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Launch of Learning and Teaching Strategy

In December the University launched Phase II (2002-2005) of its Learning and Teaching Strategy, having received further funding for this from HEFCE following the successful implementation of the Phase I (1999-2002) Strategy.

Looking back, Pro-Vice-Chancellor John Holloway said that the University of Leicester seems to be ahead of many other universities in the implementation of its strategy, and he paid tribute to the way University staff have responded. He said: “I have been struck by the enthusiasm and support the Learning and Teaching Strategy has received across the University, and in particular from the Faculty Learning and Teaching Committees, EDSC and the Learning and Teaching Unit. My thanks go to all of them and specially to Michael Corin, who has been instrumental in preparing both of the University’s bids to the HEFCE.”

The new Strategy, which builds on experience gained over the past three years, will continue to ensure that the educational experience Leicester offers its students is of the highest quality, helping them to develop both subject-specific and generic skills.

The new Learning and Teaching Strategy extends its scope to include postgraduate programmes and is designed to help students reflect on their learning and development and explicitly addresses distance learning issues such as managing a chosen field of study and developing students’ ability to direct their own learning.

It puts learning needs at the heart of study programmes and takes specific account of the diversity of students now attracted to the University as a result of successful campaigns to widen access to higher education. It ensures that courses provide a supportive environment for students and that staff development programmes encourage the high value the University places on teaching.

As a result, Leicester graduates will show a level of scholarship appropriate to their studies, demonstrate a range of abilities and transferable skills, sow the seeds for a lifetime of learning and develop personally in ways that will enrich their lives and that of society in future.

Full details of the Learning and Teaching Strategy 2002-2005 are on the University’s new web portal for teaching: The portal has been launched to provide wide-ranging information on teaching in higher education. Suggestions and original material from staff would be welcomed, and should be sent to Christine Gratton in the Teaching and Learning Unit in College House (1311,

Novelist to join team 

Novelist Peter Benson with Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Holloway and Librarian Christine Fyfe
As an example of the creative way that learning and teaching is handled at the University of Leicester the launch of the new Strategy included the introduction of novelist Peter Benson, who will join fellow writer Mary Flanagan in helping students acquire written communication skills. Based in the Student Learning Centre, Mary and Peter will provide high level guidance on writing for postgraduate students, helping them develop their style and syntax to appropriate academic and professional standards. 

Peter has published seven novels of which one (The Levels) won The Guardian Fiction Prize. He has taught in North Carolina, Plymouth, with the Arvon foundation and at Ty Newydd, where he ran seminars on writing. 

Peter Benson will remain at Leicester for one year. His son is a former undergraduate at the University. Funding for his post has come from the Royal Literary Fund Writing Scholarship.

Pictured above: Novelist Peter Benson with (left) Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor John Holloway and (centre) University Librarian Christine Fyfe. Peter Benson has given copies of his publications to the University Library.

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