The University of Reading Curriculum Framework outlines a set of Programme Principles which underpin the curriculum and engender the range of attributes expected for University of Reading graduates. These principles are to be used by programme teams in the design, delivery and enhancement of new and existing programmes and modules.
Programmes are purposefully designed to ensure that modules form a coherent integrated and blended whole. The
learning pathway through the programme is articulated and shared with students.
Programmes are informed by, and develop a sense of connectedness to, the University community and beyond.
They are designed to be mindful of the need to prepare students for life beyond university.
Programmes are designed and delivered to ensure all students can access and actively engage in their blended
learning opportunities through student-centred and inclusive approaches to teaching, learning and assessment.
Students work in partnership with staff to shape the programme.
Programmes integrate education for sustainable development appropriate to the discipline. They make effective use
of resources and digital learning opportunities as part of an outstanding blended learning experience for students.
Graduates of the University of Reading develop a range of attributes. The knowledge, competencies and skills which
all programmes inculcate and enable students to demonstrate are outlined below.
Breadth and depth of knowledge of one or more
disciplines and its/their use/applicability in real-world
contexts. Discipline-specific skills and attributes.
Understanding of disciplinary epistemology and
methodology. Awareness of current research in the
discipline/s. Ability to undertake research and enquiry
within their discipline/s. Autonomous learning within the
Ability to learn through research and enquiry. Ability to
design, undertake and present research as appropriate to
their discipline. Ability to consume and appraise research
Ability to articulate what and how they have learned,
awareness of their strengths and areas to develop, and
commitment to lifelong learning and reflection.
Development of self-efficacy, intellectual curiosity,
adaptability, and resilience. Personal responsibility for
self-directed learning and continuing academic and
professional development. Ability to communicate
effectively for a variety of purposes and audiences.
Valuing of multiple perspectives and diversity to enable
students to make well-informed ethical decisions.
Intercultural competence and international engagement.
Integrating social and civic responsibility, exploring global
citizenship, and positively contributing to addressing
sustainability issues within the context of their discipline,
their personal lives, professions, and communities. Ability
to collaborate effectively and adapt to different work or
The 'Engage in Curriculum Review' online guidance and resources are here to support you in curriculum review. The framework will also be used to inform the development of any undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in new areas.
The 'Toolkits & Resources' are here to support you in reviewing all areas of your programme. Toolkits and resources cover all seven key themes of the Curriculum Framework including assessment, feedback, employability, diversity & inclusion, globalisation, research & enquiry and student engagement.
Download The Curriculum Framework document here