Collaborative discipline-based curriculum change: Applying Change Academy processes at department level

Mick Healey*, Michael Bradford, Carolyn Roberts, Yolande Knight

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Bringing about change in teaching and learning in higher education is a core aspect of the work of academic developers. This paper is novel in analysing the experience of a year-long initiative to support curriculum changes in departments in related disciplines in different universities. It applies some of the processes developed by Change Academy - an initiative sponsored by the UK Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation - to the design of a three-day programme. Underpinned by consideration of models of institutional and curriculum change, the research draws on interviews to identify the features of the programme that appear to have been effective at supporting departmental teams to clarify, design and plan significant curriculum-related initiatives. Emphasis is placed on designing and supporting collaborative curriculum change. The paper concludes by discussing the implications for academic developers wanting to support department-based curriculum changes in their countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-44
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal for Academic Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • academic development
  • collaborative curriculum change
  • institutional change
  • leadership


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