From a small seed…Scholarship and Research in Educational Development

Charles Buckley (University of Liverpool) and Jennie Winter (Plymouth Marjon)

It is a pleasure to write a blog in SEDA’s 30th Anniversary Year as we reflect on the work of the Scholarship and Research Committee and in particular, the success of the Small Grant Scheme which is back in full swing following a short break during the pandemic.

SEDA Small Grants
Writing the SEDA Special with Frances Deepwell to celebrate the success of the Small Grant Scheme to for the SEDA 20th Anniversary brings back fond memories. The Special features reflections from a number of successful winners and reflects the positive impact that the scheme can bring to colleagues and the wider educational development community. Since that time, the continued success of the Scheme has witnessed a wide range of successful grant holders completing and sharing through publication and SEDA Conferences on topics such as  ‘evaluating the role of dialogue in virtual teaching observations’, ‘Developing academics as coaches: Preparing the future-ready graduate’,  ‘International students who teach: A creative approach to supporting them and evaluating this provision’ and  ‘Academics and professional teaching recognition in middle and Northern Europe: a case study approach to understanding, and learning from, similarities and differences.’ Five more grants have been awarded for 2023.  We look forward to seeing the fruits of these seeds flourish to build on current research and scholarship through collaboration and dissemination next year, to further development of insights into educational development practice.

The new Scholarship and Research Committee
The Scholarship and Research Committee has grown to welcome three new members, Clare Kell, Arinola Adefila and Kay Sanderson and the new Co-Chairs, Jennie Winter and Charles Buckley, are looking forward to continuing to work with committee members and SEDA to promote research and scholarship focused on educational development practice.  We are already looking ahead to 2024; we are planning a series of events in the lead up to the call for applications opening as well as working closely with other SEDA Committees and the wider community to provide opportunities for developing communities of practice around Educational Development. This will include forging sustainable connections with like-minded groups and organisations in other ICED countries. In the next year we plan to revigorated the committee and revisit the idea of developing a web based resource to support educational development writing.

Charles works at the University of Liverpool as a Senior Academic Developer supporting colleagues across the University with their scholarship and pedagogy. He is Editor of Developing Academic Practice, the University’s learning and teaching journal, the editorial board of Innovations in Education and Teaching International as well as the International Journal of Management and Applied Research. Charles is a Principal Fellow and National Teaching Fellow with Advance HE, Co Convenor for the TEAL Network and a member of the CATE-Net Committee. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Bolton and Visiting Fellow at Northumbria University. His research interests are varied, including lecturer identities and engagement with CPD; grounded theory and the use of diagramming in research; visual representation in learning and teaching and writing anxiety amongst PhD students.

Dr Jennie Winter is Professor of Academic Development at Plymouth Marjon University. Jennie is a National Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Jennie has numerous external roles including external examiner at several UK and European universities, co-chair of SEDA’s Research and Scholarship committee, and on editorial board membership for various pedagogic research journals. In these roles Jennie actively contributes to national debates about educational development in the UK and beyond.  You can find out more about her work at this link and contact her on

Twitter: @cbuckley007
LinkedIn: @drjenniewinter

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