CeAL is a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), awarded in 2005 by HEFCE in recognition of teaching and learning excellence in active learning. CeAL is supporting and encouraging innovation and research into active learning, which is a key principle in the University’s Learning Teaching and Assessment Framework. Active learning focuses on inquiry. More than simply 'learning by doing', this approach enables students to construct theoretical understanding through reflection on authentic activities that take place in the field, studio, laboratory and classroom using real sites, community-related and employer-linked activities.
This support is being provided by investing in new course developments and research projects. The Centre is making important contributions to the development of evidence-based active learning practices.