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Developing and Supporting the Curriculum ran from 2011 to 2014, building on the work of the previous Theme to identify how students achieved the appropriate graduate attributes.


The Theme was framed around three broad questions:

  • How is the curriculum, in its broadest sense, shaped and delivered?
  • Who are our students and for whom is the curriculum designed?
  • What support is required for staff?

The questions that shaped this Theme in 2011 continue to be important questions for universities and colleges today. In a period of significant financial uncertainty, it is increasingly important for students to be able to demonstrate general and subject-specific skills required to succeed within a professional environment. Colleges and universities have continued to develop innovative approaches to curriculum design and delivery since 2014, leading to new and exciting learning opportunities for students.


The ‘Flexible Curriculum Toolkit’ supports staff and students in the design and review of programmes and modules which are pedagogically innovative and responsive to emerging areas of student and employer interest. While much has changed since the end of Developing and Supporting the Curriculum, the design and development of innovative, flexible curriculum that prepares students for an ever-changing world continues to be at the forefront of the minds of many university and college staff and students.  

The flexible curriculum

Within the project we developed a toolkit that programme teams can use to develop a flexible curriculum. The toolkit consists of a set of cards that you can use in workshops to consider approaches, plan and introduce changes. The toolkit used the University of Ulster's Viewpoints method as a basis. 

Flexible curriculum toolkit handbook

Publication date: 24 Feb 2014

Flexible curriculum toolkit: Viewpoints cards

Publication date: 24 Feb 2014