Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice
Kingston University's new Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice (CHERP) was launched on 1 August 2013. Based at Kingston Hill, CHERP will support the development of research-informed learning and teaching. Led by Acting Director Dr Tim Linsey, the Centre falls within the portfolio of PVC Education Professor Lesley-Jane Eales-Reynolds who has been responsible for establishing the Centre.
The Centre aims to make our academic practice increasingly professional through accreditation and robust research, in line with priorities identified in Led by Learning and the University Education Strategy. Our students naturally expect to be taught by highly professional academics and we also recognise the wider value and impact of staff who have a high-level understanding of teaching and learning. Our Education Strategy therefore requires all academic staff to gain a teaching qualification by 2020, and to demonstrate a continuing commitment to academic development.
CHERP will manage Kingston's professional standards framework for academics, which we aim to have accredited by the Higher Education Academy in December 2013. This will demonstrate the commitment of our staff to lifelong learning and continuing professional development.
CHERP manages validated programmes in higher education including the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCLTHE) and a new MA in Higher Education, to be launched in September 2014.
CHERP will lead the Kingston Education Research Network (KERN), comprising of staff and students from disciplines across the University. KERN's main areas of interest are:.
- Pedagogy and practice
- Higher education policy
- Institutional research