This issue contains articles on: Combining Techniques to Achieve Realism Roy Lowry (University of Plymouth) describes how he created a problem-solving exercise to help his students learn that real-life may demand they apply all the skills and knowledge they have. Learning by Making Decisions Anne Browne (Heriot-Watt University) describes how she helped her students discover they could adapt knowledge and learn from mistakes. Defusing the Time Bomb Graham Bishop (The Open University) analyses various approaches to assessment, and suggests ways of accommodating the needs of students and employers as well as tutors and assessors. How to Improve Your Research Rating Huw Morris (Kingston University) takes a tongue in cheek look at how departments might raise their standing in the research tables. Accrediting University Teachers in Australia Patricia Weeks explains how SEDA’s Teacher Accreditation Scheme became the benchmark for Queensland University of Technology’s own teaching qualification. Thinking About Disability Access to HE Viv Parker (University of East London) discusses some of the disadvantages posed for students with disabilities and shows how inclusive thinking about curriculum design, teaching and assessment can benefit everyone.