The History of Development Weeks
Development Weeks were introduced in 2016/17 as part of the Academic Year restructuring.
The pilot programme ran from Monday 9th January - Friday 27th January and was targeted at Level 1 students.
The aims of Development Weeks 2017 were: to complement learning and development within each students degree programme, to provide students with opportunities to gain skills beyond their degree programme, engaging with students and staff from across the university, to offer students the chance to realise their ideas in a supported and low-risk environment and to provide an opportunity for experimentation and innovation in forms that are constrained by current curriculum designs and requirements.
During the 2017 programme, there were a total of 116 events that took place, excluding school-run programmes, and over 1,000 attendees.
Development Weeks 2018 ran from 14th May - 1st June and was open to all students from all degree pathways and levels.
The diverse three week programme held 170 events, from concerts to courses, field trips to fairs, internships to innovations, and showcases to student led activity.
The social media marketing campaign #AReasonToStay was accompanied by student testimonial videos and a launch event created a buzz on Campus. A new initiative entitled the 'Student Led Activity Fund' was established, offering groups of 2-6 students £750 to create, organise and run their own Development Weeks event. In 2018 there were 17 student funded groups that ran events including 'High Performance Python', 'Art and Medical Sciences Workshop', 'Got Consent?' and 'QUB Symphony Orchestra Annual Spring concert'.
Overall, Development Weeks 2018 attracting over 7,000 attendees.
The future of Development Weeks
Development Weeks 2019 will take place from 7th - 11th January and the 20th - 31st May. There will be a continuation of the 'Student Led Activity Fund' more internships on offer and, with the three week programme split across the academic term, increased student engagement.