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Breaking new ground with the Co-producing the Curriculum project

Group of students and staff Students and staff involved with the project

Co-producing the Curriculum is the brainchild of Ella Asheri, your Undergraduate Education Officer for 2018-19. During her time in office, Ella worked tirelessly with a diverse group of students, module convenors and associate tutors to revise modules from the Schools of Global Studies and English.

The pilot was supported by a group of key academics from the University and used an anti-racist, feminist framework to update teaching style and course content for contemporary times.

Ella said: “It's hard to put into words how rewarding it feels to start a project from scratch that I feel so passionately about. The positive response to the pilot was overwhelming, which has given me hope of an education that actively dismantles inequalities.”

Khadija Hossain, a first-year English student and member of Decolonise Sussex, also led by Ella, said: “I feel so lucky to have been part of this project. The faculty have been so open to our suggestions, and I feel confident that they care about our experiences with our courses as well as being committed to start making the changes that will create an inclusive curriculum. Students need to feel like they have a say in what they learn and how they learn and this project has enabled such a conversation.”

Chris Harding, your new Undergraduate Education Officer for 2019-20, who will be continuing the work started by Ella, said: “The Co-producing the Curriculum project is so important because it allows students and teachers to work together to create courses which work for all. The project helps forge a closer academic community in which students are put at the centre and issues such as the BAME attainment gap and equality and diversity are tackled.”

Undergraduate Education Officer 2018-2019, Ella Asheri, who led the pilot project.

 


The group of students and staff who have been working on the pilot project.

 

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