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Curriculum Design 2018

Over coming months, the Division of Academic and Student Engagement will facilitate a major institutional curriculum review and redesign project, led by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Pascale Quester. This important project will invite wide input from students and staff at all levels of the University, as well as from industry and community stakeholders. Its aim will be to ensure a curriculum model for the University that is coherent, fit-for-purpose and highly compelling for diverse student cohorts as they prepare for their futures in the rapidly changing environment of work and society.

Reinventing Curriculum Oration Series

To launch the Curriculum Design project, Professor Philippa Levy established ‘Reinventing Curriculum’, an oration series which invites reflection and opens up debate from a range of perspectives on key questions relating to higher education curriculum in the contemporary world.

  • Inaugural Oration - Friday 6 July 2018; Professor Ron Barnett

    ‘Re-thinking the Curriculum in the Twenty-first Century: Pitfalls and Possibilities’
    Professor Ronald Barnett, Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at University College London Institute of Education

    Professor Barnett is a leading international scholar and thought-leader of higher education, and author of many influential books on the subject. For over thirty years, he has been advancing a social philosophy of the university. He has characterised his position as at once realist, critical, imaginative and practical, attempting to identify creative concepts and practical principles that might enhance universities and higher education. His 31 books include the just published The Ecological University: A Feasible Utopia (2018). He has been described as ‘one of the most eloquent defenders of the university of reason’ (Michael Peters, 2014).

Engagement and Consultation

The Curriculum Design consultation process will start with a conversation with each Faculty and the Divisions, as well as with students. In the spirit of co-creation external stakeholders, such as schools and industry leaders will be consulted, as will employers. A Steering Group will provide advice, guidance and oversight of the process, while a Reference Group will drive discussions and actions from within faculties. The Engagement and Consultation Plan guides the activities that are planned to take place throughout July - September 2018.

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