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Research-Teaching Linkages

All of Abertay’s programmes involve employer engagement in delivery and work-related learning opportunities at appropriate stages of study including work placements, simulated work-based learning. Further, our research informs our curriculum and we engender research-mindedness in our students. One of the four dimensions of our new Abertay Attributes is 'Intellectual', and we foster our students to:

  • Master their subject, understand how it is evolving and how it interacts with other subjects.
  • Know how knowledge is generated, processed and disseminated, and how problems are defined and solved.
  • Be able to critically evaluate information, and tackle uncertainty and information gaps with confidence and self-awareness.

In addition, we support research into developing and evaluating our teaching practice. In 2013 we established a new initiative entitled the Abertay Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (ATLEF) to support the implementation of the University’s new TLE Strategy, to develop new leading practice and to build capacity within the University for scholarship in teaching and learning. This has been funded by a combination of internal funding with external support from the national quality enhancement themes.

To date, 25 projects over three rounds have been funded, and a fourth call has just closed. The themes of funding calls have included: curriculum reform, student transitions and most recently a call has been launched focussed on supporting student-led projects. We disseminate the findings from funded projects both internally and externally and all of the projects from our first round of ATLEF were showcased at Abertay’s first Teaching and Learning Enhancement conference in October 2014: