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The MESH initiative is based on extensive research into how teachers use and wish to use and access research (Procter, 2014; 2015, in Younie et al 2018), the knowledge needed for teaching, the use of digital tools to provide access to research-based knowledge. Guides are linked into and extend the advice for secondary teachers in training in the Learning to Teach in the Secondary School textbook (Capel et al, 2016, 2019).

Publications are announced via Twitter (@meshguides) linked to Facebook (

Journal of Education for Teaching Special Editions – editor – Prof. Linda la Velle

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arah Younie, Jon Audain, Irma Eloff, Marilyn Leask, Richard Procter & Chris Shelton Mobilising knowledge through global partnerships to support research-informed teaching: five models for translational research

41 (5) Translational Research and Knowledge Mobilisation in Teacher Education

All the articles in this special edition are relevant to the MESH initiative,

Examples: 2018

Audain, J. – Westminster Forum

Younie, S. et al Symposium – British Educational Research Association, Newcastle

la Velle L. ICET conference, Texas

Examples: 2017

UNESCO Policy Dialogue, Togo, West Africa

Second Global Teacher Education Knowledge Mobilisation Summit Reports, 4 May 2017

Livingstone, K. Why pedagogy matters, policy advice, April 2017

Examples: 2016

First Global Teacher Education Knowledge Mobilisation Summit Reports, April 2016

  1. Summary of Marginal Gains strategy (pdf)
  2. Summit report with contributors Teacher Ed KMB summit 2016 report

These reports outline a ‘marginal gains’ knowledge mobilisation strategy enabling Teachers and Teacher Educators to become “change agents” for UNESCO SDG4. A ‘marginal gains’ strategy allowed the UK cycling team to win a gold medal at the London Olympics – they implemented small improvements in every aspect of practice to produce whole system improvement.

Global Education conference in Worcester in June.

Dr Joy Rosenberg  presented on  Acoustic Accessibility guide at an international conference in New York. The BATOD Foundation won UK Lottery Funding and have been running workshops for teachers of the deaf to pool their knowledge about teaching hearing impaired children in order to produce MESHGuides.

Dr Sarah Younie led a MESH symposium at the British Educational Research Association.

Dr Naomi Flynn made a presentation about the English as an Additional Language Guide at ECER in Dublin.

Professor Marilyn Leask provided keynote at the IIU conference in Islamabad on the MESH initiative as well as the ResearchEd conference in London and the Higher Education Festival at University of Buckingham..

Examples: 2015

UCET Research Committee, London, October 2015

Presentation: The MESH initiative – reconceptualising research to support your NQTs and student teachers becoming evidence-informed practitioners and to maximise REF scores.

Details of UK national assessments of university research can be found on (RAE 2008) and (REF 2014). New for 2014 was the submission of reach and impact data.

  1. Research Environment (and Esteem Indicators): Characteristics of world-class research environments
  2. Asssessing ‘outputs’ : Assessing research outputs: originality, significance, rigour
  3. Improving writing quality – improving  the chance of your article being cited in systematic reviews:
    1. Repose Guidelines – supporting the structuring of abstracts and articles so they can be included in systematic reviews
    2. Structuring your abstracts: Mosteller, F., Nave, B. and Roger 1. Why we need a structured abstract in Education research
  4. Translational Research: writing for research users
    1. See Flynn and McLean Davies in the symposia above
    2. BERA 2000 Good Practice in Research Writing- the ‘professional journal’ level is the translational research
    3. MESHGuides – reach and impact on user data
      1. Creating a MESHGuide
      2. Submission and the Editorial Process. See
      3. Reach data (automatically generated from Google Analytics) and improving reach data
      4. Impact data and improving impact data e.g. Lavelle and Ovenden-Hope in the symposia above, Spelling online survey, case studies
      5. scaling up/internationalising – managing partnerships online e.g. using

BERA, Belfast, Northern Ireland – September 2015

Symposium 1: Knowledge mobilisation and translational research

  1. MESH Progress Report: Dr Richard Procter and Dr Sarah Younie, De Montfort University and Sarah Jones, University of Hull
  2. Translational Research and Knowledge Mobilisation: Dr Tanya Ovenden-Hope, Cornwall College and Professor Linda la Velle, Plymouth University
  3. Developing the clinical teaching MESHGuide: Dr Larissa Mclean-Davies et al , University of Melbourne
  4. What works for teaching EAL? mapping teachers’ subject knowledge development through the use of on-line evidence-based guidance: EAL MESHGuide Dr Naomi Flynn previously University of Wincnester and now University of Reading

