1. The Faculty Strategy

In light of the University Strategic plan, the Faculty Strategic Plan 2017-2020 establishes the context within which Teaching and Learning operates and sets out a clear Vision, Mission, Core Values and Operating Principles. The Teaching and Learning Strategy and Plan sets out the strategic objectives for the Faculty as well as key targets to be achieved 2018-2019.

1.1. Faculty Mission

The mission of the Faculty of Pharmacy is to educate, train, and provide life-long learning opportunities for students, pharmacists and scientists, while creating, disseminating and applying new knowledge based on research in pharmaceutical and clinical sciences to enhance the quality of life through improved healthcare.

1.2. Faculty Vision

To become one of the leading faculties of Pharmacy in the Middle East and

North Africa offering a British ethos and standard of Higher Education.

1.3. Faculty Core Values

The Faculty is committed to the following values in all teaching and learning activities:

       Academic Honesty and integrity.

       Maintenance of high academic standards.

       Development of Employability as a core driver for Teaching and Learning.

       Continuous quality enhancement.

       Mutual respect in a multi-cultural environment.

       The full engagement and involvement of staff and students.

       Transparent leadership and management.


1.4. Faculty Strategic Objectives

1- To provide students with a systematic understanding of the knowledge-base of Pharmacy; the ability to analyse complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgment in the absence of complete data and communicate their conclusions clearly; the ability to be self-directed and innovative in tackling and solving problems; the independent learning ability necessary for continuing professional development.

2- To offer a broad curriculum which provides state-of-the-art knowledge and practical skills in Pharmaceutical care.

3- To ensure the development of students who can contribute to the care of patients and to the profession by practicing with competence and confidence in collaboration with other health care providers.

4- To provide a learning environment that enables students of high innate ability to reach their full potential, personally and academically, so that on graduation they are free to choose from many different careers, and have the understanding, knowledge and personal maturity to make a rapid contribution to their chosen employment or research area.

5- To provide a programme which meets the educational requirements of all the appropriate professional institutions, both national and in the UK, for Membership/Chartered Pharmacy status, respectively.


2. The Faculty Teaching and Learning Plan

The University’s strategic objective for Teaching and Learning is:

To provide a high-quality British-style research-led learning experience which attracts students of outstanding potential and equips them with the capacity to undertake higher education and research, and the transferable skills and knowledge required by employers or to become the creators of new ventures.

2.1. Teaching and Learning Objectives

To achieve the University’s strategic objective, the Faculty’s Teaching and

Learning Plan focuses on the delivery of six themes.

Theme 1 - Achievement and enhancement of academic standards

We will continue to sustain and increase student academic achievement standards.

Theme 2 - Learner centred approaches

We will continue to develop a learner-centred approach that is responsive to the needs of students as individuals and which promotes student engagement.

Theme 3 – Electronic and blended approaches

We will enhance the teaching and learning experience through the development of electronic and blended learning approaches.

Theme 4 – Research informed approaches

We will enable students to benefit from a research-informed curriculum and from working within a teaching and learning community that embodies the spirit of enquiry and scholarship.

Theme 5 – Employability opportunities

We will advance our students employability through a curriculum and Learning

Pathways taking account of Graduate Attributes required by employers.

Theme 6 – Effective partnerships with UK validating partners and other partners


We will seek to strengthen our connections with our UK validating partners via the development of effective partnership approaches.

2.2 Teaching and Learning Targets

The Teaching and Learning plan has a set of targets that are presented as follows:

Theme 1 - Achievement and enhancement of academic standards

1. Achieve a year-on-year improvement in student achievement, progression and retention rates.

2. Continue to align academic programme with QAA and NAQAAE norms and benchmark standards.

Theme 2 - Learner centred approaches

1. Provide Staff Development to extend awareness of learner centred teaching and student engagement.

2. Develop pedagogy for the continuous enhancement of learner centred teaching.

3. Ensure learner support is in place with peer tutors and student welfare.

4. Develop incubator in the Library for student support in learning, employability and disabilities.

Theme 3 – Electronic and blended approaches

1. Continue to ensure and enhance eLearning throughout the academic programme.

2. Advance blended learning incrementally through the medium of eLearning and to advance independent learning.

Theme 4 – Research informed approaches

1. Seek to maintain Student:Staff Ratios at 20:1 with a proportion of research active staff in each department with UK and/or other international teaching experience.

2. Increase our postgraduate student population by the end of the planning period.


Theme 5 – Employability opportunities

1. Identify Graduate Attributes required by employers.

2. Advance Graduate Attributes through curriculum and Learning Pathways.

3. Establish Employer Liaison Groups, or equivalent, in all Faculties.

4. Support employability skills training through an enhanced careers advisory service.

5. Ensure internship opportunities are available to students where they are not a compulsory part of their programmes.

Theme 6 – Effective partnerships with UK validating partners and other partners

1. Seek and sustain UK collaboration of undergraduate programmes, and professional and statutory body accreditation, as appropriate.

