WISERD Education is a one million pound investment to advance education research in Wales. Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), WISERD Education will undertake research in order to sustain and enhance the quality of learning and the standards of teaching and teacher education in Wales.
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Start date: 1st July 2012
End date: 30th June 2015
Funder: Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW)
WISERD Education has the potential to change the landscape of education research in Wales and will put Wales at the forefront of research capacity building developments in the UK and beyond. The main aims of the Programme are:
WISERDEducation is configured in terms of four interrelated sets of activities:
1. Building on the investment and expertise already developed within WISERD, Research Infrastructure Enhancement will lay the foundations for a robust and sustainable research future in Wales. This will involve: the improvement of the functionality of existing datasets, through data integration and better access; and the establishment of longitudinal studies of different age cohorts and institutions. These will be based in areas covered by the three collaborative centres of initial teacher education and represent the socio-economic, cultural and geographic diversity of Welsh society.
2. The research infrastructure will generate robust data for a series of Research Projects. We have outlined some indicative projects relating to poverty, progress and professional practice which will be undertaken during the early stages. External funding will be sought for further research projects to ensure sustainability.
3. The research projects will be a principal mechanism for Researcher Capacity Building across Wales through providing opportunities for postgraduate researchers within the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre and enabling less experienced researchers to undertake research alongside those with greater experience and expertise.
4. The Programme will additionally facilitate a range of Translational Activities which will increase the research literacy of educational practitioners, policy-makers and university staff engaged in initial and continuing teacher education who are not ‘research active’ (in terms, for example, of the REF2014).
As part of the WISERD Civil Society Seminar series, Tom Jones OBE presents an insider’s perspective on the role of civil society organizations in policy-making in Wales, the UK and Europe.
As part of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society Seminar Series, Dr Taulant Guma from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University presents emerging findings from the WISERD/Civil Society project on ‘Migrants, Minorities and Engagement in Local Civil Society’.