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Symposium: Kindness, Care and Love: Exploring the Hinterlands of Active Learning Relationships in Education on Monday 14 April 2014. This one-day symposium will undertake a critical, challenging, uncomfortable, yet hopeful, exploration of the role of kindness, care and love in developing the respectful partnerships through which active learning can be nurtured. This interactive day of discussion and debate will connect with all sectors of education, ranging from Primary, Secondary, Higher, Community-based and the ongoing education of teachers. Please click here for further details and to book a place.


Welcome to HERG

The Higher Education Research Group (HERG) is housed within the Institute for Education, Community and Society (ECS), and is engaged in teaching, policy analysis, research and knowledge exchange activities. The Group was founded in the spring of 2012, however, research in the area of higher education has a much longer history in the education sector of The University of Edinburgh.

Within the Institute for Education, Community and Society, high quality research on topics relevant to higher education has been carried out by the Centre for Educational Sociology (CES), the Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity (CREID), the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES), the research group Digital Cultures and Education (DiCE) and colleagues from the former Centre for Teaching, Learning and Assessment (TLA Centre). Important research and knowledge exchange activities related to higher education have also been conducted by individuals, Groups and Institutes in other parts of the University, for example, in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), the Institute for Academic Development (IAD), the Physics Education Research Group, the Centre for Medical Education, the Veterinary Medical Education Research Unit, and colleagues in the School of History, Classics & Archaeology.

HERG aspires to build and reinforce synergies between existing areas of higher education research carried out within the Institute, the School and the wider University as well as across institutions in Scotland and internationally. The Group engages in both empirical and conceptual research on higher education and from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives including psychological, sociological, philosophical and historical.

HERG offers colleagues the opportunity to collaborate with others in research teams. It also aims to provide a meeting point in Scotland for research-informed exchanges and events on topical policy issues in higher education including the priorities identified by the Scottish Government.

  • Source of first image
    Michael Olmert, Smithsonian Book of Books (Smithsonian Institution, 1992). The miniature is shows Henry of Germany delivering a lecture at the University of Bologna and is Miniature 1233, in MS Kupferstichkabinett SMPK, Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin.
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    Old College, University of Edinburgh. Robert Adam designed Old College but died in 1792 before the building was complete. After Robert Adam's death his brothers, James and William, supervised the remaining building work carried out in the 1790's. Many years later - from 1817 to 1840 - William Playfair was responsible for the major remaining part. Robert Rowand Anderson designed the dome, built in 1877.

The Higher Education Research Group (HERG) is based in the Moray House School of Education.