leading consultancy arising from our research activities.
    • Manage realistic expectations for consultancy activities and income in line with OCSLD’s wider activities and objectives and the changing needs of the sector.
    • Contribute sector-leading advice and resources through our open access courses, repository and blogs.