Education priorities for this academic year

Professors Brendan Stone and Mary Vincent, Deputy Vice-Presidents for Education, discuss three of our main focus areas for education for the 2019–20 academic year:

Programme Level Approach (PLA)

Implementing a Programme Level Approach across all departments, and taking a holistic rather than modular approach to programme design and delivery, continues to be a priority.

Over the past year we’ve worked with academic departments to improve the appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of assessment practices, to provide a more coherent and engaging experience for students, and to reduce the burden of assessment on staff. Departments have made significant progress in this area and we look forward to seeing the ongoing implementation, and impact, of these enhancements over the coming year.

Building on this work, this year we're asking departments to consider and make enhancements to their programmes in the areas of Employability, Inclusivity and Sustainability.

More information and guidance on the three priorities, along with links to further guidance and information about PLA, can be found on the PLA website.


Elevate: Enhancing Teaching, Supporting Learning

This year we’re also relaunching Elevate, a suite of online and face-to-face support for academic staff wishing to develop their practice, knowledge and capability in learning and teaching.

Elevate also now has a physical home: the Elevate Hub at 210 Portobello, where events and development sessions will take place throughout the year.

We hope that you will take advantage of the new Elevate offer over the coming months and we would love to hear ideas and suggestions about how we can continue to improve this important service.

Online support will continue to be developed and a growing range of events are being added to the schedule. This includes the 2020 Learning & Teaching Conference, which will take place on 9–10 January 2020 in the Diamond and will be focussed around the PLA priorities outlined above.

Access resources and book onto upcoming events via the Elevate


Updates to the Annual Reflection Process

We have been looking at how we can evolve the Annual Reflection process to maximise the benefits for academic teams, draw more effectively on the evidence available, and ensure better alignment with strategic priorities such as PLA and preparations for Subject Level TEF.

Annual Reflection meetings will take place ahead of the Planning Round, to enable synergy between the two activities. We will continue to develop our approach to this process over the next two to three years to ensure that arrangements are responsive to the changing demands on departments and programme teams.

Have your say at the Our Vision for Sheffield education sessions

This semester, Professor Koen Lamberts is asking for your feedback and ideas on Vision Green Paper as we develop a new vision for the University.

Join one of the sessions below to discuss how we will deliver the very best research-led teaching and equip our students with the necessary confidence, skills, knowledge and opportunities to succeed beyond their time at the University.

Find out about other sessions and read the Vision Green Paper