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Strategy 2014

Education

Strategic Aim 3: to provide all our students, wherever based, an education that is judged internationally to be of the highest quality, and which exploits innovations in teaching, learning and assessment

A university education prepares individuals for career success and enables both personal development and an enhanced contribution to society. The diversity of the QMUL community provides an unusually rich environment for learning. The high levels of satisfaction recorded by QMUL students attest to the quality of our educational provision. New expectations and opportunities, however, indicate the need for continuing innovation both in delivering courses and in co-curricular activities. We will recognise both exceptional contributions by our staff and extraordinary achievement by our students in developing key graduate attributes.

All our educational programmes will be supported by electronic delivery of services. Increasingly refined opportunities for e-learning can only be fully exploited after significant investment, and challenges remain in achieving secure assessment on-line. Nevertheless, we are committed to an enhanced virtual presence for QMUL and will work with appropriate partners, both public and private, for the benefit of current and prospective students and to enable a continued provision to alumni, thereby securing their continued involvement with the QMUL community. Design, development and delivery will be informed by input from our students, whom we value as co-developers of new approaches in teaching and learning.

Whereas the blend of electronic and in-person delivery of educational programmes will vary by discipline and location, all QMUL students will receive an education that includes substantial personal interaction and dialogue with academic staff.

Increased attention is required to the possibilities associated with multi- and cross- disciplinary teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The QMUL Life Sciences initiative will incorporate a major expansion of programmes that draw upon the expertise of all three existing Faculties. We will ensure that academic activities are not falsely constrained by current structures or practices.

Whereas the mechanisms of presentation of educational programmes will continue to evolve over the term of the new strategy, continuing imperatives will be the input of dedicated and inspirational teachers and the presence of committed learners. Enhanced attention will be given to the development of skills for teaching and for exploiting new means of delivery; equally, emphasis will be placed on the acquisition by students of broader skills to enhance their preparedness for successful learning.

Objectives:

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3.1 Encourage all students to achieve their potential by ensuring that teaching, learning and assessment, and student support are optimised, with the provision of appropriate levels of resource.

Indicator of ProgressTarget
Proportion of teaching rooms that meet the standards agreed with our students and staff.95% of rooms to meet agreed internal standards by 18/19.
Ratio of informal study space to student headcount.Year-on-year increases across the Strategy period.
Satisfaction with resources reported in main student surveys.At least RG mean/median (as appropriate) for the main survey questions on resources by 18/19.
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3.2 Facilitate multi-disciplinary education, to ensure responsiveness to the expectations of students and employers and to increase the experience of students outside their principal discipline.

Indicator of ProgressTarget
Proportion of undergraduate students taking at least one module from outside of their home School.Year-on-year increases across the Strategy period.
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3.3 Develop (with external partners where appropriate) a portfolio of on-line provisions designed for both distance and blended learning.

Indicator of ProgressTarget
Number of students completing QMUL distance and blended learning programmes100% increase by 18/19.
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3.4 Expand educational provision to serve the needs of individuals concerned with their continuing personal and professional development.

Indicator of ProgressTarget
Income derived from continuing and professional development programmesIncome of £3m by 18/19