Curriculum 2021 Overview

Developed under the leadership of the Centre for Innovation in Education, Curriculum 2021 is a curriculum framework for the University of Liverpool. Its point of reference is the vision articulated in the University’s Strategy 2026 document and Education Strategy, namely that we shall support our students to become ‘creative and culturally rich graduates with the capacity to find employment that will enable them to be agents for change in a connected world’.

Applicable to all taught programmes at all levels and in all disciplines, the Curriculum 2021 framework sets out the University’s distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills and understanding alongside the graduate attributes:

The curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

The Curriculum 2021 framework provides a definition and justification for each Hallmark and graduate attribute, as well as a set of tools to help programme teams embed them within the curriculum. The framework is complemented by a curriculum design methodology which supports teams to adopt a programme-level approach in line with the experience of our students themselves.

Have you a case study to submit relating to our Curriculum 2021 hallmarks or attributes?

Hallmarks include Research Connected Teaching, Active Learning, Authentic Assessment, and our graduate attributes are Confidence, Digital Fluency or Global Citizenship. You can find out more about these in our C2021 booklet which can be downloaded via the link on this page.

Your fellow-academics would love to hear about them: during our C2021 engagement events, academics asked our team to collate examples especially from within our University. Your case study may relate to one or more hallmarks/attributes. If you have one to share, please use our form to submit a case study.

If you would like to ask any questions or talk to one of our team members to discuss your case study, we would be more than happy to chat to you, so please contact us at