Research centre is 'blazing a trail'

The School’s research centre featured in an article in the TESS magazine to promote the benefits of research within the education sector.

The Hutchesons’ Grammar Research Centre is a new and innovative project to establish a centre of research excellence. The HCR will foster and develop a spirit of research as a life-long and life-enhancing activity that develops an individual’s intellectual and personal life as well as their academic and professional success.

The HCR will be a hub for innovative research projects and will facilitate collaborations between Hutchesons' and the academic research community. 

The initiative has already led to one S6 pupil investigating whether children should be raised communally, rather than by their parents and pupils as young as 15 writing for an academic journal.

The school’s head of psychology Jonathan Firth is currently collaborating with a memory expert at the University of Dundee to explore whether delaying homework by a few weeks can help pupils to remember lessons.

Head of Philosophy and Religion and Centre director Dr Philip Tonner, who was recently awarded his second doctorate told TESS: “It is here to promote research as a good, life enhancing, career-enhancing, and educationally enhancing process.”

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