The Futures Initiative

Outcomes 2011-12:

  1. Development centres leading to ESF curriculum models for a range of discipline or programme areas (planning for two centres and ten teams in first instance);
  2. Focused resourcing of educational developments via the development centres and facilitated bids;
  3. Development of ESF Resources Blackboard and exemplar materials to support development centres;
  4. Published output demonstrating innovation/best practice emerging from the development centre discipline/programme teams;
  5. Staff development conference/workshop (Easter 2012) to disseminate outputs;
  6. Contribution to national developments in ESF via our membership of EAUC and other related networks/organisations, in form of conference papers and formal publication (incl. potential for peer review papers for REF submission);

The type of initiative can be exemplified by several ESF projects currently being explored by the ‘Futures‘ team; for example, the development of an international critical reading group in which students and staff at CCCU will analyse a key text related to globalisation issues and engage (using new technologies) with similar groups in other universities across the world to help understand the role of different socio-cultural perspectives.

Parallel to and complementing the development centres will be a range of activities related to the University’s wider commitment to sustainability which will inform the informal and campus curricula. These can act as bridges to other developments in formal teaching and learning (for example, proposed links between biodiversity management and health/occupational therapy through the planting of a medicinal herb garden.