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The action plans are reviewed and monitored by the Learning and Teaching Sub-Committee, which reports to the Academic Quality and Enhancement Committee.

Introduction

The Learning and Teaching Strategy 2017-2022 has three main functions; to communicate the University’s aims and aspirations in relation to Teaching and Learning; to identity a strategic approach to achieving that vision; and provide guidance on supporting and delivering the Strategy.  The intention is to guide the development of rich, imaginative and creative educational experiences and enable staff and students to achieve their potential in an inclusive, people oriented and imaginative environment underpinned by partnership, dialogue and mutual respect.

The Strategy is designed to be inclusive, continuing to enhance student and staff learning and teaching as the University develops in new disciplinary areas and provides higher education for an increasingly diverse student population. It builds on the University’s reputation for excellence in teaching and its capacity for continued enhancement of the student experience across a rich diversity of contexts and disciplines.

Our approach to Learning and Teaching is underpinned by the University’s three Foundational Values.:

  • The dignity and worth of each individual
  • The vital role of education in the service of society
  • The inherent value of the pursuit of truth and freedom of enquiry and expression.

Our Aims

Working together we shall seek to achieve the following aims and aspirations;

  • Enable academic success and personal and professional development through inspirational teaching, transformational learning, and imaginative assessment • Understand the needs and expectations of all our students to promote and develop inclusive curricula
  • Engage all members of the University community in ensuring that the highest academic standards are consistently set, clearly communicated and effectively maintained
  • Develop academic programmes supported by high quality research, focused scholarship, and innovative practice, and delivered by professionally recognised staff
  • Provide appropriate learning environments, physical, digital, tangible and remote, to future proof learning, and reflect industry expectations, professional standards and staff and student needs
  • Work in partnership with students, ensuring that the student voice is heard in the development and enhancement of curriculum, and creative approaches to learning, teaching and assessment
  • Advance strategic partnerships between academics, industry, educational institutions and the work place to enhance curriculum recognising student expectation and raising aspiration and achievement.

Our Strategy

This Learning and Teaching strategy has been developed in alignment with the University Corporate Plan, Vision 2020 Altogether Better, acknowledging a changing Higher Education landscape and informed by relevant external and internal research findings and experiences and through consultation with a wide range of colleagues and students. Through its implementation, we seek to enable all students to achieve their potential through supporting successful progression, raising levels of achievement, enhancing graduate attributes and graduate employment opportunities and preparing for further study.

To realise the University’s aims and aspirations we will concentrate on the following key priorities:

  • Strengthening our use and analysis of outcomes and trends in Transition, Progression and Achievement
  • Promoting innovation, imagination and creativity in the design, content and delivery of inclusive Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Developing and enhancing of Partnership activity, with students, academia, industry and the community
  • Embedding of Academic and Employability skills in the curriculum Providing and supporting pedagogic and discipline specific staff development opportunities
  • Delivering appropriate Learning Environments - both the enhancement of physical accommodation for extant and new provision, and support for the development of individual digital capabilities.