Strategic context

It is important to be aware of the strategic drivers within the University, which will support your discussions with academic staff.

Cardiff University Education Strategy

The Cardiff University: The Way Forward 2018-2023 (PDF, Cardiff University login required) strategy includes the ambition to support students through the transition to independent learning, developing their leadership skills and preparing them for the world of work.

The Way Forward 2018-2023 sub-strategy: Education and Students (PDF, Cardiff University login required) outlines in more detail the University’s commitment to providing ‘excellent teaching and services to enhance learning and support student life’, geared ulimately towards employability and full and effective participation in society.

National context

The Welsh Information Literacy Project, funded by the Welsh Government from 2009-2015 was a cross-sectoral project which aimed to embed information literacy across Wales. Amongst its many achievements, the project developed a national information literacy framework for Wales covering all levels of learners, together with associated accreditation via Agored Cymru, a national qualification award body.

JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) include information literacy as part of their seven strands of digital literacy. They provide a range of resources to enable educators to develop digital literacy in their institutions. Their current Building Digital Capability project is focused on staff development. It will produce a framework outlining the digital skills requirements of staff in further and higher education, self-diagnostic tools and online resources to support staff development.

The next section outlines the benefits of information literacy.