I have had a day of talking about PC3, once again exploring the potential application of the approach we are proposing this time with senior Faculty staff and researchers. This morning it was off to present the project to the leadership team of our Faculty of Arts and Society. There was considerable interest in my brief presentation and a recognition that, perhaps more than most, staff in this Faculty (which includes art and design) are most familiar with a coaching style of teaching. There was strong support for the approach and one course potentially ready to run in parallel with our first user group this summer. A promising start.
This afternoon I joined the university’s professors and readers to discuss the future of postgraduate awards. Here again there was clear recognition that the PC3 model offers a way of supporting one of the types of postgraduate provision that we need to provide. After a general discussion on the challenges and progress being made, we broke into more intensive discussion groups and I joined a group to discuss professional and employer driven masters programmes and the challenges they present. One of the very useful elements of this for the project was finding out more about the new postgraduate schemata that is being developed, a simplified version of the Regional University Network’s “content free” validation structures. I will find out more about this as I know it is something of interest to our cluster – and it is certainly something which will help us enormously in the project.