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Centre for Academic, Researcher & Organisation Development



Biggs, J. (2003) Teaching for Quality Learning at University. 2nd Ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press/Society for Research into Higher Education.

Well-known seminal text making case for the 'constructive alignment' of learning, teaching and assessment to promote high quality learning, and containing numerous examples and case studies.

Butcher, C., Davies, C. and Highton, M. (2006) Designing Learning: From Module Outline to Effective Teaching, Abingdon, Routledge.

Excellent introductory text covering all aspects of learning and teaching.

Fry, H., Ketteridge, S. and Marshall, S. (2008) (eds.) 3rd Ed.  A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. London, RoutledgeFalmer.

A collection of papers covering virtually all aspects of teaching and learning at a basic level, and including materials on clusterings of disciplines. Very useful to dip into for specific topics.

Ramsden, P. (2003) Learning to Teach. 2nd Ed. London: RoutledgeFalmer

Classic text, based on premise that, if the purpose of teaching is to enable students to learn, then teachers need first to know how their students learn and then teach and assess accordingly. Combines scholarship with practical relevance and is highly readable.


The library supports a number of journals dealing with teaching and learning. The main ones currently supported are:

Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education

A prestigious and influential journal covering the full spectrum of issues in assessment, feedback and evaluation. Available on-line at

Higher Education Research and Development

Probably the premier international journal for papers on teaching and learning and doctoral supervision and includes papers both by practitioners and educational researchers. Available on-line at



Innovations in Education and Teaching International

International journal with broad coverage of innovations in learning, teaching, and assessment. Available on-line at

Studies in Higher Education

Covers the whole range of higher education, but with numerous articles on teaching, learning and doctoral supervision written, in the main, by educational researchers.  Available on-line at

Teaching in Higher Education

Wide range of articles on teaching, learning and assessment mainly written by practitioners, often from an action research perspective. Available on-line at

Web sites

The Higher Education Academy web site contains a wealth of resources relating to teaching and learning and the student experience.

For research supervision, the University of Oxford has a useful web site offering a wide range of resources.