The value of Higher Education to individuals, communities and societies in the UK and internationally is increasing as our universities continually strive to prepare students to face the opportunities and challenges of the future. A key challenge is designing, developing and subsequently embedding high quality programmes to support innovative curricular to embody these demands, particularly in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths).  However, what constitutes innovation in curriculum design approaches is not an easy task to identify or implement. The UK HE sector faces challenges in designing and embedding high quality STEM and STEAM ((A=Arts) programmes to support innovative curricula to embody future workplace and job role demands


This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to practice-based research which draws on the HEA’s Flexible Curriculum Framework to develop a Living Curriculum for STEAM (A=Arts). It merges ideas from Cultural Heritage, Computing Science and Engineering and Higher Educational Practice.


A Living Curriculum repositions “learning asa continuous conversation within a dynamic curriculum that is integrated with, and takes advice from, the world our students live in” (Marshall & Scott, 2012).


We would like to share insights from its design, implementation and evaluation with Engineering students learning about Cultural Heritage and Computing Science in Egypt. Of particular interest are the ways in which when experiencing the different flexible learning approaches, students created a strong sense of ownership of this complex multidisciplinary area. This was despite being very technically oriented in computing science and viewing of areas like Heritage as potentially fluffy or unimportant to their future careers.


We invite participants to explore the key working educational design principles developed out of this research project, The Hilali Network (  and how they can be applied in other STEAM areas for innovative curricula design at KU.


We offer takeaway ideas from our Hilali Toolkit BETA version ( to support participants in the development of their own and their students’ living curricula.


We hope you can make this unique event!


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When: Wednesday 14th March 2018, 2pm to 5pm (with refreshments)


Where: STEM Outreach Centre (Penrhyn Road, PRMB0062)


The workshop will be facilitated by Dr Anne Preston (PI of the Hilali Network and Senior Lecturer in Learning and Teaching, LTEC), Dr Danilo Giglitto (Cultural Heritage Research Associate, LTEC), Dr Sam Elkington (Academic Lead, Assessment & Flexible Pedagogy, Higher Education Academy)  and Dr Shaimaa Lazem (Egyptian computer scientist, researcher, and technology designer and co-lead Hilali Network, City for Scientific Research and Technological Applications –Alexandria, Egypt. (SRTA-City).

This work is made possible as a result of Newton funded collaboration between Kingston University and the City for Scientific Research and Technological Applications –Alexandria, Egypt. (SRTA-City).