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Excellence in Learning and Teaching at the University of Northampton 2015-2018

Our Mission

To enable transformational learning experiences through inspirational teaching.

Achieved by

Developing capability in learning design, innovation and excellent teaching practice, underpinned by the latest pedagogic research.

Our Vision

  • Our learners are competent, resourceful and ethical problem solvers, capable to imagine and deploy creative approaches to address tomorrow’s challenges.
  • Our graduates are knowledgeable, socially responsible, digitally proficient and highly employable global citizens – the Changemakers of the future.
  • Our colleagues are outstanding at research-informed teaching and supporting learning, ensuring flexibility and pedagogic innovation for maximum benefit to staff and students.
  • Our researchers generate evidence on excellent teaching for optimal student learning and attract funding for research and enterprise activities.
  • We support our Education with Others (EWO) partners to deliver equivalent student experiences to those of our students at Northampton.
  • Employers and other key external stakeholders actively engage with every stage of our academic process: from programme design to implementation, evaluation, work-based learning opportunities and course redesign.
  • Our quality assurance and enhancement systems provide robust, evidence-based benchmarks to ensure positive and rewarding experiences for staff and students.

Learning and teaching objectives 2016-17

  1. To enhance the experience of first year students by tackling withdrawal and progression rates in the context of the Enhancing Student Success plan (comprising the First Year Experience and Continuing Student Success projects).
  2. To promote and support Faculty-led programme re-design towards Active Blended Learning.
  3. To promote and support pedagogic understanding, skills development and research, as levers to promote positive change in learning and teaching with a particular focus on the online aspects of blended learning.
  4. To increase the proportion of staff with HEA Fellowship.
  5. To further develop the framework of graduate attributes (ChANGE project) and support the process of embedding those attributes in the curriculum, primarily through the consistent use of learning outcomes (COGS Learning Outcomes Toolkit).
  6. To continue the review of institutional approaches to assessment design and practice and support the implementation of agreed changes to practice.
  7. To generate revenue via a minimum of three substantial external bids and consultancy.

ILT Learning and Teaching Strategic Plan 2015-2017

The plan aims to map the strands of activity carried out by ILT against the core institutional objectives of the Institute. It is colour-coded to indicate alignment to the University of Northampton institutional strategy: Transforming lives, inspiring change. The contents of each cell show the activities, projects and initiatives being deployed under each strand to meet our objectives. To find out more about how each of the objectives above will be met, please download a copy of the Learning and Teaching Operational Plan 2017.