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 - Friday 27th January and was targeted at Level 1 students.
The aim of the 2017 programme was to: complement learning and development within each students degree programme, provide students with opportunities to gain skills beyond their degree pathway, engage with staff and students across the university, offer students the chance to realise their ideas in a supported and low-risk environment and provide an opportunity for experimentation and innovation outside of the curriculum.
During the 2017 programme, there were a total of 116 events, excluding school-run programmes, and over 1,000 attendees.
Development Weeks 2018 ran from 14th May - 1st June and was open to students from any degree pathway or level.
The vibrant three week programme attracted 7,000 students to its 170 events including; concerts to courses, field trips to fairs, internships to innovations, and showcases to student led activity.
The marketing campaign #AReasonToStay was accompanied by student testimonial videos, social media content and a launch event which created a buzz on campus.
A new initiative entitled the 'Student Led Activity Fund' was established, funding groups of 2-6 students with £750 to create, organise and run their own Development Weeks event. In 2018 there were 17 student funded groups including 'High Performance Python', 'Art and Medical Sciences Workshop', 'Got Consent?' and 'QUB Symphony Orchestra Annual Spring Concert'.