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    Research informed teaching

The Centre for Research-informed Teaching, established in 2007 is based in Academic Development and Employability and led by Professor Stuart Hampton-Reeves. The Centre manages a number of projects which explore, support and promote the teaching-research nexus at UCLan and beyond.

The broad aims of the Centre are: 

  • To support and encourage the link between research and teaching
  • To give undergraduate students experience of research 
  • To support pedagogic research

The Centre's definition of research includes traditional, discipline-based research, practice-as-research, applied research and pedagogic research. The Higher Education Academy has used the Centre and our work as a case study to demonstrate best practice in student engagement in their report here: Higher Education Academy Student Engagement Project.

Research-informed teaching enhances the student experience, improves student employability and enriches our research culture. We are committed to providing undergraduate research experiences for all students at UCLan. We believe that students benefit from learning in 'research mode', and that part of being at a university is the opportunity to make new discoveries and test orthodox theories.

The Centre also works with staff to integrate teaching, research and knowledge transfer into the curriculum and supports staff to further enhance their teaching practice and/or become research active in the area of researching learning and teaching.

Staff within the Centre actively research in the areas of research informed teaching, undergraduate research and student engagement and members of the team regularly present at conferences and workshops both in the UK and beyond. In addition to this the Centre coordinated the creation of BCUR, the British Conference of Undergraduate Research, and held the first BCUR conference at UCLan in 2011. The Centre also supports UCLan students to attend the highly regarded NCUR conference, the National Conference of Undergraduate Research which is held in America each year, and was the driving force behind the first Posters in Parliament event, where selected undergraduate students were invited to talk about their research in the Houses of Parliament.

In 2008, the Centre's work was commended as good practice by the Quality Assurance Agency in its audit report on the University. The QAA team praised the Centre for raising students' aspirations. This is important work for us and for the University and we are keen to develop partnerships both in the University and beyond, so please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Expertise and Subject Areas

The Centre works with staff and students to explore, support and promote the teaching-research nexus at UCLan. The team work within different subject disciplines and have a deep understanding of how research-informed teaching can benefit the student, the teacher and the institution.

The team also actively research in the areas of student engagement, undergraduate research, research in the curriculum and teaching in Higher Education.


The Centres work supports the UCLan Advantage, giving students opportunities that can give them an edge when entering the world of work.

  • UCLan has one of the best undergraduate research cultures in the UK
  • UCLan courses are underpinned by high quality research. Lectures and modules conducted by research-active staff and professors, who draw on their own work to bring the latest insights in their subject
  • Throughout their studies, students will have opportunities to research and contribute to UCLan’s research culture
  • The best undergraduate research is published in the academic journal, Diffusion
  • The undergraduate research intern scheme gives students the opportunity to work alongside our leading researchers
  • Lecturers are supported by the Pedagogic Research Forum (PRF) which enables sharing of good practice, as well as promoting engaging and inspirational learning and teaching research


IMPACT Guides: Over the previous few academic years Schools have been involved in a project to examine the impact of their School’s research on its teaching. Each School has endeavoured to produce a short book of case studies which demonstrate the dynamic relationship between research and teaching at UCLan. Each book also articulates a vision of research-informed teaching which is unique to each participating School.

Pedagogic Research

To research into your learning and teaching practices and processes. The aim of the journal is to provide a focus for pedagogical research within UCLan and provide a support mechanism to enable research in this area to flourish. Papers should contribute to the development of professional knowledge about specific issues for HE learning and teaching.

Up to date issues of the UCLan Journal of Pedagogic Research are available online.



A showcase of outstanding work by UCLan students, Diffusion provides an opportunity for undergraduates to publish their research in a high quality, peer-reviewed journal, edited by a dedicated Team of staff and students at the University of Central Lancashire.

All issues of the journal are available online.

Centre Research Projects

Events and News


The Centre takes undergraduate students to present at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research each year


The Centre takes undergraduate students to present at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research in the USA.


Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme
Undergraduate students across the university will be engaged in research projects with members of staff over the summer.


UCLan’s Learning and Teaching Conference: Innovation and Research to Enhance Learning.
A free conference for staff and students, presenting talks or posters giving an account of research, experience, evaluation, policy or practice with the emphasis on drawing out lessons for others and engaging participants.

Courses and Postgraduate Study

Staff development workshops


Director of the Centre: Professor Stuart Hampton-Reeves

Professor Stuart Hampton-Reeves is the first Professor of Research-informed Teaching. Stuart gained a first-class degree in English and Theatre Studies at the University of Warwick in 1992, and stayed at Warwick to take an MA (Distinction) in English Literature in 1993 and a PhD on 'Henry VI in Performance' in 1997.

Stuart became Professor of Research-informed Teaching in 2007 and established the Centre for Research-informed Teaching. Stuart's research interests include Shakespeare in Performance and Undergraduate Research. He was the Performance Editor of the journal Shakespeare and the General Editor (with Bridget Escolme) of Palgrave's Shakespeare in Practice series. He is also Chair of the British Shakespeare Association and currently chairs the steering group of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research ( He is the author of several books on Shakespeare in performance and Shakespeare's History Plays.

Stuart is also a trustee and director of the British Shakespeare Association and the Blackpool Grand Theatre. He regularly gives keynotes lectures and workshops on undergraduate research, research-informed teaching and Shakespeare in performance. Stuart' full academic profile can be accessed at

Consultant Editor: Dr Carol Banks

Carol Banks is the consultant editor of UCLan's undergraduate journal Diffusion. Carol brings to the post several years of editing experience, having previously worked as Editor for the peer-reviewed literary journal Critical Survey. From an interdisciplinary background in the Humanities, her research has focused on Shakespeare’s plays with a special interest in verbal and visual imagery. She is the author and co-author of numerous articles published in international journals and literary anthologies.

Additional information

For Further information about the Centre please do not hesitate to contact us:

Stuart Hampton-Reeves 

Centre for Research-informed Teaching
Greenbank Building GR302
University of Central Lancashire
+44 (0)1772 892758

Related research groups

The Centre is committed to creating research experiences across all disciplines so that all students can experience research at first-hand. To achieve this, we promote teaching practices which involve students actively in the processes of research.