The contribution of academics' engagement in research to undergraduate education

Ademir Hajdarpasic, Angela Brew, Stefan Popenici

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Can current trends to develop teaching-only academic positions be reconciled with the notion of the interrelationship of teaching and research as a defining characteristic of universities? In particular, what does academics' engagement in research add to students' learning? A study of 200 undergraduates' perceptions of the role of staff research in their university education is presented to contribute towards answering these important questions. The data, which include a large number of qualitative responses, show that students believe that academics' engagement in research deepens student understanding, increases enthusiasm for learning and teaching, encourages postgraduate study, develops skills useful for employment and enhances undergraduate research activities. The article argues that academics' engagement with research is a key contributor to making higher education ‘higher’ and effectively increases the value of education to the student.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)644-657
Number of pages14
JournalStudies in Higher Education
Issue number4
Early online date23 Dec 2013
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes


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