Reimagining undergraduate education for an unscripted world
DCU Futures is the most ambitious innovation in teaching and learning in the history of Dublin City University (DCU). Operating as a blueprint for the University and funded by the Human Capital Initiative, this €19.9 million project is an unprecedented commitment to radically re-imagine undergraduate education for the 21st century to meet the challenge of empowering students to be future-capable and thrive in an increasingly unscripted world defined by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.
The objectives of DCU Futures are to:
- Prepare students to thrive in an unscripted world defined by unprecedented technological and social change
- Adopt innovative pedagogic methods that can best equip our students for an uncertain world
- Confirm DCU’s status as a leading and competitive educational institution, embracing our value system by seeking to transforms lives and society.
The initiative aims to create capacity for over 1,000 additional students. It is funded under Pillar 3 of the Human Capital Initiative (HCI) until December 2024.
DCU Futures is structured around three pillars – what students learn, how students learn, and embedding the transversal skills for our students to thrive.
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The next evolution in what our students will learn
Transforming how our students learn
The death has been announced of Associate Professor Greg Foley from Dublin City University’s School of Biotechnology. As Programme Chair of one of the ten DCU Futures programmes, the BSc in Bioprocessing, Greg made a huge contribution to the work of DCU Futures. He will be sadly missed by all of his colleagues in the DCU Futures team. The Faculty of Science and Health issued an obituary which can be read here
The DCU Futures Evaluation examines the educational and institutional outcomes of Futures, complementing evaluations of milestones and deliverables by Futures’ funders. Unlike the external evaluation, the Futures Evaluation is a DCU-owned and DCU-led initiative. Based in the Centre for Evaluation, Quality & Inspection (EQI), and the Institute of Education, the evaluation uses a participatory model of evaluation. Key stakeholders within DCU, including staff and students involved in Futures programmes, will help to define target outcomes. The evaluation will examine the overall Futures model for sustainability and scalability, with a series of recommendations provided to the institution.