Hogeschool van Amsterdam

HERD: have you heard about it?

4 Mar 2019 00:00 | Communication

The Higher Education Research & Development (HERD) network is a key U!REKA initiative focused on boosting our consortium’s R&D activities related to generic higher education practices. Do you want to know how?

Following the U!REKA conference in Edinburgh in 2017, the Higher Education Research & Development (HERD) network was brought to life. This network will enhance the U!REKA research and development activities related to generic higher education practices. HERD serves as a gateway for research, educational development and innovation.

“Generic higher education practices” are all topics and activities that are part of our institutions beyond those specifically related to professional training and instruction. Examples of these generic practices are: our HR and other organisational activities, professional development and identity building of teaching and non-teaching staff, and institutional strategies to connect research and education.

HERD team member Didi Griffioen from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, addressing participants at the AUAS Research Day 2019.

Being heard: connecting and learning from each other

A HERD theme page will be created on the U!REKA website, to collectively present the consortium's activities. This will serve as a portal for all U!REKA colleagues, where they can share knowledge on HERD-related topics. Additionally, joint research projects are being set up, where we conduct research together and systematically compare institutional research practices, with the aim to publish international articles on these projects in scientific journals.

The HERD network also organised a thematic track during the 2018 U!REKA conference in Frankfurt; Shaping Urban Communities: Smart and Sustainable Solutions.

Finally, HERD members Didi Griffioen from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), Martha Caddell from Edinburgh Napier University and Barbara Lämmlein from Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences gave a workshop at the AUAS Research Day (28 January 2019), called “Higher education research can improve your own professional practice”.

Thanks to the HERD network, many more fruitful collaborations can be expected in the future.