Peer Support for Curriculum Design

Programme Design Support for Programme Teams

The Academic Development team provide support for programme and module teams as they design new programmes or refresh existing ones in blended and online mode. We support staff to develop online and blended learning experiences that emulate our successful traditional student experience. This is driven by characteristics that reflect the GCU mission for the Common Good.

The University's aspirations for digital learning are clearly outlined in Strategy 2020 and the Digital Strategy. In order to achieve these, we provide support for programme and module teams as they design new programmes or refresh existing ones in blended and online mode. The support comprises an appropriate combination of face-to-face design sessions and online resources, which can be tailored to meet the needs of the team.

Online Resources

Teaching staff designing for a constructively aligned module, writing learning outcomes and designing learning activities and assessments may find the following 'how to' guide useful: Module Design@GCU

You can also access a range of collated online resources via the link below. These resources and more are also available in the "staff help" tab in GCULearn.

GCU Curriculum Design Resources

Curriculum D _Padlet

Teaching staff and staff supporting student learning seeking to support students as global citizens can gain receive some useful guidance through the 'Internationalising the Curriculum: a guide for staff' 

Programme Design for Programme Approval/Refresh

This is aimed at programme teams developing or enhancing digital assessment strategy, approaches and tools.

Dates: Negotiable

Description: One day structured workshop using Carpe Diem design

Contact: Sheila MacNeill (

Workshops for programme/module teams

In order to schedule and prioritise face-to-face curriculum design support, programme leaders should contact their School Associate Dean Learning Teaching & Quality (ADLTQ).

  SHLS: Nichola McLarnon (

  GSBS: Shirley Rate (

  SEBE: Morag Ferguson (

  GCU London: Ruth Marciniak (

  SWEBE: Marty Wright (


Common Good Curriculum

Common Good Curriculum

As part of the implementation of Strategy 2020 and the Strategy for Learning, the University has developed a model to support, recognise and embed the Common Good within the curriculum and wider student experience as part of its core mission. The Common Good Curriculum is also linked to GCU’s accreditation by Ashoka U as a Changemaker Campus for our commitment to social innovation through teaching and research.

The term ‘curriculum’ in this sense refers to the totality of the GCU student learning experience, both formally within the taught curriculum and informally through co- and extra-curricular activities. It represents a distinctive approach to learning and teaching, which develops graduates capable of tackling real-world issues and translating problem-solving ideas into action. The goal is to ensure that our students develop the attributes needed to make a positive difference to the communities they serve, in addition to acquiring the knowledge, skills and values associated with their particular professional or disciplinary areas.

The learning experience at GCU aims to prepare students to develop and implement new strategies and ideas that address societal challenges and needs, whether on a local, national or global scale. The Common Good Curriculum supports the development of four ‘Common Good attributes’: Active and Global citizenship, an Entrepreneurial mind-set, Responsible leadership and Confidence. These attributes are underpinned by the GCU core values of Integrity, Creativity, Responsibility and Confidence.

Further information and guidance for staff on the Common Good Curriculum can be found in the Common Good Attributes Template.

Further information and guidance for students on the Common Good Curriculum can be found here.