Professor Chris RUST is Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, and Deputy Director of the Human Resource Directorate at Oxford Brookes University, and for the last five years was also Deputy Director for two Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning - ASKe (Assessment Standards Knowledge Exchange) and the Reinvention Centre for undergraduate research (led by Warwick University). With (currently) thirteen colleagues he has helped to provide both staff and educational development support to the University’s academic Schools and support Directorates for over twenty years.He has researched and published on a range of issues including: the experiences of new teachers in HE, the positive effects of supplemental instruction, the effectiveness of workshops as a method of staff development, ways of diversifying assessment, and improving student performance through engagement in the assessment process. Recently he has tended to focus increasingly on assessment. He is a Senior Fellow of both SEDA (Staff and Educational Development Association) and the UK Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the RSA.
This interactive session will consider the international impetus to develop undergraduate research, the reasons behind it, and practical ways of developing undergraduate students’ research literacy and research-based learning in the undergraduate curriculum.