Additional research by two categories of staff is mentioned briefly here: 1) Short term Research Contract staff with significant research publications, and 2) academic staff members of the Department who have been engaged in research and publication, and contribute significantly to the research environment which supports teaching, especially in the area of Masters’ level teachers’ professional development and doctoral research supervision.
1) Collins (K.) has worked for three years as a Principal Investigator on research projects within the Inclusive Learning and Social Policy group. She has recently been appointed Research Fellow, has two refereed publications in print, and supervises two research projects and two research degree students. Three other experienced Research Officers also have a significant number of research publications of which they were principal authors, Abbott (differentiation), O’Hagan (Access and Accreditation), and Fraser (integrated education in Northern Ireland). They have been employed as researchers for a number of years on a range of important projects and are expected to be re-engaged on longer term contracts in the near future.
2) Academic departmental staff with research contributions include Bleakley (PE and Sports Education); McNair (Technology and Design Education); O’Doherty (controversial issues in the curriculum), O’Reilly (partnerships in post-primary education); and Whitehouse (Education Management). Shanahan works closely with McClenaghan in community development education and has collaborated extensively in many aspects of her work with research networks in the UK, Europe and Japan. He has recently been invited to contribute to an ESRC research seminar group on Citizenship and Community Development, led by Universities of Warwick and London (Goldsmith’s College). Griffiths has significant management responsibilities within the University’s Educational Development Unit, which have inhibited research publication. She has directed a number of research projects in HE curriculum and accreditation, in particular the NICATS project.