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Vision and strategy

Our vision is to be a world-class environment for science and engineering teaching and learning. We want to achieve TEF Gold in all our subject areas and Teaching College was created to enable us to do this.

We’ve made it our mission to develop and drive excellence in the learning environment and student experience, influenced by student collaboration, scholarship and industry-relevant professional practice.

We have defined our aims and key performance indicators for 2019/20 for each of our four pillars as listed below.

Recruitment and intake

Aim

To attract a diverse range of quality entrants onto our programmes in an inclusive and supportive manner while meeting 5 year targets.

Key Performance Indicators

  • Top 15% for average tariff entry in each subject area
  • Top quartile in Russell Group for widening access
  • International – proportionate share of each significant market (diversification/including online and blended learning)

Enabling Objectives

  • Identify and implement recruitment and progression plans for each subject area
  • Identify and implement outreach and investment plans at School level (social responsibility)
  • Identify and implement international marketing and investment plans at School level 

Teaching and learning

Aim

To deliver high-quality academic degree programmes with clearly defined, industry relevant graduate attributes and contemporary curricula

Key Performance Indicators

  • Undergraduate – top quartile for teaching quality and assessment and feedback in the National Student Survey (NSS).
  • Postgraduate taught – top quartile for teaching quality and assessment and feedback (PTES).

Enabling Objectives

  • Delivering explicit outcomes-based educational alignment in all taught programmes across FSE (e.g. ILO’s)
  • Develop and implement stakeholder involved curriculum design approach
  • Refine and improve continual monitoring and action approach (e.g. SEAPs)

Teaching academy

Aim

To raise Faculty-wide standards of practice through pedagogical excellence, including visible recognition and reward.

Key Performance Indicators

  • Recruit two National Teaching Fellows (STEM)
  • All teaching staff to have Fellowship of HEA
  • 50% of promotion cases scoring ‘A’ for teaching and learning

Enabling Objectives

  • Identify staff with existing pedagogical excellence and agree development plans
  • NAP to capture all new staff that teach and academics CPD programme developed
  • Develop mentoring programmes to support FHEA and NTF applicants and promotion cases

Student experience

Aim

To deliver a strategic approach to academic aspects of the student experience and to engage with students as partners in learning and career development.

Key Performance Indicators

  • Top quartile for student voice results (NSS)
  • Minimum 50% response rates in all teaching related surveys
  • Top quartile for highly skilled employability and further study (DHLE/Graduate Outcomes)
  • Undergraduate – top quartile for academic support (NSS)

Enabling Objectives

  • Expand scope and reach of student engagement with teaching and learning activities
  • Establish and manage survey collection plans to increase response rates and use feedback to improve performance
  • Increase number of placement opportunities and support for student uptake
  • Establish and implement Academic Advisor Framework