The workshop, which took place on 14 June 2012, gave the University the opportunity to welcome to Winchester four internationally renowned speakers, the HEA Discipline Lead for Languages, and over twenty colleagues from all over the UK.
The event was convened by Professor Kris Spelman Miller, who, with Dr Carolin Esser-Miles from the Departments of English, Creative Writing and American Studies, spoke about student learning initiatives at Winchester. The day was structured around presentation slots and discussion of topics focussing on how we build research expertise in our English Language and Linguistics programmes, how we engage students in handling primary data, how we draw out criticality and how we encourage students to think and work as researchers. The discussion gave an opportunity for productive exchange of ideas from across the sector and led to a number of plans for future collaboration, for example in running student-led conferences and projects across the network.
Prof. Spelman Miller: "This type of event is invaluable in enabling the exchange of ideas and good practice, and ensuring that we advance as practitioners and build strong networks. We intend to run more such events with the HEA's support."
Dr Alison Sealey, Senior Lecturer in Modern English, University of Birmingham: Undergraduate students' research in English Language at the University of Birmingham
Prof. Rosamond Mitchell, Director of the Centre for Applied Language Research, University of Southampton: Using learner corpora in teaching Second Language Acquisition
Dr John Field, Senior Lecturer in Cognition in Language Learning and Assessment, University of Bedfordshire: Making research accessible: conclusions from psycholinguistics
Dr Emma Marsden, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of York: Collecting data about second language learning and teaching: Introducing IRIS, a digital database of materials
Dr Carolin Esser-Miles, Senior Lecturer in English, and Prof. Kristyan Spelman Miller, CRiL Convenor and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: Engaging Winchester students as active researchers.