University Education Strategy

The Education Strategy (2017-2023) was approved by Senate in February 2017. The Education Strategy is based on the University Strategic Plan Our Vision Our Strategy.  It continues to focus on our aim to provide an education that is research-rich, innovative and inclusive.

University Education Strategy 2017-23 (PDF, 88kB)

Previous versions of the Education Strategy

Education Strategy priorities 2019/20

Recognising that the Education Strategy is wide reaching in its scope, each academic year a set of actions and activities are prioritised as of key strategic importance to the University. 

2019/20 Education Strategy priorities
Priority areaActions from the Education Strategy
Inclusion

We will enhance the international character of the University by increasing the numbers of international students and deepening their integration into the University community. (Action 1.3)

We will provide students from under-represented backgrounds with a package of academic and pastoral support to guide their development and enable them to thrive at Bristol. We will work to retain all of our students and ensure they progress to achieve their full potential. We will support our undergraduate students during their initial transition to University. (Action 1.4)

We will introduce a new Bristol Futures curriculum by 2020 that will create inclusive learning communities and deliver an education that is inclusive in scope and delivery. (Action 1.5)

Curriculum and pedagogy innovation

We will ensure that programmes are research-rich, intellectually challenging and internationally relevant and meet the highest academic standards, thereby ensuring that all students experience a culture of research and the excitement of discovery. (Action 2.1)

We will maintain a robust quality assurance framework that drives innovative course design, working in partnership with students at all stages. This will include engagement with external examiners, annual review of programmes, faculty quality assurance processes and periodic strategic reviews of departments/schools. (Action 2.2)

We will encourage students to become partners in their own learning, and create an environment in which they can take ownership of, and responsibility for, their own learning. All our students will become self-sufficient, independent learners in their discipline. (Action 2.6)

We will work to provide the best available learning environment in terms of teaching and learning spaces, laboratory and clinical spaces, as well as resources such as books and IT systems. (Action 5.1)

We will ensure that programme delivery utilises the most appropriate technology. We will enhance our blended learning environment and e-learning tools, integrating them with online administrative tools to give students efficient and effective support and to help staff optimise their delivery of high quality teaching, assessment and feedback. (Action 5.2)

We will refresh our digital infrastructure to make it more resilient, scalable and flexible investing in new productivity, collaboration and communications tools to allow staff and students to work and study more efficiently and seamlessly. (Action 5.3)

Assessment We will embed assessment for learning, as articulated in our Institutional Principles for Assessment and Feedback in Taught Programmes across the institution such that a common approach to assessment is formed articulating the cyclical relationship between learning, assessment and feedback and improving students’ understanding of their learning experience. (Action 2.3)
Employability

We will provide a Bristol Skills Framework against which students can assess their skills development, evidencing and recording their personal development in order to foster and demonstrate a rounded set of graduate attributes. We will provide academic study skill resources to support students to successfully transition to study at University and progress through their academic programmes. (Action 3.1)

We will provide students with the opportunities for professional and community engagement in a variety of contexts, including, internships, placements or volunteering activities. We will recognise the value of these achievements through the Bristol PLUS Award. (Action 3.4)

We will enhance the employability of our students by offering, in collaboration with the Students’ Union, a wide variety of opportunities (including specifically tailored courses delivered by the Careers Service and others) for students to acquire and develop skills to enhance their competitiveness in the world of work. In particular the Careers Service will work with Schools to develop tailored Employability Partnership Agreements to align with the profile and priorities of each School. (Action 3.5)

Academic support  We will give students’ academic support to facilitate their success at the University, supporting transition to study at University and progress through their academic programmes. We will review the academic support offered within schools via the personal tutor /senior tutor system and develop enhanced [support] provision across all schools. We will improve the coordination and promote the development of our professional support services that support student learning with particular reference to the needs of specific groups (e.g. WP and international students). (Action 4.2)

Previous Education Strategy priorities

In 2017/18 and 2018/19 the following actions and activities were prioritised: 

  • Action 2.3 We will embed assessment for learning, as articulated in our Institutional Principles for Assessment and Feedback in Taught Programmes across the institution such that a common approach to assessment is formed articulating the cyclical relationship between learning, assessment and feedback and improving students’ understanding of their learning experience.
  • Action 3.5 We will enhance the employability of our students by offering, in collaboration with the Students’ Union, a wide variety of opportunities (including specifically tailored courses delivered by the Careers Service and others) for students to acquire and develop skills to enhance their competitiveness in the world of work. In particular the Careers Service will work with Schools to develop tailored Employability Partnership Agreements to align with the profile and priorities of each School.
  • Action 4.1 We will work closely in partnership with our Students’ Union to support student wellbeing and the wider University experience for all of our students. We will develop the quality and consistency of support available across schools, professional services and residences for student wellbeing, and personal and professional development.
  • Action 4.2 We will give students’ academic support to facilitate their success at the University, supporting transition to study at University and progress through their academic programmes. We will review the academic support offered within schools via the personal tutor /senior tutor system and develop enhanced [support] provision across all schools. We will improve the coordination and promote the development of our professional support services that support student learning with particular reference to the needs of specific groups (e.g. WP and international students).
  • Action 5.1 We will work to provide the best available learning environment in terms of teaching and learning spaces, laboratory and clinical spaces, as well as resources such as books and IT systems.