Research at Tai Poutini Polytechnic
Tai Poutini Polytechnic has recently begun offering degree programmes in creative arts and business, with further degree courses in the pipeline. NZQA regulations require that most tutors involved in teaching at degree level should be actively engaged in research. Accordingly, over the last two years, the polytechnic has worked hard to introduce and actively support the development of a research culture among its staff.
A research and ethics committee, under the umbrella of the Academic Board, was established in 2013. The committee is currently chaired by Annabel Schuler and comprises both tutorial and non-tutorial members (including most staff who currently hold a PhD qualification), and an external member (Dr Christine Fenton). The Committee’s role is to provide support and oversee research initiatives; consider proposals and make recommendations; and champion a culture of research and knowledge exchange at TPP.
The Committee’s first task was to draw up a research policy. This has now been approved by the Academic Board and the Council. It can be seen here.
As part of the Research and Knowledge Exchange Policy, policies have been developed around risk assessment and ethics approvals for research involving animals and humans. These policies can be seen here. A sub-committee of the Research and Ethics Committee, currently chaired by Dr Keith Macky, is tasked with approving any research proposal involving ethical issues.
The Research and Ethics Committee has established a register to record the research output of its staff. This is currently co-ordinated by library staff. The first register covered the period 2010-2014 and can be seen here. The 2016 register can be seen here.The register will be published annually, both on the web site and in the annual report.
The library is able to offer assistance in a variety of ways.
TPP has access to a number of electronic databases and e-books which can provide you with resources for your research.
[We can provide links here to anything which is available online and can publish in full conference papers and other research output as appropriate]