International Group Work For Sustainable Development
Dr Richard Darton &
Dr KatheriNE HAXTON
Chemistry, Keele University
Level 4 15-credit module, all coursework.
In person (Keele) & distance (NXU).
Places chemistry in the societal,
political and cultural context.
Opportunity to get students in UK and
China talking to each other.
Year 1: Nanjing XiaoZhuang (NXU)
Year 2/3: NXU Programme + 8 pass/fail
bridging modules by Keele staff; 6
‘in person’, 2 distance learning
Year 4: Keele 3rd year + 3 bespoke
modules, join with UK cohort.
“It was nice to converse with
the Chinese students and to
find out about how another
“I feel that the
assignment was too
dependent on the Chinese
students responding to
This task rewards students who are engaged and:
- organised (emailing well in advance of deadlines)
- curious (willing to learn from one another)
- open (not deterred by cultural barriers)
“I didn’t like this
task!! Because the Keele
students didn't email me
“Be more nice and open,
don't be shy, be willing
to chat to others.”
This task is harsh on students who:
- leave things to the last minute
- are reluctant to engage, ask questions, be curious
- dislike social activities and prefer solitary research