University of Bristol (UNIVB)

The University of Bristol ( is renowned as one of the best universities in the UK and, indeed, in the world. A member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK universities, committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with the business and public sectors, the University of Bristol is a thriving international community dedicated to learning, discovery and enterprise, a world leader in research and a major force in the life and economy of South West England.

The Graduate School of Education is one of the leading Schools of Education in the UK and one of the largest Schools in the University of Bristol. Its aim is to promote effective learning whether that be the learning of students through teaching or the learning of those with whom the School comes into contact through its multidisciplinary research and development work. Postgraduate students are drawn from throughout the world to the Graduate School of Education to study a Master’s degree, a PhD or a Doctor of Education (EdD). In addition, the EdD and Master of Education (MEd) are taught in Hong Kong, at City University. The programmes in Hong Kong have been established for some 17 years and are excellent examples of successful transnational education.

Contribution To The Tempus IRIS Project
Sheila Trahar leads WP3: Internationalisation of the Curriculum.
The main goal of WP3 is stated as ‘cultivating international orientations and attitudes and encouraging international involvement among faculty, administrators and students in colleges’.
Overall objectives of the THREE WP3 workshops are:
  • To provide an understanding of how international policies and new social and economic contexts of higher education impact/mediate teaching, learning and administrative practices.
  • To engage critically with the policy debates and theoretical ideas that underpin teaching, learning and assessment in higher education and relate these to local contexts.
  • To articulate the complexities of intercultural communication and relationships and to identify ways to enhance cultural capability.
  • To identify the academic and personal support needs of students in global higher education.
  • To enable participants to share experiences and apply debates to their own context and practice.