This snapshot, taken on
, shows web content acquired for preservation by The National Archives. External links, forms and search may not work in archived websites and contact details are likely to be out of date.
The UK Government Web Archive does not use cookies but some may be left in your browser from archived websites.

Curriculum Design: Celebrating successes and continuing the journey

EventProgramme Meeting
May 22th – 23rd  2012
Lakeside Centre, Aston University, Birmingham

Meeting Objectives

The principal intentions of the programme meeting are to:

  • Celebrate the successes and achievements of the projects
  • Explore how projects can best ensure their activities are sustained and embedded into institutional  curriculum design processes and practices
  • Further explore how projects can continue to share their experiences and their outputs with the wider sector, through programme support activities and benefits realisation opportunities
  • Offer practical advice and guidance on compilation of the final report and project outputs
  • Facilitate discussion, sharing and collaboration around common issues and challenges

By the end of the meeting:

  • Projects will be in a position to outline a clear approach to sustaining their innovations and changes to the curriculum design practices and processes
  • Projects will have explored and discussed how project outputs can support transformation in curriculum design practice in other institutions
  • Projects will be in a position to outline benefits realisation activities for embedding their outputs to support institutional enhancement and realising the benefits of their projects more widely
  • Projects will have a clearer understanding of the good practice, innovation and findings which have emerged from the Curriculum Design programme and how this can enhance their own projects and practice

Pre-Meeting Activities

Each project is asked to prepare a pecha kucha-style presentation around the key achievements of their project.  Each project has 10 minutes for their presentation which should include 10 slides (1 minute per slide). There will be 5 minutes Q&A after each presentation. 
On day one of the meeting, we are inviting people from outside the programme to attend so this is an opportunity to showcase the work of the project to an audience which has different levels of familiarity with the work of the programme.  Presentations should therefore be prepared with an external audience in mind.  The focus should be on impact and benefits (supported by evidence) and how these will be sustained and embedded after the project ends.  We suggest you consider using the headings from your Institutional Story (final report) to help frame this but this is not prescriptive and creative approaches are actively encouraged! There will be a prize for the best presentation.

Agenda and Activity Outline

Day One: 10.30 – 17.00 plus dinner at 19:30

Day Two: 09.00 – 16:00

Day One






Registration and refreshments


Welcome and introduction
See presentation (PPT)

Main room

Sarah Knight


What has changed in relation to curriculum design practices and processes?
See presentation (PPT)

Main room

Helen Beetham and Gill Ferrell


What have we learned?

Main room

Clusters to present what they have learned in relation to:

· Business processes (Cluster A)

· Organisational change (Cluster B)

· Educational principles/curriculum design practices (Cluster C)

Chaired by Critical Friends




Celebrating our successes #1

Main room

Project presentations x 5 (10 mins per project)

Chaired by Sheila MacNeill and Marianne Sheppard



Main room


Celebrating our successes #2

Main room

Project presentations x 6 (10 mins per project)

Chaired by Sheila MacNeill and Marianne Sheppard



17:00 – 18:00

Final report surgeries*

Break out room and main room

Programme Support Team

4 projects in 2 parallel surgeries – 30 mins per project


Drinks reception

Business School



Business School Restaurant

Day Two






Introduction to Day 2 and summing up of Day 1

Main room            

Sarah Knight                      


Capturing and telling the story
See presentation (PPT)

In parallel with final report surgeries* 9.15-11.30

Main room

Breakout rooms

Helen Beetham and Rachel Harris

Programme Support Team 30 min for each project (4 projects)


Tea and coffee break


Continuing the journey - sustaining change and embedding project benefits
See presentation (PPT)

Main Room

Peter Chatterton


Next steps – where are we going next? Design Studio, BR activities, Programme level comms

Main room

Sarah Knight

Marianne Sheppard





 14.00 -16.00

Final report surgeries* (14:00 – 15:30)

Cluster meeting and networking space if required

Main room and 2 breakout rooms

Programme Support Team 30 mins for each project (3 projects)

*Final report surgeries- details of allocated slots to follow