The Calendar Review is a key part of the Curriculum Review discussions that began in 2017-18, focusing on our changing student cohort, increasing size, and how we meet these challenges through pedagogical innovation.
Since 2004 the University has run on terms at undergraduate level, with a formal credit framework of 30 credit year-long modules. At postgraduate taught level we run two semesters. Our UG terms/PGT semester 1 begin at the same time in October but diverge in the new year and end in different weeks.
At the same time, we have evolved a number of programmes that partly or wholly rely on 15-credit modules at UG level.
Our mixed-economy calendar has an impact on Timetabling, workload planning, assessment periods, and other areas. It can create confusion for students who progress at DMU from Level 6 to Level 7, and is not conducive to a truly globalised student experience since it militates against the easy integration of visiting international students as well as DMU students studying abroad.
Additionally, there have been significant changes within the sector and at DMU since 2004 that make it desirable to evaluate whether our current calendar(s) fully support the most effective student educational experience.
The Calendar Review will evaluate the pros and cons of moving to an integrated, semester-based calendar. It will take into account the logistics of shortened exam periods; the timing of assessment boards; the timing of resit periods; issues around student progression, student retention, and student achievement; the impact and requirements of initiatives like DMUWorks and DMUGlobal; etc.
The Calendar Review Group, chaired by the PVC (Academic) Professor Jackie Labbe, seeks views and insights from the DMU community. Faculty-level conversation events are being organised, and comments can be sent to a dedicated inbox: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is planned for a proposal with recommendations to be taken to Academic Board at its meeting on 5 December 2018.
Calendar Review Group members: Jackie Labbe (Chair), Mollie Foottit, Jane Mortimer, Paul McNicoll, Jon Lees, Alasdair Blair, Joyce Frank, Chris Goldsmith, Mark Scase.