Education Innovation Research and Development (EIRD)
Having developed a ground-breaking and innovative Pharmacy syllabus, based around integration of disciplines, and team-based learning, Bradford School of Pharmacy launched an Educational Research and Innovation and Development group in April 2013 which interacts closely with colleagues from the Faculty of Health Studies and the University’s Centre for Educational Development.
The aim of the group is to promote the scholarship of curriculum development, learning, teaching and educational research that supports high quality undergraduate and postgraduate education and practice. EIRD also aims to foster collaborative research and evaluation and share best practice across organisational and disciplinary boundaries.
The University of Bradford Undergraduate Curriculum Framework has set out key Curriculum Themes and Principles which include a research-informed curriculum that engages learners with current research relevant to their subject discipline, the opportunity to engage with researchers and is informed by evidence drawn from educational research. The EIRD group have aligned scholarship in terms of the need to recognise and reward ‘discovery’ but also that of integration of new knowledge in terms of its application to social practice and teaching, thereby fostering scholarly agents of change and improvement.
Current focus areas within the group are collaborative learning, interprofessional education, professionalism, education for sustainable development, promoting responsible science and professionalism, experiential learning and assessment for learning.
Lead Academic: Dr Sue Jones