Strategy for Learning 2015-20

‌The GCU Strategy for Learning 2015-20 (SfL) is centred on a single goal: to develop graduates who are:


The SfL is inspired by the University’s mission for the Common Good. It was developed in 2013 through consultation with staff, students, college partners and employers and is informed by international and national developments and effective practice in learning, teaching and assessment.  It was refreshed in 2015 to support key elements of the GCU Strategy 2020 goals, in particular that of Transforming Lives: delivering ‘excellence in learning and an outstanding student experience which equips students with the employability and entrepreneurial skills to succeed as global citizens and enables them to make a positive impact within their communities, transforming their lives and the lives of others’. The SfL supports the GCU Values of Integrity, Creativity, Responsibility and Confidence.

GCU is committed to embedding opportunities to engage in social innovation within the curriculum for all students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels as part of the Common Good mission. The SfL will create successful graduates who are global citizens and who will contribute economically and socially to the communities we serve. This will be achieved by enabling students to deal with complex global challenges through developing divergent, creative, responsible and entrepreneurial thinking applied to real-world problems. The SfL will also develop attributes linked to employability, career development and the motivation to continue to learn throughout professional and personal lives.  

The SfL recognizes and embraces the diversity of GCU students, current and potential, and the University’s commitment to the participation, progression and success of all students regardless of background. It highlights the importance of:

  • A transformative approach to learning
  • Flexible learning pathways and partnerships, particularly with colleges
  • Digital learning
  • Learning and teaching excellence
  • Student engagement

To achieve its goal, the SfL focuses on a distinctive approach to learning, teaching and assessment. This is based on engagement- led learning and real world problem solving, coupled with inter and multi-disciplinary curricula with opportunities for personalisation. 

This approach is underpinned by a GCU model comprised of eight design principles and a set of enablers. These design principles will be embedded across all programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level.