LSME is actively dedicated to building and expanding base for advancing educational research, practice and policy in the UK and beyond. Our focus for this initiative includes the compelling need to develop research excellence to sustain our academic reputation and maximise our contribution to knowledge, skills and policy development that meet the educational needs of societies in the UK and abroad. LSME’s ambitious research agenda is governed by the Research Strategy, which focuses on strengthening the internal research capacity and creating a network of international research community conforming to the principles of Responsible Research and Innovations (RRI).
The institution strives to become a centre for multidisciplinary research in Education, Business, Health and social care, and other areas relevant to its provision by developing and evaluating new and emerging research topics. Effective dissemination of our research findings through peer-reviewed scientific publications and LSME Research Book and delivery of advice on knowledge translation will raise the profile of LSME. Our aspiration is to build strategic partnerships to strengthen research interactions with Universities, businesses, local government, and non-governmental organisations in the UK and abroad. We also aim to nurture new researchers at the earliest stage of their career development and provide academic support on research development in collaboration with reputable professionals.
LSME Research strategy is being achieved through a multi-pronged approach. One of the key areas of focus is providing a platform through LSME’s annual International Conferences and research workshops to strengthen research capacities, ethics and standards, educational capacities, information sharing and management and governance of educational institutions, and infrastructure development. These Conferences and workshops enable delegates from diverse backgrounds to share their research and benefit from the peer reviews and plenary sessions. The majority of the Conference Committee members are internationally renowned researchers who are happy to share their experiences with researchers at the early stage of their professional career development. These conferences present an opportunity for early career researchers from developing or less developed countries, some of whom work at the grassroots levels have to attend and present their research findings and to interact with other delegates to gain knowledge of current trends in research and become involved in collaborative research across the world. Another key reason for organising these series of conferences and workshops is to enable scholarly discussions that allow delegates and LSME staff and students to benefit from the latest research and development trends in education, which could be directly applied to their current practice. In addition to the knowledge transfer through, a limited number of students have benefited from the Conferences through their participation as LSME Ambassadors. It provides students with exposure to new cultures, international perspectives, and future opportunities.
LSME aims to disseminate research and knowledge as freely and widely as possible, without putting a high cost to it, so that less-privileged and early career researchers can access research materials. Hence LSME publishes the LSME Conference Proceedings Report and the Annual Research Book. The Conference Proceedings book is a compilation of the proceedings of the annual conferences which is published on the website as open access (OA) material. The LSME Research Book contains full manuscripts presented at the Conference published for dissemination as Open Access research dissemination platform on the LSME website to facilitate the sharing of knowledge. This would prove invaluable not only to the Conference delegates but to the researchers from around the world who may not be able to afford costly journals.
Strengthening internal research capacity is a key element of the LSME Research Strategy and steps are being taken to gradually develop the necessary infrastructure, resources and capabilities to produce great research minds.
The institution is currently focusing on research development in line with the theme of Responsible Research and Innovations (RRI). Hence, all LSME research conferences are conducted under the framework of RRI.
LSME promotes the concept of Responsible Research and Innovations (RRI) as part of its Research Agenda. This is a concept for better alignment of research and innovation with the values, needs, and expectations of key stakeholders particularly the society in which research is conducted. This process implies close cooperation between all the key players during research formulation and education, the definition of research agendas, access to research results and the application of new knowledge in full compliance with gender and ethical considerations.
LSME supports this shift in the evolution of research for the simple reason that it is perceived as a system for inclusive and sustainable growth for its educational research agenda. The challenge for the interaction between educational research and society is the need to nurture and support the collaboration required to conduct RRI with and for society in a systemic and sustainable way. This requires open debates and learning from each other along the lines of RRI while adhering to highest ethical standards.
With a view to propagate the research agenda both nationally and internationally, LSME initiated its annual International Research Conference series. The main objective of this series is to create a credible platform for dissemination of RRI works of experts and emerging researchers from across the world. While it becomes an avenue for cross-fertilisation of ideas, it is also a training ground for young researchers and giving them a boost to step up their research work aligned to RRI concept.
As part of the institution’s research agenda, training workshops are organised to introduce professionals to practical skills, techniques, and ideas required for an efficient implementation of research projects.
– Research Advantage Programme Workshop – April 2016, Brussels
Our peer reviewed full manuscripts from conference proceedings and other research work are published on our website on an open access basis to maximise dissemination to a wider audience including to prospective learners and members of the general public.
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