Implementing the Curriculum Framework and Employability Strategy

Welcome to this new blog which is intended to communicate the vision and progress of some of the major University learning and teaching initiatives that are in the early stages of implementation.

The presentations to all of the Schools and Corporate Services regarding the new Curriculum Framework and the Employability Strategy are now complete.  The Curriculum Framework will be implemented over a three year period (2012 – 2014). The Deans of Schools have been asked to consider how they will implement the curriculum framework and employability strategy. These decisions will be based on a number of key factors including when programmes are due for periodic review, outputs from academic reviews, programme enhancement plans, and programme metrics such as NSS scores, good honours, and student progression and retention.

The curriculum framework and the employability strategy have been well received and I will endeavour to build upon the enthusiasm of staff to further enhance the student academic experience.

The next step is to create a full timetable of Programme Approval and Review Team (PART) meetings to approve new programmes and enhancements to existing programmes (to align to the new framework)..

The deadline for submissions of phase one applications for new programmes to be commenced in September 2013 has now passed. The outcome of consideration of these applications will be communicated within the next two weeks.

I will be working with Professor Gwendolen Bradshaw, Celia Moran and Peter Hughes to finalise the programme of PARTS.  The draft programme for this year will be further developed with Deans and Associate Deans (Learning and Teaching).

I will host half day events with each School in order to provide more detail about the curriculum framework and support the development of School level implementation plans.

I will be meeting with Associate Deans (Learning and Teaching) and Professor Alistair Wood in January 2013 to ensure that we connect the approval of new programmes and revisions to existing programmes with the timetabling project.  This is important since the data in “syllabus plus” needs to accurately reflect the programmes that will be delivered 2013/14.

Finally, I would like to use this opportunity to thank colleague for their efforts in planning and implementing these important changes to our Curriculum.