Students as Co-Creators integrating research and learning through a Connected Curriculum

10th January 2017

Co-Creation continues to be a hot topic in Higher Education both within the UK and internationally.

The interaction between students and teachers is of course of significant importance to Swansea University particularly as we move forward with the Teaching Excellence Framework Agenda. Professor Dilly Fung ( University College London) will help us to explore how the Co-Creation framework can be developed further at Swansea University

Join SALT for a One Day Event to help develop the Co-Creation Framework at Swansea University.
This session will provide impactful personal development . Co-Creation is critical to the successful interaction between students and teachers, particularly in light of the Teaching Excellence Framework - Professor Jane Thomas, Director of SALT

This exciting One Day Event exploring Scholarship, Recognition and Co-Creation and how this can be developed at Swansea. Professor Dilly Fung will outline developments and initiatives at UCL and explore key issues involved and what this could mean for Swansea.

The aims of the day are to share practical examples where learners have been involved in curriculum development and research; identify the benefits and barriers in implementing such approaches and explore existing practices and a way forward for Swansea.

This event will be of interest to all academic staff and departments. Invited guests representing each College and the student union will also be in attendance. Colleagues are also encouraged to promote this opportunity with their own students. Lunch and refreshments will be provided and therefore booking is essential via Eventbrite for ALL participants.

Places are limited so Early Booking is strongly recommended. Book your place NOW using the Eventbrite button below.

10th January 2017 9am - 4pm Council Chambers, The Abbey, Singleton Park, Swansea University

Swansea Academy of Learning and Teaching
Seminar : Scholarship, Recognition and The Connected Curriculum at UCL Professor Dilly Fung University College London
How are we, explicitly or tacitly, characterising ‘good’ education, both in the disciplines and across the institution? What are the relationships between our research and student education?

By working in partnership with students to build on the synergies between our research, our professional fields and our education, both within and across departments, could we develop an even more distinctive and effective learning and research community? In this session we will draw on both philosophical underpinnings (Gadamer 2004) and scientific perspectives (Wieman and Gilbert 2015) to take a fresh look at the relationship between education, research and scholarship: what is at the heart of the academic mission? Is the purpose of higher education to provide individuals with what they need to succeed in a competitive world, or is it advancing ‘the global common good’ (UNESCO 2015)? By integrating research and student education more readily, can we achieve both?

Considering issues of academic freedom for both academics and students (Macfarlane 2012), we will then look at new possibilities for enhancing programmes of study, using UCL’s Connected Curriculum initiative as a case study. Connected Curriculum (UCL 2015, Fung forthcoming) takes a distinctive approach to research-based education. Exploring its benefits and some examples of its application at UCL and beyond, we will also consider barriers to educational change, including the need to reward and promote staff who commit time and expertise to education and education leadership (Fung and Gordon 2016).

'Engaging students as partners in their education, and as co-producers of knowledge, improving the experiences of both students and staff' ~ Fung (2015)

The UCL Connected Curriculum Framework is an institution wide initiative designed to be applied flexibly by departments and faculties. The framework encourages the holistic engagement of students as partners in their education, and as co-producers of knowledge, through participating in research and enquiry at all levels of their programme of study . It is designed to inspire programme teams to enhance the connections across years of study, between staff and students, and even between disciplines.

We will finish with time for questions and comments: how relevant are these issues and approaches for staff and students at Swansea University.


  • Fung, Dilly (Forthcoming) A Connected Curriculum for Higher Education. London: UCL Press.
  • Fung, Dilly and Claire Gordon (2016) Rewarding Educators and Education Leaders in Research-Intensive Institutions. York UK: HE Academy: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/sites/default/files/rewarding_educators_and_education_leaders.pdf
  • Gadamer, Hans-Georg (2004) Truth and Method. 2nd revised edition. Translated by J. W. Marshall. London: Continuum.
  • Macfarlane, Bruce (2012) Reframing student academic freedom: a capability perspective. Higher Education. (63) 719-732.
  • UNESCO (2015) Rethinking Education: Towards a Global Common Good? Paris:United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
  • Wieman, Carl and Gilbert, Sarah (2015) Taking a Scientific Approach to Science Education, Part I–Research and Part II—Changing Teaching. Microbe, Vol. 10(4), pp. 152-156 (2015) & Vol. 10(5), pp. 203-207 (2015)
Panel Discussion and Workshop: What does Scholarship, Recognition and Co-Creation mean for Swansea University ?
What does Scholarship, Recognition and Co-Creation mean for Swansea University ?

A Panel Discussion and workshop will explore in more detail what Scholarship, Recognition and Co-Creation means at Swansea University and how we can embed this in practice. Participants will identify the key priorities and issues that should be explored together, barriers, and benefits involved and an outline of the suggested way forward for the Swansea Approach.

Programme and Eventbrite Booking Info


  • 9.00am Registration and Refreshments
  • 9.30 am Introduction and Overview
  • 9.40 am Students as co-producers: integrating research and learning through a Connected Curriculum UCL
  • 10.30 am Refreshments
  • 11.00 am Panel Discussion : Identifying the Key Issues
  • 12.00 pm Lunch
  • 1.00 pm Workshop : What does this mean for Swansea ?
  • 3.00 pm Refreshments
  • 3.30 pm Closing Summary and Way Forward
  • 4.00pm Close

Booking Via Eventbrite

The Closing Date for Bookings is the 5th January 2017.

This event is open to all Swansea University Staff but places are strictly limited on a first come first served basis. Participants must book online via Eventbrite using the Button below.

Speaker Biography and Further Information
Professor Dilly Fung, University College London

Dilly Fung is Professor of Higher Education Development and Academic Director of the Centre for Advancing Learning and Teaching at UCL (University College London). She is leading a series of ambitious initiatives designed to advance research-based education at UCL, including the innovative ‘Connected Curriculum’ project, which aims to bring research and education much closer together for students and for staff at all levels of study, and to promote outward-looking, audience-focused assessments. Email: D.Fung@ucl.ac.uk Twitter: @DevonDilly

Further Information

Please contact Deborah Baff Senior Academic Developer Swansea Academy of Learning and Tearching (SALT) (deborah.baff@swansea.ac.uk) for any queries. Thank you

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