The overall purpose of our research
The research carried out at the Field Centre and our sister centres, the Life Science Centre in Scotland and the Castelliz Centre in Wales, directly supports the charitable objects of Ruskin Mill Trust (RMT). It aims to improve our practice with students, evidence the benefits of our approach, and deepen staff understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of our Practical Skills Therapeutic Education method.
We further these aims through three kinds of research in particular:
Practitioner research by staff for staff
Goethean research to develop our theoretical basis
Outcomes-oriented research for external stakeholders
Our research consultant Dr Laurence Cox, and applied researcher Dr Gill Nah provide the research infrastructure that supports around 20 active researchers, both with the Trust and externally.
Research and HE management
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Ruskin Mill Land Trust
· Professor Alison Brown (Professor of Urban Planning and Development, Cardiff University / Prifysgol Caerdydd)
Patron of the Ruskin Mill Centre for Practice
· Professor Gert Biesta (Professor of Educational Theory and Pedagogy, University of Edinburgh; Professor of Public Education, National University of Ireland Maynooth; Visiting Professor, University of Agder, Norway)
Research Consultant, The Field Centre
· Professor Laurence Cox (Professor of Sociology, National University of Ireland Maynooth)
Applied Researcher and MA Course Leader, The Field Centre
· Dr Gill Nah (EdD in Higher Education, Kingston University; formerly Course Leader for the MA, Postgraduate and Graduate Certs, University for the Creative Arts, Surrey)
Director of Ruskin Mill Centre for Practice (RMCP) and Hiram Education and Research Team (HEaRT)
· Dr Keith Griffiths
Our associate researchers are primarily based in academic institutions and also carry out research at the Field Centre:
· Dr Judyth Sassoon (Research Fellow, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol)
· Dr Troy Vine (Humboldt University Berlin).
MA (Practical Skills Therapeutic Education), delivered by Ruskin Mill and validated by the University of Huddersfield
· Professor Liz Bennett – Academic Liaison officer
· Professor David Timms (Professor of English and former Vice Chancellor, Bath Spa University) – consultant
MA (Special Education, jointly delivered with Inland University Norway)
· Professor Rune Hausstatter (Head of Dept of Pedagogy, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences) – INN course lead
External research on Ruskin Mill outcomes
· Dr Margi Lennartsson Turner (Associate Professor, Centre for Agroecology and Water, Coventry University)
· Dr Geraldine Brown (Assistant Professor, Centre for Agroecology and Water, Coventry University)
The Field Centre is pleased to confirm its responsibility for undertaking PhD level research, specifically research to ensure the vibrancy and quality of the Trust’s method. All research undertaken serves to develop staff practice for the benefit of and impact on student progression.
To further this, Ruskin Mill Trust is sponsoring the following PhD research:
FIELD OF PRACTICE
Field 3 Biodynamic Ecology
Field 4 Therapeutic Education
Sheffield Hallam University
Field 2 Practical Skills
Field 4 Therapeutic Education
Field 3 Community Supported Agriculture
Royal Holloway, University of London
Field 1 Genius Loci
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
Field 6, Holistic Medicine
Senior Lecturer, Social Sciences and Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University and PhD Student
“There may be a difference between seeing and seeing… The eyes of the spirit have to work in perpetual living connection with those of the body, for otherwise one risks seeing yet seeing past a thing.”
Other research-active staff
Our strapline of “practice enhanced research – research enhanced practice” is brought to life at every level within the Trust, as Ruskin Mill staff as well as external candidates complete dissertations for our MA in Practical Skills Therapeutic Education, carry out research projects in the context of our various courses in craft, biodynamics, residential care and so on, or carry out independent research projects on other aspects of their practice. Research roundups in the Field Centre Journal of Research and Practice, in-house seminars and contributions to staff training ensure that this research continually feeds back into the practice of the Trust and hence benefits students.
The Field Centre Journal of Research and Practice presents research carried out within and around the Field Centre, and more broadly, work which shares our research themes.
Additional documents and information
Children’s Sensory Therapy Ltd were requested to complete a “short audit of three crafts, namely blacksmithing, greenwood work and wool work, pointing out the potential therapeutic and educational benefits to a young person.