Cardiff Metropolitan University engages in research at the interface of new knowledge creation and its application and which has direct application in business, industry, the professions and the community at large. UWIC’s Staff are actively involved in engaged research with a variety of key stakeholders in the area of education, social sciences and change behaviour. Such stakeholders include schools, colleges, local and regional government, charities and voluntary groups. The research undertaken involves subject specialist involvement as well as development of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, indicators and support for evaluation studies. This includes the development and delivery of peer training in schools.
Cardiff School of Education:
The School of Education has over 2,000 students supported by over 100 academic and administrative staff. In 2001 the School of Education celebrated 50 years of Initial Teacher Education Training (ITET) provision in Cardiff and it remains the largest in Wales and one of the largest centres for ITET in the United Kingdom. It has established an enviable reputation for the quality of its provision that has been publicly recognised by Estyn through its inspection process.
Professor Gary Beauchamp is Director of Research for the School of Education and Professor of Education and research focus is on ICT in education, particularly the use of interactive technologies in learning and teaching. After many years working as a primary school teacher, Professor Beauchamp moved into higher education as a lecturer at Swansea University. He became Programme Director for the primary PGCE course as well as lecturing in primary science, music and education and professional studies. He also taught on a range of MA modules and supervised research students. He moved to fulfil the same duties with Swansea School of Education before taking the post of Programme Director for the BA (Hons) Educational Studies degree at UWIC in 2007. He was appointed Director of Research in 2009. Professor Beauchamp is an Additional Inspector for Estyn (where he undertook a full-time secondment for six months) and has inspected a range of educational providers. He is also a Governor in a primary school and has served as external examiner for several universities.
Emily Hillier first joined Cardiff School of Education in August 2010 as a Research Assistant working on various externally-funded research projects. Having successfully completed her MSc qualification and gained valuable research project experience, Emily is now also studying part-time for a Ph.D. exploring the role of assistive technologies for pupils with a visual impairment. Additionally in September 2012 Emily was appointed as an hourly paid lecturer teaching on the BA Education Studies course in the areas of Research Methods and ICT: pedagogy and practice.