The Centre for Global Learning: Education and Attainment (GLEA) aim to impact positively and ethically on teaching and learning across the higher education sector, and beyond, by engaging with high quality research and influencing policy and practice. Its focus is around the interface of two main themes:
Intercultural engagement and global education
The focus of this theme is on how higher education institutions are integrating an intercultural and global dimension into the purpose, functions, design and delivery of learning experiences and the impact that this has on students.
This involves conducting research on the effects of strategies, initiatives and practices aiming to develop intercultural engagement (based on knowledge, attitudes and skills) and a global outlook among students and staff. More generally, it requires looking at the role that intercultural dialogue plays in addressing global issues and inequalities within society.
- Interculturality in teaching and learning
- Internationalising the curriculum; building capacity and quality into course design and pedagogical practices
- International collaborations and our capacity to influence transnational education in its broadest sense
- Inclusive education
- Capacity building
Equity and attainment
This theme focuses on researching the systematic and strategic approaches to addressing differential student outcomes in higher education. The nature of this theme means that students from disadvantaged groups will be more represented and supported.
- Equity of Attainment
- Exploring the impact of policy. Measures and rewards in encouraging widening participation
- Making education inclusive, particularly with regard to socioeconomic disadvantage, gender, BAME, disabilities and care leavers
- Challenges and solutions in inclusive higher education and transitioning through primary, secondary and higher education, and into employment
- Understanding literacy and language development in education
- Supporting learners with special education needs throughout the learning cycle
- Student mental health and wellbeing
- Impact of COVID-19 on education