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The University campus as a learning resource

The Department of Humanities has been awarded a Higher Education Academy (HEA) Teaching Development Grant to create a course module which uses the university campus as a learning resource.

Posted: 6 March 2014

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The innovative module will focus on the University of Roehampton campus, using its buildings, topography, art works, and archives to explore the University’s architectural history, classical allusions and religious links.

The £30,000 ‘Roehampton Campus Project’ will be led Dr Charlotte Behr, Reader in Roman and Early Medieval History and managed by Dr Sonya Nevin, Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Humanities. Designed to encourage students to engage with their learning environment and apply their knowledge, students on the module will be required to devise projects and materials that will enable them to share their newly acquired knowledge with the local community.

It is envisaged that this “campus-as-learning-resource” concept could be applied to suit many different courses and campuses, enabling universities to make a greater use of a valuable, sustainable resource which they already possess. The project leaders will create a template that will serve as a model for campus-specific resources that will be transferable to other universities.

Commenting on the funding award, Dr Nevin said: “It’s so exciting to receive this funding. The University of Roehampton’s campus is steeped in history and offers a wealth of outstanding neoclassical and religious features. We're really looking forward to exploring the rich diversity of the campus with our students and sharing that with our local community. We’re also looking forward to taking the project beyond the walls of the Roehampton campus and seeing it applied in other university settings.”

More details on the project can be found here. Learning resources created for, and by, the students will be made available online through these webpages and the HEA’s website.

The Department of Humanities will offer the module from September 2014.

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