Symposium 2: Knowledge mobilisation and translational research: selected international perspectives

  1. Ensuring teacher access to world-class knowledge: a knowledge management, mobilisation and translational research strategy for the UK education sector: Professor Marilyn Leask et al, Education Futures Collaboration and University of Bedfordshire
  2. MESH Pakistan: Prospects and Challenges Professor N.B.Jumani, Dean of Education and Social Sciences, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan video and paper to be published in the JET special edition on translational research 2015 and Dr Samina Malik, Head of Education, Women’s Section, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
  3. Mobilisation new pedagogic knowledge to support national curriculum change – a model from the IT in Teacher Education professional organisation: Moira Savage, University of Worcester and Knowledge Mobilisation Strategy chair IT in Teacher Education professional organisation and Jon Audain, University of Winchester.
  4. Egypt/UK Global Partnerships to support research capacity building and a model of participatory knowledge mobilisation: Dr Kevin Burden et al, University of Hull.
  5. Meeting the UNESCO Education for All goals – the example of the Masifundisane (Zulu – Teach one Teach all) MESHGuide Professor James O’Meara, National Louis University, Chicago, USA and President of ICET, International Council on Education for Teaching and member of UNESCO NGO Education Committee, Professor Marilyn Leask and Dr Alex Coutts – retired Deputy Rector of the Edgewood College of education, Natal area, South Africa.

Preparing for REF 2020: extending the research and impact of your research through writing a research summary for users as a MESHGuide.

Details of UK national assessments of university research can be found on (RAE 2008) and (REF 2014). New for 2014 was the submission of reach and impact data.

Teachers and researchers co-constructing knowledge Dr Naomi Flynn, University of Reading

Imagining teaching as a fully evidence-informed profession: what has to be done by whom and when Professor Marilyn Leask, co-chair Education Futures Collaboration Charity and University of Bedfordshire

Jonnie Noakes, Eton College

ECER- September 2015

Tried and tested means Trusted Professor Linda la Velle, University of Plymouth and Dr Tanya Ovenden-Hope, Cornwall College

Griffith University, Queensland, Australia – August 2015

Teaching as a Research Informed Profession: Challenges and Solutions Professor Marilyn Leask, co-chair Education Futures Collaboration Charity and University of Bedfordshire.

Other Examples from 2015

Neuromyths went live in time for the Learning Sciences and Pedagogy International Dialogue hosted by the OECD/UNESCO and the NSF in Shanghai.

– ITTE conference in London in July

– Westminster Forum in April

–  Research Ed Research Leads conference in April

– A workshop in Egypt went ahead in February 2015 with Kevin Burden, Sarah Younie, Richard Procter, Sarah Jones

– Sarah Younie was invited to the Phillipines to present MESH to colleagues there

Examples from 2014

ICORE conference in Lahore Pakistan – presentations by Marilyn Leask. Thank you to colleagues in Pakistan.

Professor Margaret Whitehead, Dr Victoria Goodyear, Professor Linda la Velle, Dr Tanya Ovenden Hope, Dr Sarah Younie, Professor Marilyn Leask and Dr Larissa Mclean Davies and colleagues provided a symposium on knowledge mobilisation at the BERA conference in London in September 2014.
Professor Colin Harrison presented a paper on Spelling MESH at ECER in Oporto in September 2014.
Professor Marilyn Leask ran workshops in writing MESH Guides at the TEFANZ conference in July 2014 in Hamilton, New Zealand and at the ATEA conference in July 2014 in Sydney.
Dr Sarah Younie and Professor Marilyn Leask, Professor Linda la Velle and Dr Tanya Ovenden Hope presented MESH at the ICET conference ( ) in Osahawa in Canada in June 2014.
Dr Sarah Younie presented MESH at the TEPE conference in Zagreb in May 2014.
Dr Kevin Burden spoke about MESH at the SITE conference in March 2014.
MESH writing workshops and how to ensure your research counts in the UK REF assessment have been run at around twenty universities in different countries and at professional association conferences.

and so on…