Suggestions for SESE2: Curriculum

The first of the online discussions for the SESE Consultation is drawing to a close today.

Over the last two weeks, a dozen or so members of Brookes staff have been looking at the section of the SESE which explains our ambitions to provide ‘a challenging, relevant and internationalised curriculum’.

You can see their discussions at

Their suggestions for preparing the revised version of the SESE for 2015-2020 include:

  • The need to be clear, simple and engaging in our ambition and reflect this in our use of language e.g. is just that we want our students to be creative and innovative?
  • If we were writing this aim now, would it include inclusivity i.e. a challenging, relevant, inclusive and internationalised curriculum…’?
  • The need to formulate teaching designs and methods to meet this aim. There were some examples shared by members of the Centre for Curriculum Internationalisation.
  • The need to both listen and learn from from our students, who already know a lot about e.g. internationalisation. They are an ‘untapped resource’ we could engage in our curriculum developments
  • Could we identify elements of the graduate attributes which we would like to focus on next e.g. sustainability was suggested?

Thanks very much to everyone who contributed and to Brian Marshall for leading the discussion.

The next discussion starts tomorrow, Friday 25 October, around section 4.4 of the SESE ‘Evidence-based policy development and evaluation’, and will be led by Ian Scott, Associate Dean Student Experience in Health and Life Sciences.

Staff and students are welcome to join in at




About the author

Rhona Sharpe

Rhona is Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development at Oxford Brookes University. Her interests are around developing and tutoring online courses, developing learners for a digital age, and  pedagogic research. Rhona is one of the co-founders of ELESIG (Evaluation of Learners’ Experiences of e-learning Special Interest Group), a Senior Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow. She is Editor of the Brookes eJournal for Learning and Teaching.

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