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Embedding Research-Based Education at UCL


Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Details of the workshop:
Date : 28 Nov 2018 (Wednesday)
Time : 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Presenter : Prof. Anthony Smith, UCL Vice-Provost | Education and Student Affairs
Facilitator : Dr. Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, Associate Professor, HKU

Through its 20-year strategy, UCL2034, UCL has made a strategic commitment to bring its students closer to its world-leading research to increase the intellectual stretch and challenge of their studies and to prepare them better for employment and the next step in their careers. As part of this strategy, we have committed to our students that they will be full partners in the future of UCL and we have committed to staff that we will have a system of reward and recognition that properly reflects their contribution to education leadership. The concept of the Connected Curriculum will be described which is re-framing faculty discussions about embedding research-based education. The UCL Changemakers programme of student-led research projects will also be described and how these contributed to UCL’s submission to the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) introduced in 2017. Finally, UCL’s new Academic Careers Framework will be presented.

About the Speaker

Anthony Smith was appointed Vice Provost (Education and Student Affairs) at University College London (UCL) in 2012 where he takes the strategic lead for all matters related to education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is also Vice Provost responsible for UCL’s School of Laws, Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (4 faculties, 20 departments, 1100 staff, 9000 students and £170 million turnover). He is also responsible for Student and Registry Services, UCL Careers and UCL Culture.

Prior to his appointment at UCL he was Principal and Dean of the School of Pharmacy, University of London for six years from 2006. The School of Pharmacy merged with UCL in January 2012. He graduated in pharmacy with first class honours from the University of Bath in 1983 and continued at Bath studying for his PhD on photoenzymatic repair of DNA damage in Escherichia coli. He developed his research interests in human –pathogen interactions on his move to Aston University in 1987 and continued on his return to the University of Bath in 1993.

At UCL, he is leading on re-framing the role of education within a research-institution through curricular reform, engaging students as partners and reforming recognition and reward for staff.


He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
He is Chair of Trustees at Pharmacy Research-UK and a Governor of the Capital City Colleges Group.

For information, please contact:
Mr. Thomas Lau , CETL
Phone: 3917 4807; Email: kanclau@hku.hk​