Within the University context the Faculty of Education and Children's Services is both forward-looking, preparing trainee teachers and the wider children's workforce for the 21st century, and yet equally proud of its history and tradition.
The Faculty is committed to:
- Ensuring all who teach, develop and support children and young people can play a major role in raising standards and improving their life chances.
- The active promotion of equality of opportunity and to widening access and participation. Applications are particularly welcome from minority ethnic groups and others who are currently under-represented in higher education, from mature students, and from students who possess non-standard entry qualifications.
- Promoting strong international links in teaching and research with faculties of education, colleges, schools and children's centres in countries including: Belgium, China, Finland, Italy, Japan, Melanesia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Palestine, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, USA.
- Enabling students and staff, through work with international partners at home and overseas, to become inter-culturally aware of, sensitive to and knowledgeable about other countries and cultures.
- Equipping students with the skills needed to operate as autonomous, creative, critical teachers with a clear sense of their own professional identity and role in an increasingly globalized world.
- Developing strong links with schools, colleges and Local Authorities across the region.
- The development and delivery of high quality programmes for the wider children's workforce.
The Faculty offers:
- An extensive programme of education and training for prospective and experienced teachers.
- Innovative, inter-professional programmes to support professionals who work with children, young people and families.
The Faculty also provides:
- High quality training from staff who are enthusiastic, highly qualified, engaged in a range of research activities and experts in their field.
- A supportive and friendly learning environment with a wide range of support systems, including welfare, finance and study skills.
- An environment in which students and staff can engage on a range of levels with international peers both on campus and overseas.
- Opportunities for international experiences which experience suggests will stay with them throughout their careers, inform their professional practice and make a difference to the many hundreds of students across the world they will teach and influence throughout their careers.
- An excellent range of social, cultural and sporting facilities.