CHERSNet: Promoting, supporting and inspiring educational enquiry

Welcome to CHERSNet, the successor to the Educational Enquiry Network (EDEN) in promoting educational enquiry and supporting the development and dissemination of educational scholarship at Imperial.

The network, hosted by the Educational Development Unit, was relaunched in 2018 to support the work of Centre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship (CHERS). Like its predecessor, the remit of CHERSNet is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and resources, as well as to facilitate peer support and opportunities for reviewing and disseminating draft presentations and publications. For the forthcoming academic year we intend to hold face-to-face meetings around once every two months as well as establish more of an online presence in facilitating support and building our community.

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Meetings 2021-22

Please contact Nikki Boyd for details of upcoming meetings.

What CHERSNet can offer

Like its predecessor, CHERSNet seeks to be a facilitative network and members will be responsible for their own enquiry and dissemination activities. CHERSNet co-ordinators, EDU tutors and peers can offer guidance at meetings and, where appropriate, may contribute to the improvement, dissemination or publication of research.

CHERSNet exists for the benefit of its members and, as part of its relaunch, shall endeavour to engage with those involved in it as to what format and features would be of most value. In essence, however, CHERSNet will encourage its members to:

  • engage with educational enquiry
  • read educational literature and attend relevant conferences
  • enhance their enquiry methods and refine their empirical findings
  • orally disseminate their research both within and beyond Imperial College, for example, in Departmental, Faculty and College events or in external conferences
  • position their studies more accurately and precisely within higher or medical education – with respect to practice, theory and methodology
  • identify suitable peer-reviewed journals (either discipline-specific or generic) for publishing their findings


Mrs Nikki Boyd
Senior Teaching Fellow in Medical Education

Previous meetings

26 April 2022

Kirsty Flower - 'How does LGBTQIA+ identity impact student experience in the active learning classroom?'
Maham Stanyon - 'How Q-riosity shattered the shared illusion of the Japanese generalist and specialist: A Q-method exploration of doctor perceptions of specialty divisions in Japanese medicine'
Charlotte Sutherell - 'Are we literate? Exploring how views on feedback amongst Chemistry staff influence their undergraduate course design'

2 March 2022

Heather Hanna - 'Do I say it best when I say nothing at all? The lived experience of teaching and learning of introvert students undertaking postgraduate courses in the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College'

Tiffany Chiu and Órla Murray -  Presenting the findings of the SIDUS (Supporting the Identity Development of Underrepresented Students) project. 

3 November 2021

Stefano Sandrone - 'Identity development of the budding neuroscientist at postgraduate level: Perspectives from alumni and current academics'

Tatiana Codreanu - 'Multimodal interactions through screens'

22 June 2021

Dr Camille Kandiko Howson and Dr Mike Streule - ‘Navigating the world of education publishing'

Dr. Jo HorsburghDr. Tiffany Chiu and Dr. Magda Charalambous - 'Top tips for publishing or disseminating your work in education'

25 February 2021

Stefano Sandrone - ‘Active learning in STEMM’

Anna Maria Jones - ‘Exploring the student transition to postgraduate study in the Faculty of Medicine’

Linda Stringer - ‘Doing well at university: What predicts success in Mechanical Engineering?’

12 November 2020

Tiffany Chiu - 'Underrepresented Student Identities at Imperial: An Introduction to the SIDUS Project'

Vijesh Bhute and Ellen Player - ‘Technology Enhanced Delivery of Mathematics to Improve Accessibility and Feedback in Higher Education'

Previous meetings

24 September 2020

Vijesh Bhute - ‘Improving Accessibility in Mathematics education’

Dr David Riley - 'Action Research in the time of Covid-19'

Dr Eliel Cohen and Dr Julianne Viola - Measuring and understanding students' sense of belonging

30 July 2020

Irene Kalkanis - 'Descriptive learning analytics for monitoring and evaluating online degrees: Approaches, lessons learned and looking forward to future developments’

Dr Mariam Sbaiti - 'The "us and them" divide: Minority students' experiences of empowerment and alienation in Global Health education'

23 June 2020

Dr Arti Miani, Celine Esuruoso and Lydia Daniels - 'Embedding coaching in education: Challenges and Opportunities'

Alejandro Luy - 'Building belonging in a competitive environment: A look at sense of belonging across multiple sectors'

30 January 2020

Vily Papageorgiou - 'Exploring online pedagogical practice through design for learning: Educators and online learning designers’ perspectives and experiences'

Dr Roel Schipper - 'Use of peer assessment among students as pedagogy for activating learning'

28 November 2019

Dr Louise Rickard and Dr Mike Tennant - 'The ups and downs and ins and outs of Peer Assessment of Groupwork'

Dr Camille Kandiko Howson - 'Moving from evaluation to research: An interactive session'

12 September 2019

Introduction to the Education evaluation toolkit by Dr Eliel Cohen and Dr Julianne Viola, Centre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship

Dr Irene Kalkanis - 'Understanding learner pathways and predicting behaviours at scale'

Dr Matthew Harris and Dr Mark Skopec - 'Addressing Geographic Bias in the Masters in Public Health – challenges and pitfalls'

Previous meetings

30 July 2019

Emelie Helsen - 'Sense of Belonging: The experiences of racially minoritised undergraduate students in UK universities'

Dr Miranda Kronfli - 'A Student Partnership Approach to teaching Clinical Communications in the Medical Undergraduate Setting'

Dr David Riley - 'Is Learning Enough?' How school leavers differentiate and transform into scientists, engineers, clinicians, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs is a familiar mystery. This session invites action research into the ‘alchemy of student transmutation’, as inter-reactions between learning and development.

15 May 2019

Roberts Zivtins - 'Evaluating science outreach at Imperial - Case studies in the Wohl Reach Out Lab'

Dr Caroline Clewley and Dr Monika Pazio - 'Working in partnership: what difference does it make?'

27 March 2019

Dr Eve Rapley - 'Practice theory and sociomateriality in post-compulsory educational research – developing a qualitative methodology to explore H.E teacher pedagogic practices in a UK landbased college'

Dr Chris John - 'Incorporating group work into your teaching'

23 January 2019

Dr Mike Streule - 'Working with students as partners in higher education: Rationale for the approach and opportunities for research and dissemination'

Dr Tiffany Chiu - 'University lecturers' construction of the 'ideal' undergraduate student'

8 November 2018

Dr Mark Anderson and Dr Mike Tennant – 'STEM: Students’ ability to engage in critically reflective writing'

Luke McCrone – 'Space to learn? Student perspectives'

12 September 2018

Mrs Kate Ippolito and Dr Monika Pazio – 'Suck it and see: Transforming STEMM university teachers’ assessment perspectives and practices through experiential learning'