Shortlisted to develop an institutional strategy in learning and teaching

LJMU is one of only 34 higher education providers to receive funding from the Higher Education Academy to develop an institutional strategy in learning and teaching.

The strategies to be delivered by the HE providers are in a number of set domains including; approaches to the metrics to measure teacher excellence, curriculum design and internationalisation and the global citizen. Learning from these strategies will be shared with the sector at a dissemination event in the spring of next year.

LJMU is the only university in Liverpool to receive the funding for its strategy entitled ‘Harnessing effective engagement with engagement data.’ The proposed strategy will capitalise on student engagement data provided by the UK Engagement Survey (UKES) to further enable the University to take a strategic, engagement-based approach to curriculum enhancement.

On receiving the funding, Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Weatherill commented: “Students are at the core of everything we do at LJMU and I am therefore delighted to have received support from HEA to conduct this project which focuses on further understanding the nature of the complex relationships between student engagement, success and satisfaction. It will also ensure that engagement data is fully incorporated in the institutional process of quality assurance and enhancement, and effectively used in course design and curriculum development. This will be of benefit not only to LJMU but to all higher education providers in the UK.”

The 34 HE providers receiving the funding were selected in a review process from a short-list of over 80 institutions which had responded to the HEA’s call to participate.

Stephanie Marshall, Chief Executive of the HEA, explains, “I am delighted by the response to this call which shows the gathering pace in the profile of teaching. It’s encouraging to see innovative institutional-wide strategies underway or in development, whether in curriculum design, innovative teaching approaches, internationalisation, employability or in other domains.

“This initiative is about recognising the leadership that brings about change; it’s about encouraging the development of excellence strategies; and it’s about sharing best practice for the benefit of students across higher education.  In sharing best practice, we aim to support the development of high impact approaches to excellence and create tangible learning and teaching resources and case studies that we can disseminate to the sector.

“As the champion of teaching quality, the HEA is uniquely placed to use its networks to collaborate with HE providers in sharing strategies which I’m confident will improve student outcomes.”

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