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Our Priorities 2018/19

1. Prioritising student engagement

We will continue to work with students to ensure that their voice is heard and that we co-produce the educational experience together.

Work in 2018/19 will include:

  • Enhancing student representation
  • Working with students to develop an inclusive curriculum
  • Enhancement of student communications around the Education Strategy
  • A focus on developing the Director of Student Experience and Progression (DSEP) role

    2. Facilitating internationalisation

    We will work cross-institutionally to facilitate international and intercultural experiences for our students, whilst navigating external challenges such as Brexit.

    Work in 2018/19 will include:

    • Scaling up across the institution the pilot Intercultural Sensitivity Training Programme to become sector-leading in this area
    • Seeking the creation of high-quality, inclusive, scalable, and diverse mobility programmes involving flexible lengths of study, placements and work experience

    3. Promoting student research opportunities

    We will work towards ensuring that all students are able to engage with and recognise the value and distinctiveness from studying at a research-intensive university.

    Work in 2018/19 will include:

    • The development and promotion of digital hubs for Student Research and Interdisciplinarity
    • Investigating ways that more students can benefit from scholarships
    • Exploring potential future visions for the role of the Graduate School

    4. Enhancing our academic systems

    We will continue to enhance our systems and processes to facilitate a consistent and seamless student experience within and across programmes and levels of study throughout the University.

    Work in 2018/19 will include:

    • The Student Personalised Information (SPI) Programme’s further development of the MyWarwick app, Talis Aspire reading lists, Module Selection, Module Evaluation, Course and Module Approval, Universal Admissions system, a student success dashboard, and systems to support the enhancements of the Review of Assessment.

    5. Developing and diversifying our assessment practices

    We will further progress the Review of Assessment to provide robustness, consistency and flexibility to enhance student and staff experience.

    Work in 2018/19 will include:

    • A focus on progression and borderline criteria, and mitigating circumstances; plagiarism; reviewing examination processes; and diversification of types of assessment

    6. Reviewing our credit framework

    We will start to review the University’s credit framework to enhance flexibility for the creation of joint and interdisciplinary courses and programmes, and facilitate study abroad and work placement opportunities.

    Work in 2018/19 will include:

    • Determining the scope of the project and identifying risks and key principles
    • Consulting widely and engaging with departments to understand the implications of changes to curricula

    7. Implementing our TEF Strategy

    We will continue to develop and deliver our TEF Strategy with the aim of attaining Gold at institutional-level and for the impending subject-level exercise.

    Work in 2018-19 will include:

    • The new Teaching Excellence Group (TEG) process to support departmental TEF preparations
    • TEF Subject-Level workshops and a mock exercise
    • Focussed actions against key TEF metrics
    • A focus on analysis, systems, and actions to improve continuation rates

    8. Focusing on employability and skills

    We will continue to review our provision to support skills development and the progression of students into high quality employment of their choice.

    Work in 2018/19 will include:

    • Consultation and launch of a new Employability and Skills Strategy
    • Agreement on a set of benchmarked metrics to measure progress
    • The establishment of an Employability Working Group to work in partnership with academic departments and Student Careers and Skills

    9. Embedding a lifecycle approach to Widening Participation

    We will seek to make Warwick sector-leading in our approach to Widening Participation (WP), supporting students across their HE journey; from initial outreach for aspiration-raising and attainment, to ensuring access for Warwick programmes, success in closing attainment gaps in graduate outcomes, and progression to further study and employment.

    Work in 2018/19 will include:

    • Consultation and launch of our new WP Strategy
    • Developing research and evaluation capability for WP programmes
    • Agreeing ambitious WP targets
    • Enhancing coordination with faculties on WP activities
    • Initiating a life-cycle and cross-institutional Warwick Access and Mobility Programme
    • Opening an IntoUniversity centre in Coventry.

    10. Launching our Degree Apprenticeships Programme

    We will continue to develop an institution-wide approach to support the growth and enhancement of Degree Apprenticeships (DA), working with departments, employers and learners to share good practice and develop innovative, accessible and high quality programmes in industrial and professional curriculum areas.

    Work in 2018/19 will include:

    • Delivery of two new programmes in Civil Engineering in the School of Engineering, and Social Work in CLL
    • The creation of a central Degree Apprenticeships unit
    • WMG’s construction of a Degree Apprenticeship Centre as the first phase of a Warwick Degree Apprenticeship complex
    • Ongoing discussions with a range of departments on new Degree Apprenticeships