Our Vision for Teaching & Learning

To educate students who will be valued for their academic excellence, their distinctiveness, and their world-readiness

We Will

Teaching and Learning Environment

  • Provide an outstanding teaching and learning environment that enables our students to articulate and achieve their ambitions, and benefit from optimal learning facilities and supports
  • Ensure that those who teach and design our programmes are provided with professional training and development opportunities
  • Develop a range of appropriate learning communities to support students in their academic progress, providing more opportunities for small-group teaching, placements, and pastoral and professional support, with an emphasis on the transition through First Year and the support of students from non-traditional backgrounds
  • Develop our ICT systems further to support flexible modes of learning
  • Review and revise our admissions requirements and entry routes for undergraduate programmes in line with national developments

Programme Content

  • Continue to promote research-led learning as an informing principle, aligning taught programmes with our areas of research strength, and providing opportunities for student participation in research
  • Seek to establish clear national leadership and build an international reputation in our areas of teaching and research strength
  • Complement our teaching and learning activities through external engagement with employers, alumni, mentors, practitioners, and community partners
  • Review, revise and develop new curricula to ensure that our portfolio of programmes is innovative, responsive to local, national and international demands, and attractive to high-achieving students
  • Develop greater opportunities for part-time, flexible and blended learning, further enhancing our national leadership in the provision of online learning
  • Advance  lifelong learning and  provide for the continuing professional development needs of employees in our region and beyond

Measures of Success

  • Embedded graduate attributes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, clearly articulating the qualities and skills that our students will acquire
  • Employers, professional bodies or community partners on at least 75% of programme and/or advisory boards
  • 80% of undergraduates receiving a work-based learning experience
  • 30% of the student body studying for postgraduate degrees, increased from 22%
  • 20% of student cohort on part-time, flexible and blended learning programmes, increased from 15%
  • 24% of students from traditionally under-represented groups entering full-time undergraduate study, increased from 19%
  • Administrative structures and processes simplified in all programmes, supported by investment in ICT systems
  • Very high rate of student retention maintained at 84%
  • Maintained position as ‘University of Choice’ for prospective undergraduate students in our catchment area, and nationally for our priority areas
  • 10% increase in the recruitment of students from outside our traditional catchment area
  • 10% rise in the number of undergraduate programmes with 400 or more CAO entry points; 20% rise in the number of undergraduate programmes with 450 or more CAO entry points
  • Centralised student feedback system that informs the design and delivery of teaching, learning and support service activities
  • Revised admissions requirements for students applying from Northern Ireland and Great Britain