The new Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education was established earlier in 2020 through the merger of the existing faculties of Arts, Humanities and Education.
About the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education
Bringing the two faculties together has strengthened our existing partnership and stakeholder engagement work and enabled the development of exciting new activities which better link with regional priorities and agendas in education, the arts, the wider business sector, and third sector organisations. The Faculty has ambitious, innovative plans to advance its role in supporting the educational growth, economic life and cultural wellbeing of the region.
Our approach to Learning and Teaching
The Faculty brings together a wide range of disciplines and ways of learning, and this intellectual diversity is one of our great strengths. We provide high quality, research-led teaching in each of our disciplines, while always actively seeking out connections between disparate subject areas.
Our Learning, Teaching, and Assessment Strategy is guided by a deep commitment to equality, inclusivity, and social justice. We make every effort to keep our curricula relevant and to amplify marginalised voices. We know that the best way to improve outcomes for all of our students is to offer academic and pastoral support whenever we can.
The city of Canterbury is one of our biggest resources as a University, and the Faculty is keen to contribute to the local community and to draw on the resources it has to offer, whether through close ties to the city’s historic sites or highly esteemed placements in local schools.
The Faculty contributes a great deal to the University’s vibrant culture of pedagogy and learning. A high proportion of our academic staff hold Fellowship and Senior Fellowship status with Advance HE and we are committed to ongoing, career-long staff development.
A significant proportion of research in the Faculty was judged as 'World Leading' in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment. Faculty colleagues are engaged in research that has strong links with our local community, including collaborations with galleries, art centres, schools, charities, and businesses. Our place-based research strategy drives how we collaborate and innovate and defines our commitment to enrich local communities and transform lives. Recent research initiatives have included joint projects on the Magna Carta, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the South East Archive of Seaside Photography funded by the National Lottery.
With a strong sense of social justice and social responsibility our students are encouraged to engage directly in research, a significant example of which is ‘Epistemic Insight’, a £1.5 million project funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation, working to establish how the education system in England can open classrooms to ‘Big Questions’ and equip children and students with skills to enable them to be critical thinkers about knowledge.
Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange
The Faculty is committed to wide-ranging enterprise and knowledge exchange activity, with the goal of supporting our community partners, providing access to skills and expertise, and delivering upon our objectives as a Civic University. For example, between 2017-2020 the Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Finding Eanswythe’ project brought together archaeologists and scholars from the Faculty along with local history groups to engage in a wide range of public engagement activities. The Faculty has a strong regional profile for project and programme evaluation and for consultancy, particularly in arts education policy and practice. Critically, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Faculty is also working hard to support the regeneration of arts and culture initiatives within the South East region.