Inseparable research and learning at the heart of everything we do

Where the interplay between the two is at the core of all our activities.

Our research not only informs our teaching, it is inseparably intertwined with it. This relationship sees our researchers bring their innovation into the classroom and our students inspired to research and is at the heart of our ambition to pioneer a distinctive elite of universities.

Academic and student collaboration leads to innovative migration exhibition

In the School of Museum Studies, an established culture of student-staff collaboration provides ongoing opportunities for students to not only hear about leading-edge research as it unfolds, but to work with academics to design, deliver and lead on their own research-led projects.

In 2014/15 a team of PhD students worked with researchers in Museum Studies and a variety of external partners, including the Migration Museum Project, to design and deliver an ambitious public engagement project – 100 Stories of Migration. The project drew on recent research by the School’s Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) into the role that museums play in presenting and informing audience attitudes around controversial, contemporary social issues and, moreover, experimented with new ways of engaging visitors inspired by further research into exhibition design and experience.

With support from the University’s Research Infrastructure Fund, the students produced an exhibition that was seen by several thousand visitors during its showing at Leicester train station, BBC Radio Leicester and on the University campus, as well as a film – Here and Now – that was subsequently selected by curators at the Southbank Centre to feature as part of their Changing Britain festival in 2015. 100 Stories of Migration also prompted a lively debate in regional and national media providing further opportunities for students to gain experience in disseminating their research and debating their findings with a variety of academic and non-academic audiences.