HEA funding to explore the learning gain in active citizenship

Tuesday, 04 August 2015

Oxford Brookes University students

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) has funded Oxford Brookes to develop a learning and teaching related institutional strategy.

Oxford Brookes is one of 34 universities or higher education providers to have been selected in a review process from a shortlist of over 80 institutions.

Our aim is to improve the quality of undergraduate student engagement with the graduate attribute we call active citizenship

Dr Mary Deane

The University will now work on a strategic initiative for a project entitled Learning gain in active citizenship.

The learning from the strategy will be shared with the sector at an event in the spring of next year.

The strategies are in a number of set domains including approaches to the metrics to measure teacher excellence, curriculum design and internationalisation and the global citizen.

Dr Mary Deane, an Educational Development Consultant for Oxford Brookes and Project Manager for the University’s strategic initiative, said: “We are pleased to have received this funding from the HEA. Our aim is to improve the quality of undergraduate student engagement with the graduate attribute we call active citizenship.

“This project builds upon an institutional employability initiative that introduced five graduate attributes into all programmes as part of the University’s Strategy for Enhancing the Student Experience. The project will help Oxford Brookes to explore how active citizenship is interpreted and enacted by both staff and students.”

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.”

The HEA is the national body for learning and teaching in higher education. It works with universities and other higher education providers to bring about change in learning and teaching.

Further information is available on the HEA website.