EVENT: Exploring the ‘Civic Curriculum’ colloquium

  • Start date: Friday 9 June 2017
  • End date: Friday 9 June 2017
  • Venue:: The Great Hall, University of Leeds
  • Time:: 09:30 to 17:30

DESIGNING A curriculum that forges productive links with regional politics, culture and business is the focus of a new LITE event.

The ‘Exploring the Civic Curriculum Colloquium’ has been organised by the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE) to explore the role of a university and its relationship with its surrounding region and community.

The event, which is free to attend will host external speakers from the universities of Birmingham, Sheffield, Nottingham, Portsmouth and Bedfordshire. It will include lunch and refreshments, and a closing drinks reception. Spaces is limited to 80 attendees.

The Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE) is a community of research and innovation with the aim of establishing the University of Leeds as a sector leader in teaching practice and scholarship. The Institute provides funding, time and support for current and future student education leaders to develop their profile at the University and to carry out research and innovation projects with internal and external impact.

Dr Raphael Hallett, Director at LITE, who is leading on the event, says: “We invite registration for a colloquium exploring curriculum design, with a focus on the idea and practice of the ‘Civic Curriculum’.

“We will be both interrogating and reflecting on the practice and pedagogy of engaged learning, community-facing programme design and curricula that establish links with regional politics, culture and business.

“And we are especially interested in exploring the idea of ‘civic’ belonging, exchange and responsibility as ways of understanding the University’s current and future role in relation to society.”

Amongst the colloquiums themes to be explored on the day are:

  • Designing modules and programmes that engage students with regional communities, cultures and businesses.
  • The pedagogy of ‘engaged learning’ and ‘the connected curriculum’.
  • Nurturing a student’s ability to understand and critique regional questions of power, politics and identity.
  • What ‘civic’ identity, responsibility and belonging could mean for University students and staff.
  • The role and status of the University in relation to its surrounding region.
  • Taking risks with educational and learning spaces: the benefits and challenges of extending boundaries and sites of learning.
  • University strategy and the role of ‘the civic curriculum’ (or similar concepts) in institutional policy, marketing, identity
  • The Leeds ‘City of Culture’ 2023 bid, and how to design the ‘2023 curriculum’.

For all questions on the event please contact Dr Raphael Hallett at r.hallett@leeds.ac.uk.

If you would prefer to contribute to an end of event panel discussion – 4pm-5pm – on ‘the future of the civic curriculum’ please let the organiser know, and explain the theme of your contribution.

Attendance: please register with Rekha Parmar at r.e.parmar@leeds.ac.uk by Friday, May 12th.