Developing a systematic approach towards Impact field research

Grant type: Development (2000-08)
Round: October 2006
Amount awarded £5,000.00
Completed: April 2009
Leader(s): Dr Steven Coombs
Organisation: Bath Spa University
Contact Email:
Contact phone: 01225 876 419
Cliff Harris (SWIfT)
CPD Programme Director, School of Education, College of St Mark & St John
Cliff Jones (UCET)
UCET CPD Impact SIG & Liverpool University CPD
Malcolm Lewis
Director of Further Professional Studies, School of Education, Bristol University
Professor Ron Ritchie
Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of the West of England
Start Date: 26 January 2007
End Date: 28 December 2007
Interim report received: 12 June 2008
Final report received: 1 April 2009
This is a collaborative research proposal on behalf of the South West Regional Group for Professional Development (SWRGPD), which is chaired by Professor Ron Ritchie at the University of the West of England.

Recent changes in HE accredited postgraduate funding arrangements by the Training and Development Agency (TDA) for schools has seen the introduction of a new scheme called Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD). The PPD puts an obligation on all HE providers to produce an annual report on Impact-related field evidences drawn from teachers' practice in schools. This led to the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) to set up a Special Interest Group (SIG) looking into the issues of impact related research.

This bid seeks to coordinate and build upon the good practice development of the members of the SWRGPD and disseminate results in partnership with UCET et al.

As such, we view this bid as a catalyst to a much larger funded national project coordinated in partnership with UCET, the International Professional Development Association (IPDA) and the Standing Council for the Education and Training of Teachers (SCETT).