Research Centre for Learning and Teaching

Research Teas

Research Teas

Research Teas encourage dialogue with other researchers in the university. They enable newer members of staff to informally present ideas and work in early stages, kick around outcomes and methods, and relate research to teaching.

If you would like to contribute to our Research Tea programme, attend, or want to know more about what we do, please contact the convenor Lucy Tiplady.

Upcoming Research Teas

This term we are continuing our CfLaT Research Teas with in-person/hybrid seminars that provide an opportunity for staff, postgraduate students and other interested parties to get together remotely to discuss current research.

The seminars will begin with presenters introducing an aspect of their research to be discussed by the group. Feel free to join with tea or lunch in hand! Please email for the Zoom link and passcode for these meetings:


Thursday 30th June 10.45-12, please see details below, location King George VI Building, room tbc, zoom link also available.  

Dr. Clare Guilding Learning community development in medical education

Evidence shows that building connections and a community in medical school is vital for both student and faculty development, engagement, and sense of belonging. Learning Communities, which are intentionally created groups of students and/or faculty learning together and from each other, have been shown to enhance professional development/professional identity formation and student wellbeing. However, LCs are rare within UK medical schools. In 2021 Learning Communities (LCs) were introduced into the MBBS (medicine) degree programme at Newcastle, creating smaller cohorts within the large enrolment programme. Learning communities were timetabled together for all practical sessions (e.g. anatomy, Clinical Skills), monthly Learning Community meetings and biannual Learning Community events combining Year 1 and 2 students aimed at strengthening student and faculty relations. We are nearing the end of the first iteration, and are in the process of evaluating the programme and developing a Theory of Change to inform future development and evaluation. While there have been some successes, there are numerous areas for improvement and development, which are currently being worked up into the second iteration of our now renamed Academic Communities.

 Past Research Teas