We want to break the mould of what Higher Education can be. So we are building a whole new University from the ground up that is designed to reflect the way that students actually learn rather than the way they are expected to learn.
In order to remain competitive and relevant in an evolving educational environment, we are providing new interactive learning practices and a transformational student experience. Our modules and programmes have been re-designed in order to deliver a student-centred experience through active blended learning (ABL). This is our standard approach to learning and teaching.
We may be one of the youngest universities in the UK but we are already leading the way in adding value to society, which we call ‘social impact’. Social Impact is embedded in our institution-wide strategy, ‘Transforming Lives + Inspiring Change’. We work hard to ensure that through socially innovative activities and initiatives we have a positive effect on the communities that we serve locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
These appraoches align perfectly with Apprenticeship methodology, enabling teaching through student-centred activities that support the development of subject knowledge and understanding, independent learning, and digital fluency. Our face-to-face teaching is facilitated in a practical and collaborative manner, linked to learning activity outside the classroom. Opportunities are provided for students to develop autonomy, Changemaker attributes and employability skills.
We have also been given the Gold Award in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – the highest rating possible which places us among the elite of the UK’s higher education institutions.