Teaching & Learning


Initiatives and resources supporting the objectives of UCL's Education Strategy 2016-21


Connected Curriculum

Connected Curriculum aims to ensure that all UCL students are able to learn through participating in research and enquiry at all levels of their programme of study.

A connected, research-based education is at the core of UCL's Education Strategy 2016-21and UCL 2034, the university's 20-year institutional strategy.The UCL Connected Curriculum is a way of framing and developing the future of education. There is a tradition in some disciplines of students participating in research and making strong connections between disciplines and with each other. The UCL Connected Curriculum is a chance to ensure all students have these opportunities. It’s also a chance to inspire education enhancement in all programmes.

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Improving experiences for both students & staff

Through engaging in research and enquiry, through taking students to the edge of knowledge, and through changing the nature of the dialogue between staff and students, UCL will offer an even richer and more rewarding education experience. Students will be better equipped with a range of essential skills needed for an unknown future; they will be more engaged with their learning, and will be more autonomous thinkers. 

Six dimensions of connectivity

Comprising six dimensions of connectivity, Connected Curriculum sets out a plan for a joined up approach to education. As well as defining the relationship between students’ learning and their participation in research, it also describes the connections to be made between disciplines, years of study and staff and students.

Connected Curriculum framework - the 6 dimensions
The term ‘research’ signifies very different kinds of activity in different subject fields. The Connected Curriculum initiative encourages individuals and teams within each discipline to think deeply about the nature and practices of their own research, and to invite students, even at undergraduate level, to learn through engaging in some of those distinctive practices. It also promotes interdisciplinary questions and challenges, encouraging both staff and students to question critically the nature of evidence and knowledge production across different subject fields in our digitally mediated world.



The six dimensions

  1. Students connect with researchers and with the institution’s research
  2. A throughline of research activity is built into each programme
  3. Students make connections across subjects and out to the world
  4. Students connect academic learning with workplace learning
  5. Students learn to produce outputs – assessments directed at an audience
  6. Students connect with each other, across phases and with alumni