2. Seek Egyptian Supreme Council of Universities (SCU) accreditation and UK

validation, where appropriate, for postgraduate programmes.

3. Achieve Egyptian National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation in

Education (NAQAAE).

2.3. Monitoring and Reporting Mechanisms

The Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee (FTLC) is tasked with discussion and approval of the Faculty Teaching and Learning Plan. The progress of the Plan will be via the FTLC reporting to the University Teaching and Learning Committee (UTLC).

2.4. Benchmarks for Evaluation

1. Student Feedback is obtained through:

a. Staff Student Liaison Committees (SSLCs)

b. Module Evaluation

c. Programme Evaluation

2. Achievement, Progression and Retention Reports.

3. Reports from External Examiners.

Teaching and Learning Strategy 2015/2016 Faculty of Pharmacy

Version 1.0 September 2016

Please add/delete rows for each section as appropriate.

#

Action

By whom

By when

Success criteria

Progress

 

Theme 1 Achievement and enhancement of academic standards

 

1.1

Achieve a year-on-year improvement in student achievement, progression and retention rates

 

1.1a

-Put a marketing strategy to attract students with high entry score % as Faculty continues to target such applicants.

Mrs Wesam with Mrs

Hanan

Sedawy

June 2017

- Improved English,

Math & Chemistry levels will be identified in the new intake.

 

1.1b

-Attendance in lectures to be monitored through students participation in discussions and pop quizzes.

MLs

Sept 2016

-Decreased failure rate

& to identify the “at risk

students

 

1.2

Continue to align academic programme with QAA and NAQAAE norms and benchmark standards

 

1.2a

-Ensure mapping of pharmacy programme to NARs as documented in the updated version of programme specifications.

DN

Since Sept

2012

-Accredited Programme.

 

 

Theme 2 - Learner centred approaches

 

2.1

Provide Staff Development to extend awareness of learner centred teaching and student engagement

 

2.1a

-Arrangement for staff development session concerning with learner centered teaching and pilot study.

SDC

November

2016

Increase awareness of the academic staff towards student centered learning.

 

2.2

Develop pedagogy for the continuous enhancement of learner centred teaching

 

2.2a

 

 

 

 

 


#

Action

By whom

By when

Success criteria

Progress

2.3

Ensure learner support is in place with personal tutors and student welfare

 

 

 

 

2.3a

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theme 3 - Electronic and blended approaches

 

3.1

Continue to ensure and enhance eLearning throughout the academic programme

3.1a

-Ensure that the eLearning Musts have been completed for all modules.

eLC

October

2016

-eLearning is an important learning facility for all students and each course data should be uploaded by the module leader from the beginning of semester.

 

3.2

Advance blended learning incrementally through the medium of eLearning and to advance independent learning

 

 

 

 

3.2a

-To advance the blended and independent learning through the pilot study.

MLs

Sept- December

2016

-Increased interaction between students and module leaders will reflect positively on Teaching & Learning process.

 

 

Theme 4 - Research informed approaches

 

4.1

Seek to maintain Student:Staff Ratios at 20:1 with a proportion of research active staff in each department with

UK and/or other international teaching experience

 

 

 

 

4.1a

-New full time academic staff will join the Faculty next semester.

DN

February

2017

SSR will be reduced as the current ratio is 35:1

 

4.2

Increase our (University) postgraduate student population to at least 200 by the end of the planning period

 

 

 

 

4.2a

-Pharmacy has no postgraduate programme as this is the 5th year.

 

 

 

 


#

Action

By whom

By when

Success criteria

Progress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theme 5 - Employability opportunities

 

5.1

Identify Graduate Attributes required by employers

5.1a

-This is the 5th year of Pharmacy, the first graduated population will be graduated by June 2017.

 

 

 

 

5.1b

-Establish identification and communication tools for our students with the employers.

DN

 

-Job opportunities will be offered by the employers to the BUE graduates.

 

5.2

Advance Graduate Attributes through curriculum and Learning Pathways

5.2a

 

 

 

 

 

5.3

Establish Employer Liaison Groups, or equivalent, in all Faculties

5.3a

 

 

 

 

 

5.4

Ensure internship opportunities are available to students where they are not a compulsory part of their programmes

 

 

 

 

5.4a

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theme 6 Effective partnerships with UK validating partners and other partners

 

6.1

Seek and sustain UK validation of undergraduate programmes, and professional and statutory body accreditation, as appropriate

6.1a

-Communications for UK collaboration are still in progress.

