Active learning and innovative teaching
Supporting your learning
To help you reach your full potential, we offer a variety of skills programmes, workshops, online and physical resources, all designed to develop your skills so that you can thrive. The support on offer includes areas such as:
- essay writing
- managing dissertations
- presentation skills
- time management and prioritising
- critical reading and writing
- revision strategies and exam techniques
We are proud to work in partnership with our students to continuously improve the education and student experience. Students volunteer to run change projects and receive training from University staff to help them succeed.
Additionally, all degree programmes have student representation through Student-Staff Liaison Committees, where your feedback on teaching and learning can be embedded into continually improving teaching.
Through Research-Inspired Learning we aim to enhance the student experience by providing the opportunity for every student to learn with world-leading researchers and to extend the opportunities for students to learn in innovative ways through their own research and inquiry.
By identifying and sharing best practice we try to create a culture that bring teaching and research together as much as possible, aiming to embed research-led enquiry and discovery in all our programmes. We want to provide an environment where students have every opportunity to engage with research conversations, methods and ideas and through this engagement to develop their own research skills.
Research-Inspired Learning is a key theme within the University’s Education Strategy and the steering group includes members from across our Academic, Student, and Professional Services community.
Ways of learning
The way you learn at university is different to what you will have experienced before. Depending on your course, you may be involved in some or all of these types of teaching.
A presentation or talk on a particular topic, delivered by one or more members of staff. Lectures can be interactive, and you should expect them to form a basis for further reading, questioning and thought.
A classroom session focused on a particular topic or project. A typical seminar involves guided, tutor-led discussion in a smaller group than a lecture. Seminars can also be student-led.
A session involving the acquisition, through practical application, of a particular skill or technique. Examples include a laboratory class, artefact handling, language conversation or sports match.
A meeting with a supervisor to plan, discuss and monitor progress on a piece of work such as a dissertation or extended project.
A session in which a practical technique or skill is demonstrated. Examples include laboratory skills, clinical skills, performance art or fieldwork techniques.
Learning that takes place in the workplace, such as a managed placement in an organisation or business.
A visit to a location away from the usual learning spaces, to experience a particular environment, event or exhibition relevant to the course of study.
Time in which students work independently but under supervision, in a specialist facility such as a studio, rehearsal space or workshop. It could be timetabled or take place on an ad hoc basis.
A one-to-one or small group meeting that involves supervision, feedback or detailed discussion on a topic, project or piece of assessed work. Tutorials place stronger emphasis than seminars on the role of the tutor in giving direction or feedback.
Your programme of study makes up your degree; sometimes it is referred to as a course. Each programme consists of modules, and each module is worth a number of credits. You will study modules worth 120 credits each year.
Depending on your programme, you may take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just broaden your intellectual horizons.
We assess your work and progress in a number of ways. These will vary depending on your choice of modules, but are likely to include examinations and coursework-based assessment. You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but only assessments in the second and subsequent years contribute to your final degree classification.
A virtual lecture or online seminar.
Practical work conducted at an external site. Examples include survey work, data collection, excavations and explorations.
Working in partnership
Through the Students as Change Agents project the University works in partnership with the student body to continuously improve the learning and teaching experience, and most degree programmes have a Staff-Student Liaison Committee (SSLC) where students’ recommendations for change are embedded into strategic planning and action.