Keith Smyth University of the Highlands and Islands

Keith Smyth University of the Highlands and Islands

Keith Smyth

Prof. Keith Smyth

Keith Smyth is Professor of Pedagogy at the University of the Highlands and Islands, where he leads the Learning and Teaching Academy and works across the partnership on strategic learning and teaching developments, funded projects, and supporting staff to engage in educational research.

Keith has a particular interest in technology-enhanced learning, and in a previous role led a professionally accredited and award-winning MSc Blended and Online Education for teachers and educators. Keith has been involved in a range of projects and initiatives focused on harnessing technology to support inclusive educational practices, co-creative pedagogies and curriculum models, and open educational practice. Keith has undertaken funded projects in these areas for organisations that include the Higher Education Academy, Jisc, UK Ministry of Defence and the NHS, and has been involved in a number of third sector and community education projects and organisations.

Research Themes

Current research expertise ranges across subjects that include:

Environmental science  |  Tourism and heritage   |  Celtic and Nordic studies |  Marine Science  | Creative Industries | Rural childhood and development | History | Archaeology | Health | Energy

In support of spreading research throughout the whole university and ensuring that all academic staff are connected by a common culture of research scholarship, the university is pursuing a growing focus on supporting and developing the horizontal linkages across partners and disciplines. University faculty strategies for learning and teaching are focussed on creating research-teaching linkages and fostering a culture of scholarship and research. This requires a close and critical connection between the university’s curriculum strategy, staff development strategy, and the research strategy, and this will be a major focus for UHI.

Our research teams employ a ‘clustering’ of disciplines into four multi-disciplinary themes which are described in detail in the four main sections (accessed by the navigation link on the left). This gives a flavour of the type of activity currently being undertaken across the university.  Wherever possible use the contact details within each area to discover more detail or make direct contact with us.