Our approach to teaching and learning is participant-centred in two ways. Firstly, the Programme explores and makes links between the ideas, models and skills for public service and participants' own work experiences and organisational contexts. As a result, participants' contributions, in the form of discussion and exploration of case studies are particularly important and assist in the creation of an educational environment in which a significant component of the learning derives through interactions between programme participants. Secondly, we recognise that different individuals learn best in different ways. Some will prefer lecture inputs for the frameworks, theoretical perspectives and challenge to thinking that these can provide. Others will tend to favour the more practical sessions and/or the time spent in syndicates with colleagues, exchanging experiences and perspectives on issues under consideration or in addressing specific tasks, case studies and problemsolving.
Many of our modules are taught on a blended learning basis, combining faceto- face provision with online content. This combination offers students the opportunity to learn in a classroom environment and to network with other students, alongside the change to undertake more reflective learning via online case studies and simulation activities.