Welcome to Impress


Jul 18, 2019

Creative Sparks ... here we come

We are excited to announce that we were successful in our bid to be part of the British Council's Creative Spark: Higher Education Enterprise Programme. This is a five-year initiative to support international university and institutional partnerships to develop enterprise skills and creative economy across seven countries in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan), South Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia) and Ukraine through UK support. We are looking forward to the first meeting in early September 2019.

May 24, 2018

Visiting the new leadership hub at the university

Visit to Taras Shevchenko University by Northumbria team

Professor Strachan, Dr Pickard, Dr Vlasova and Professor Moscardini visiting Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev to see the results of their British Council Project. They received a presentation from the Kiev team and visiting the leadership hub that has been set up on the main campus. They also had time to visit the lovely city of Kiev.

Feb 20, 2018

Final year of project

Update on British Council Project between Northumbria University and Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev

During the second year of our British Council Project, the team has been able to build on the experiences of the first year and provide more in depth exploration of key issues particularly:

  • What does it mean to be a modern university in the 21st century?

  • How can we use technology to enhance learning and teaching and also support staff and academic development?

  • How should we develop leadership and management across the academic staff base and institution?

  • What is the best way to deliver science outreach and engagement to encourage the next generation of scientists, technologists and engineers, working in partnership with other organisations?


Together this has supported the Taras Shevchenko team in their experience and development of the three pillar portals identified for this project:

1) Skills Plus Portal for leadership (SPPL)

2) Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation Portal (SEWPP);

3) Science with and for Society Initiative (SSI).

There has also been discussion on how to develop the collaboration further particularly around the potential for joint programmes, leadership development and joint research and education initiatives.

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This is a ROADMAP for universities who wish to improve their student services, developed by the Universities of Northumbria at Newcastle, Tomas Batu at Zlin, and four of the leading classical universities in the Ukraine, working with industry and student partners.

This roadmap comprises a number of resources to support students on their journey from recruitment and first year to graduation and their future employment. It has been developed from the experience and best practice shared during the EU Structural Measures Tempus funded project: IMPRoving the Efficiency of Student Services (IMPRESS).


We hope you find this site and set of resources interesting and informative and would welcome your feedback.


Cofunded by the

Tempus Programme of the European Union