Critical, creative and applied
Our curriculum will challenge all students to be critical and creative, and to apply theory to practice. All students will learn to critically evaluate knowledge, weighing up and questioning evidence to make informed judgements. All students will become perceptive consumers and trustworthy producers of both applied and theoretical knowledge. We will challenge all students to go beyond simply reproducing knowledge to building on existing knowledge, critiquing it and applying it to the real world in inventive and creative ways.
Inspiring research and inquiry
Our curriculum will inspire all students to ask questions, investigate problems, propose solutions, especially to address the global climate emergency and create new knowledge. We will empower all students with the tools, methods and thinking processes to read and evaluate current research, stimulating curiosity about research topics of their choice. Working with academics who are engaged in research and inquiry and/or creative and applied projects themselves, our students will learn to conduct their own research and create new knowledge.
Our curriculum will challenge all students to contribute their knowledge, time and talents to the community in ways appropriate to their subjects, and as part of their social and environmental responsibility. Students will learn to work with industry professionals, and to link theory to practice in familiar and unfamiliar settings. We will encourage employers to shape the curriculum and help all students create networks beyond the university. Students will encounter global theories, develop a global outlook, and interact with local and international experts as part of their student experience.
Social and personal growth
Our curriculum will help all students to develop personally and socially, whatever their background. Students will grow in confidence and self-awareness as they reflect on and learn from their successes and failures. They will be challenged to develop socially and ethically, as they learn to listen and to speak out against inequality and injustice, and to develop empathy, respect, and the emotional side of learning. Students will use theory and knowledge to deepen their understanding of the challenges facing the world, especially the global climate emergency and achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Their intellectual growth will help them to question assumptions and to make well-reasoned and ethical choices.
Authentic and engaging assessment
Our assessment will mirror disciplinary practices and real-world contexts, preparing all students for the challenges of independent and team work, and developing skills that will help them to succeed in the workplace. All students will experience creative, engaging and meaningful assessment tasks which contribute to their formation as critical thinkers and as life-long learners. Assessments will build on each other and grow in complexity, enabling all students to see the connections across modules and years, and to think outside of the module box.
Intellectually stimulating for life
Our curriculum will inspire a love of learning that continues beyond university. It will develop curious habits of mind, crossing subject boundaries and engaging all students in debates and conversations which carry on beyond classes and extend into homes, workplaces and cultural spaces. We will inspire all students to value learning for its own sake, personalising learning so that they are able to draw links between knowledge and their own development.