It is crucial that all academic staff including researchers, are involved in teaching at the university. To this end, we hope to make information about what educational opportunities are out there available, as well as signposting where to find information on best practices and educational research. FREF, or the Faculty Research-Led Education Federation, part of the Good to Great Project, has been formed to address those needs.
In particular, we have at FMS-TEL been developing the FREF website which should provide a one-stop shop of sorts for institute-based researchers and others interested in finding information about teaching and research project opportunities. Those who are maybe just starting out and would like an overview of the structure of the schools and institutes in the Faculty of Medical Sciences can find this information on the website. We hope to help them identify which programmes are available that they might teach on or otherwise contribute to, for example by supervising undergraduate research projects. We are currently working to locate the website for FREF under the Learning and Teaching section of the FMS Sharepoint site and will also encourage colleagues to take advantage of professional development opportunities to build on the quality of their teaching.