Video transcript: Curriculum Redefined: Student education – University of Leeds

Transcript for the video in the Student Education at Leeds section of the Curriculum Redefined page

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[The visuals change frequently and are a mixture of aerial views of Leeds, students around campus, educational activities and talking head shots of speakers.]

Professor Jeff Grabill, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education: Leeds is distinctive with regard to student education. Our education strategy is student focused, it's grounded in active learning, it's digital and innovative.

Louise Banahene, Director of Educational Engagement: It is designing our curriculum for the future, but for the wide range of students that come to the university.

Professor Alice O'Grady, Dean: Student Education (Quality and Standards): We're working with students right from the very outset to redesign our programmes.

Professor Paul Taylor, Professor of Chemical Education: It's about working in partnership in the classroom, all of us thinking and learning, debating, exploring new knowledge.

Dr Christina Edgar, Director of Student Opportunity: Building that excitement together and working really collaboratively.

Simone Buitendijk, Vice-Chancellor, University of Leeds: It's very important to be creative to think about problem solving from different angles. Students can bring their different ways of thinking, their different cultural backgrounds into these group sessions, so there's much more of a sense of togetherness, of solving issues together. You can also see how that mimics the real workplace. It's about working as a team.

Professor James Pickering, Professor of Anatomical Education: We're very much focused around having evidence-informed approach, so the literature that instructs and guides us on what is best practise, but also what do our students want?

Professor O'Grady: We are imagining an interdisciplinary, co-created curriculum where students have ownership of their learning journey and feel 100% supported through it.

Professor Grabill: To ensure a student experience that will prepare our graduates to make an impact in an increasingly complex world.

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Professor Taylor: Digital technology can really help active learning. It creates new ways to present the knowledge students need so we don't rely so much on simple transmission of knowledge.

Meg Hodgkinson, Education Officer, Leeds University Union: Active learning is all about becoming more engaged with your work, less passive, and it's really rewarding students both before and after they graduate.

Professor Taylor: A great example of active learning is the degree show that's put on by the School of Design. This year, the school, we're faced with the challenge of having to do that digitally. People could join the show from all around the world, designers who were able to join and give students feedback on their creative work. 

Professor Pickering: With the emergence of immersive technology, so augmented reality, virtual reality, we're able to provide students with an opportunity to engage in content that they otherwise wouldn't be able to.

Meg Hodgkinson: In an effort to make the university more inclusive, it's really important for students and the university to work together. So for example, work around inclusive assessment, when that's improved, then assessment improves for everyone.

Matt Dollery, Education Engagement Manager: Students are valued. Their view is valued. They have the opportunity to thrive, to fulfil their potential, and they have the opportunity to do this irrespective of their background.

Meegan Worcester, undergraduate student: They're very focused on helping students apply for internships and placements.

Matt Dollery: Strengthening their sense of belonging at Leeds.

Meegan Worcester: And just having a really well rounded academic and social programme has really benefited me. I really do believe that Leeds is trying to engage students more in the right way.

Professor Grabill: What we need to do on campus is blend the theoretical and the conceptual with the practical and the active so that they're ready when they leave us to make an impact on the world.

Jack Nove, postgraduate student: The huge range of opportunities that the university offers is fantastic. They had about 140 or 150 placement opportunities. One of the ones that stood out to me was with NHS Digital, who provide all the IT infrastructure for NHS England. And the placement is looking at how they can encourage staff engagement with sustainability. We started off by seeing what they needed, but we really kind of worked and distilled that down to what the core requirements would be over the first two or three weeks. Obviously, it's fantastic. I've got hands-on experience doing direct sustainability work. What I've really found with this is that the work that I'm doing each day, I know that it's going to have an impact.

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Louise Banahene: We will be even better placed to meet the needs of a global community with a very diverse group of students and staff.

Simone Buitendijk: The next 10 years, we'll be spending on average 10 million a year on student education. That's a huge amount of money, but our students are totally worth it.

Professor Grabill: What everyone will see at the University of Leeds are more partnerships with regard to online education, and here in Leeds in West Yorkshire, more engagement with the community with regard to the learning opportunities that we provide.

Simone Buitendijk: We'll be working really closely with our students, with our teachers, on changing our education into something even more exciting.

Professor Grabill: Our approach to teaching and learning is distinctive, is industry leading and people come to Leeds to learn with us and to learn from us.

Professor O'Grady: It's making sure that all students feel like they belong, they've got a place here, and that they can succeed.

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