DN

 

 

 

6.2

Seek Egyptian Supreme Council of Universities (SCU) accreditation and UK validation, where appropriate, for postgraduate programmes


#

Action

By whom

By when

Success criteria

Progress

6.2a

-Pharmacy has no postgraduate programme as this is the 5th year.

 

 

 

 

6.3

Achieve Egyptian National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Education (NAQAAE)

 

 

 

 

6.3a

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. The Faculty Strategy In light of the University Strategic plan, the Faculty Strategic Plan 2017-2020 establishes the context within which Teaching and Learning operates and sets out a clear Vision, Mission, Core Values and Operating Principles. The Teaching and Learning Strategy and Plan sets out the strategic objectives for the Faculty as well as key targets to be achieved 2018-2019. 1.1. Faculty Mission The mission of the Faculty of Pharmacy is to educate, train, and provide life-long learning opportunities for students, pharmacists and scientists, while creating, disseminating and applying new knowledge based on research in pharmaceutical and clinical sciences to enhance the quality of life through improved healthcare. 1.2. Faculty Vision To become one of the leading faculties of Pharmacy in the Middle East and North Africa offering a British ethos and standard of Higher Education. 1.3. Faculty Core Values The Faculty is committed to the following values in all teaching and learning activities:  Academic Honesty and integrity.  Maintenance of high academic standards.  Development of Employability as a core driver for Teaching and Learning.  Continuous quality enhancement.  Mutual respect in a multi-cultural environment.  The full engagement and involvement of staff and students.  Transparent leadership and management. 4 1.4. Faculty Strategic Objectives 1- To provide students with a systematic understanding of the knowledge-base of Pharmacy; the ability to analyse complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgment in the absence of complete data and communicate their conclusions clearly; the ability to be self-directed and innovative in tackling and solving problems; the independent learning ability necessary for continuing professional development. 2- To offer a broad curriculum which provides state-of-the-art knowledge and practical skills in Pharmaceutical care. 3- To ensure the development of students who can contribute to the care of patients and to the profession by practicing with competence and confidence in collaboration with other health care providers. 4- To provide a learning environment that enables students of high innate ability to reach their full potential, personally and academically, so that on graduation they are free to choose from many different careers, and have the understanding, knowledge and personal maturity to make a rapid contribution to their chosen employment or research area. 5- To provide a programme which meets the educational requirements of all the appropriate professional institutions, both national and in the UK, for Membership/Chartered Pharmacy status, respectively. 5 2. The Faculty Teaching and Learning Plan The University’s strategic objective for Teaching and Learning is: To provide a high-quality British-style research-led learning experience which attracts students of outstanding potential and equips them with the capacity to undertake higher education and research, and the transferable skills and knowledge required by employers or to become the creators of new ventures. 2.1. Teaching and Learning Objectives To achieve the University’s strategic objective, the Faculty’s Teaching and Learning Plan focuses on the delivery of six themes. Theme 1 - Achievement and enhancement of academic standards We will continue to sustain and increase student academic achievement standards. Theme 2 - Learner centred approaches We will continue to develop a learner-centred approach that is responsive to the needs of students as individuals and which promotes student engagement. Theme 3 – Electronic and blended approaches We will enhance the teaching and learning experience through the development of electronic and blended learning approaches. Theme 4 – Research informed approaches We will enable students to benefit from a research-informed curriculum and from working within a teaching and learning community that embodies the spirit of enquiry and scholarship. Theme 5 – Employability opportunities We will advance our students’ employability through a curriculum and Learning Pathways taking account of Graduate Attributes required by employers. Theme 6 – Effective partnerships with UK validating partners and other partners 6 We will seek to strengthen our connections with our UK validating partners via the development of effective partnership approaches. 2.2 Teaching and Learning Targets The Teaching and Learning plan has a set of targets that are presented as follows: Theme 1 - Achievement and enhancement of academic standards 1. Achieve a year-on-year improvement in student achievement, progression and retention rates. 2. Continue to align academic programme with QAA and NAQAAE norms and benchmark standards. Theme 2 - Learner centred approaches 1. Provide Staff Development to extend awareness of learner centred teaching and student engagement. 2. Develop pedagogy for the continuous enhancement of learner centred teaching. 3. Ensure learner support is in place with peer tutors and student welfare. 4. Develop incubator in the Library for student support in learning, employability and disabilities. Theme 3 – Electronic and blended approaches 1. Continue to ensure and enhance eLearning throughout the academic programme. 