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Building Bridges 2018 | Humanities



Northumbria University, Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Location: Business School, City Campus East, NE2 1UY. For directions, please click here.

Northumbria University’s Department of Humanities is committed to working closely with teachers, and this event is the beginning of a wider collaboration between lecturers in English Language, English Literature and History, and colleagues working in schools.

Curriculum changes at KS4 and KS5 pose challenges and opportunities, and universities need to understand them better. New coursework specifications and the growth of the EPQ are particularly important. The Humanities Department at Northumbria is hoping to work with exam boards and teachers in our region to develop online resources that will help support the teaching and supervision of research projects – but we hope our collaborative work will benefit coursework teaching for all boards.

We also want to raise concern about the take-up of English and History at A-level and degree level, and we need to work together to promote the opportunities our disciplines provide.

From this first meeting we will develop a programme of regular annual events and we will explore other ways of working together, possibly including subject-specific CPD.

Please find below the online registration form. Please ensure you have booked by Friday 15th June.


Time Activity 
 09:30 - 10:00 Coffee and Registration 
 10:00 - 11:00

Welcome and Introduction

History, English, and the opportunity of research-led learning

Prof. Julian Wright, Head of Humanities at Northumbria University

Subject leaders for English and EPQ addressing core issues in the new curriculum

 11:00 - 11:45

Working Groups

Groups to consider suggestions of how universities might work more closely with teachers in supporting their work at A level (separate groups for History and English)

 11:45 - 12:30 Groups report back and discussion
 12:30 - 1:15 Lunch (provided) 
 13:15 - 14:15

Managing Student Research Projects

Parallel sessions for History, English Language and Literature and Creative Writing: developing methods and ideas for supporting coursework delivery

 14:15 - 14:45  Refreshments
 14:45 - 15:45

Student Resource 'Takeaway' Sessions

Parallel sessions for History, English Language and Literature and Creative Writing: specialists from the Department of Humanities present and share useful and free sources and resources

 15:45 - 16:00 General discussion and next steps 
 16:00 Close 

For any queries regarding the content of the event, please contact Prof. Julian Wright here. For any queries regarding booking or logistics, please contact Mike Waters on 0191 227 4265. To book, please fill in the form below.

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