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University of Bath

Curriculum Transformation

Delivering Higher Education for the next generation

The curriculum redesign initiative is a university-wide change project to deliver a curriculum that maintains the University’s reputation for excellence in teaching and learning - producing students ready to navigate their future.

The project is an exciting opportunity for departments to rethink their teaching so that their courses continue to be at the forefront of learning and teaching. In line with our Education Strategy 2016-2021, we aim to redesign all undergraduate and postgraduate courses by 2022:

  • To ensure that our educational offering reflects our strengths, values, and strategy within the changing landscape of Higher Education in the UK and the world beyond.
  • To collaboratively work with colleagues to recognise, share, and build on the many areas of strength and good practice that currently exist across our community.
  • To equip each of our students with the knowledge, skills, and vision to achieve local and global impact throughout their lives.
  • To reduce workload burdens and place wellbeing at the heart of its provision.
  • To help students thrive today, and in the future.

The redesign of each course will involve all teaching staff and students, alongside professional services and other key stakeholders, including employers, accrediting bodies, and alumni; with the aim to clearly communicate the distinctiveness of their educational offering and integrate new and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. All course teams will be partnered with and supported by a team of Curriculum Development Officers within the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT) for the duration of the project.

Our key guiding principles

Curriculum transformation will be achieved by following our key guiding principles.

We aim to:

  • be inspirational, enthusing students for the subjects they choose to study and the university life they seek to lead
  • build on existing success to promote the known benefits of the University community, through the impact of Bath research and placements
  • move away from solely unit-focused delivery and assessment so that we can articulate a course-wide approach to learning
  • embrace assessment for learning to support the achievement of overall course goals and, at the same time, make the most of our institution’s resources
  • develop curricula that recognise the differing needs of students
  • create opportunities for students to actively engage with, and contribute to, research communities
  • embed citizenship and sustainability by recognising the challenges presented by changing physical and social environments
  • build on meaningful partnerships by maximising the potential contributions of our internal and external stakeholders

A phased approach

Curriculum transformation will take a phased approach to enable departments to establish a clear focus within each part of the process.

A number of courses have been chosen to begin the process in advance of the wider institutional roll-out of activity. These ‘Vanguard’ courses started work in November 2017 and will begin to launch their transformed courses from September 2019.

Phase 1: Strategic positioning

In Phase 1, we will engage with key stakeholders in order to gather information to inform a review of course aims and vision, and for publication of the digital and print prospectus. This information will feed into activity in Phase 2.

Key dates for Phase 1

A number of taught postgraduate courses have selected to complete their Phase 1 activity by January 2019.

All undergraduate courses will aim to finish their activity by July 2019.

All taught postgraduate courses will aim to finish their activity by October 2019.

Phase 2: Course Review and Development

In Phase 2 courses will develop clear and detailed strategies for learning and teaching, assessment, and delivery. This will include attention to course learning outcomes, assessment mapping, and structures for content and delivery. Departments will begin to develop strategies to embed the key transformation principles across their provision, and will continue to partner with students in key areas of activity.

Key dates for Phase 2

For taught postgraduate courses completing Phase 1 in January 2019, Phase 2 activity will take place until July 2019.

Phase 2 dates for all other courses will be confirmed in due course.