2. Advance blended learning incrementally through the medium of eLearning and to advance independent learning. Theme 4 – Research informed approaches 1. Seek to maintain Student:Staff Ratios at 20:1 with a proportion of research active staff in each department with UK and/or other international teaching experience. 2. Increase our postgraduate student population by the end of the planning period. 7 Theme 5 – Employability opportunities 1. Identify Graduate Attributes required by employers. 2. Advance Graduate Attributes through curriculum and Learning Pathways. 3. Establish Employer Liaison Groups, or equivalent, in all Faculties. 4. Support employability skills training through an enhanced careers advisory service. 5. Ensure internship opportunities are available to students where they are not a compulsory part of their programmes. Theme 6 – Effective partnerships with UK validating partners and other partners 1. Seek and sustain UK collaboration of undergraduate programmes, and professional and statutory body accreditation, as appropriate. 2. Seek Egyptian Supreme Council of Universities (SCU) accreditation and UK validation, where appropriate, for postgraduate programmes. 3. Achieve Egyptian National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Education (NAQAAE). 2.3. Monitoring and Reporting Mechanisms The Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee (FTLC) is tasked with discussion and approval of the Faculty Teaching and Learning Plan. The progress of the Plan will be via the FTLC reporting to the University Teaching and Learning Committee (UTLC). 2.4. Benchmarks for Evaluation 1. Student Feedback is obtained through: a. Staff Student Liaison Committees (SSLCs) b. Module Evaluation c. Programme Evaluation 2. Achievement, Progression and Retention Reports. 3. Reports from External Examiners. 8 Teaching and Learning Strategy 2015/2016 – Faculty of Pharmacy Version 1.0 – September 2016 Please add/delete rows for each section as appropriate. # Action By whom By when Success criteria Progress Theme 1 – Achievement and enhancement of academic standards 1.1 Achieve a year-on-year improvement in student achievement, progression and retention rates 1.1a -Put a marketing strategy to attract students with high entry score % as Faculty continues to target such applicants. Mrs Wesam with Mrs Hanan Sedawy June 2017 - Improved English, Math & Chemistry levels will be identified in the new intake. 1.1b -Attendance in lectures to be monitored through students’ participation in discussions and pop quizzes. MLs Sept 2016 -Decreased failure rate & to identify the “at risk” students 1.2 Continue to align academic programme with QAA and NAQAAE norms and benchmark standards 1.2a -Ensure mapping of pharmacy programme to NARs as documented in the updated version of programme specifications. DN Since Sept 2012 -Accredited Programme. Theme 2 - Learner centred approaches 2.1 Provide Staff Development to extend awareness of learner centred teaching and student engagement 2.1a -Arrangement for staff development session concerning with learner centered teaching and pilot study. SDC November 2016 Increase awareness of the academic staff towards student centered learning. 2.2 Develop pedagogy for the continuous enhancement of learner centred teaching 2.2a 9 # Action By whom By when Success criteria Progress 2.3 Ensure learner support is in place with personal tutors and student welfare 2.3a Theme 3 - Electronic and blended approaches 3.1 Continue to ensure and enhance eLearning throughout the academic programme 3.1a -Ensure that the eLearning Musts have been completed for all modules. eLC October 2016 -eLearning is an important learning facility for all students and each course data should be uploaded by the module leader from the beginning of semester. 3.2 Advance blended learning incrementally through the medium of eLearning and to advance independent learning 3.2a -To advance the blended and independent learning through the pilot study. MLs SeptDecember 2016 -Increased interaction between students and module leaders will reflect positively on Teaching & Learning process. Theme 4 - Research informed approaches 4.1 Seek to maintain Student:Staff Ratios at 20:1 with a proportion of research active staff in each department with UK and/or other international teaching experience 4.1a -New full time academic staff will join the Faculty next semester. DN February 2017 SSR will be reduced as the current ratio is 35:1 4.2 Increase our (University) postgraduate student population to at least 200 by the end of the planning period 4.2a -Pharmacy has no postgraduate programme as this is the 5th year. 10 # Action By whom By when Success criteria Progress Theme 5 - Employability opportunities 5.1 Identify Graduate Attributes required by employers 5.1a -This is the 5th year of Pharmacy, the first graduated population will be graduated by June 2017. 5.1b -Establish identification and communication tools for our students with the employers. DN -Job opportunities will be offered by the employers to the BUE graduates. 5.2 Advance Graduate Attributes through curriculum and Learning Pathways 5.2a 5.3 Establish Employer Liaison Groups, or equivalent, in all Faculties 5.3a 5.4 Ensure internship opportunities are available to students where they are not a compulsory part of their programmes 5.4a Theme 6 – Effective partnerships with UK validating partners and other partners 6.1 Seek and sustain UK validation of undergraduate programmes, and professional and statutory body accreditation, as appropriate 6.1a -Communications for UK collaboration are still in progress. DN 6.2 Seek Egyptian Supreme Council of Universities (SCU) accreditation and UK validation, where appropriate, for postgraduate programmes 11 # Action By whom By when