Teaching, Learning and Student Development

The Division of Teaching, Learning and Student Development works in partnership with academic and administrative teams across the University, and the Students’ Union, to:

• Ensure the high quality of teaching and learning across the University and offer a distinctive provision of interdisciplinary teaching and learning;
• Promote and manage students’ co-curricular activity, with an emphasis on peer support and volunteering;
• Improve our students’ employability and graduate destinations;
• Enhance employer and community engagement locally, nationally and internationally;
• Deliver outstanding online and blended learning courses through University of Manchester Worldwide, and
• Lead the development and implementation of Stellify across the University.

Teaching and Learning
We support and implement institutional-wide teaching and learning development projects, work to ensure the quality and consistency of teaching, learning and assessment and develop strategies and policies relating to the student experience. We also maintain the Quality Framework, and lead on all interactions with the Quality Assurance Agency and external examiners on all taught programmes.

Peer Support
We coordinate all discipline-based, student-led Peer Mentoring and Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) providing training, ongoing support and ensuring quality.

Student Engagement
We support the Student Charter through activities to promote engagement in academic learning. We support students and staff to identify and develop opportunities for collaboration such as ‘Learning through Research’ and Student Representation, in partnership with the Students’ Union.

Teaching Excellence
We manage the new Institute of Teaching and Learning, co-ordinate UoM’s Teaching Excellence Awards which recognise the achievements of academic staff and rewards them with grants to develop their teaching careers; and coordinate nominations for Advance-HE’s National Teaching Fellowship Scheme.

Appeals and Complaints
We manage UoM’s framework for student appeals and complaints to ensure students are treated fairly and consistently; also acting as the University’s contact with the Office of the Independent Adjudicator, the national student complaints ombudsman.

University College for Interdisciplinary Learning (UCIL)
UCIL provides a distinctive, interdisciplinary approach to learning and scholarship. It offers credit-bearing units that contribute to a student’s degree programme. Units bridge disciplines, focusing on complex future challenges. Units are delivered by pan-University teams of world-leading academics. Students from across the University study together, bringing their own subjects’ academic perspectives to an issue. They develop new ways of thinking to equip them for a rapidly changing world, together with key employability skills such as team-working, cultural awareness, problem-solving, critical analysis, adaptability and resilience.

Ethical Grand Challenges (EGC)
EGC is one of the University’s Signature Programmes for Social Responsibility. It aims to develop socially responsible graduates by enabling all undergraduate students to explore three key global challenges facing 21st Century society:

  • Sustainability Challenge in Year 1
  • Social Justice Challenge in Year 2
  • Workplace Ethics Challenge in Year3/Final Year

We actively support student volunteering and work with a range of local charities and not-for-profit organisations to source opportunities which help to build positive relationships with communities and residents in Manchester. We work closely with University colleagues, the Students Union, and external partners such as Manchester City Council. As well as local opportunities, we offer some bespoke international volunteering projects including our flagship, Team Uganda.

Careers and Employer Engagement
We provide students with the key skills and knowledge they need in order to make well-informed decisions about their future career. We deliver services, projects and academic units in partnership with University colleagues and graduate recruiters to improve the employability of our students and facilitate a smooth transition into the world of work.

University of Manchester Worldwide (UMW)
We support academics from the first stage of proposing a course as an online and blended learning option through to course delivery and launch. UMW services include market insight, marketing and recruitment, admissions, course materials development including advice on learning design, the creation of reading materials, interactive learning materials, multimedia resources, and the latest digital approaches to assessment and feedback.