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Vanessa is currently working on ‘Improving Learning and Teaching through Collaborative Observation’ with colleague Professor Matt O’Leary. The pilot stage of this project was funded by HEFCE Catalyst fund and now the pair is working on the publications of the pilot work as well as developing the project with international partners.
Vanessa is the co-author of a recently published independent research report to UCU on ‘Understanding, recognising and rewarding teaching quality in higher education: an exploration of the impact and implications of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework’. This research study and report was commissioned by UCU to gather evidences which were submitted to the Independent Review of the TEF led by Dame Shirley Pearce. She is currently working with Professor Matt O’Leary and Dr Amanda French on alternatives to the teaching excellence framework.
Other funded projects Vanessa is working on at the moment include:
- Evaluation of the Professional Exchange Network Programme
- The factors affecting the quality of the ‘off-the-job’ element of apprenticeships in the West Midlands region
- Leadership and the quality of teaching and learning in FE