Claude Bernard Lyon 1 is a university that provides teaching for 40,000 students a year in the fields of science and technology, health and sport. Claude Bernard Lyon 1 is part of Université de Lyon, the most important French University site outside the Paris Region.

Lyon 1 employs 2900 researchers and teachers, of which 700 are also hospital practitioners as well as a technical and administrative staff of 1800. Lyon 1 became an autonomous establishment on 1. January 2009 and with a total budget of 405 m€ Lyon 1 is one of the largest employers in the region.

Lyon 1’s student population is of nearly 40.000. 54% of this population is female and 18% receive a student’s grant. Lyon 1 is also proud to count a large proportion of foreign students (10,5% of its students, of 134 nationalities). Nearly 80% of students opt for vocational Programmes: Lyon 1 produces no less than 9250 graduates per year:

The study Programmes that are offered in the health science faculties give access to the entirety of the medical professions (doctor of medicine, pharmacist, dentist, midwife) and paramedical professions (audioprosthesist, ergotherapist, physiotherapist, speech therapist, orthoptist, physiotherapist specialised in psychomotor integration).

Lyon 1’s science sector also offers a vast choice of subjects: the DUT diploma provides training in 17 areas of expertise for future technical managers. 57 vocational bachelor’s degrees prepare students for middle management jobs. 111 master’s degrees (vocational, reasearch or combined vocational and reasearch) prepare students for senior management jobs or for work in research and development. Lyon 1 also offers a very high standard of specialized vocational training in engineering (Polytech Lyon) and actuarial sciences (ISFA).

– The ESPE, the teacher training establishment specialized in the vocational preparation of primary and secondary teachers (of all subjects).

The University is committed to more than 80 European Union projects and participates actively in The Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7).

The international status of Lyon 1 as a center of excellence for research has recently been demonstrated.

A team of 4 people is involved in the Co-Creating Welfare project. The Lyon team is in charge of the Needs Analysis Work Package. They will also test the training in 4 pilot institutions which they have selected: Atelier Canopé 42, the Unirès Network, The Department of Education at the University of Lyon, and Globe 42.

The Lyon team has engaged in a constructive partnership with the Atelier Canopé 42 for the Co-Creating Welfare project.

Atelier Canopé 42

The “Atelier Canopé 42” is one of the hundred workshop teams dedicated to education, within the Canopé Network, which covers the whole of France. Based in Saint-Etienne, near Lyon, the team yet has a singular focus: for several years, the Atelier 42 proposes a multitude of resources and activities, which connect the fields of both Education and Design. The Atelier Canopé 42 leads a national initiative, the PREAC (resources center for Education and cultural goals), which is one of a kind in France. Its main partners are La Cité du Design and the School of Arts and Design in Saint-Etienne. It can be noted that the City of St Etienne obtained the Unesco City of Design label, along with 20 others Cities around the world.

This year, the Atelier Canopé 42 has published a new book called: “Bringing innovation to schools through the use of Design”. This book endeavours to discuss the emerging issues relating to teaching and teachers’ practice. The role and the position of teachers have completely been transformed up to today: one relevant question is how Design, in all its dimensions, could help the institution to rethink the following key items:

  • Rethinking classrooms (architecture, furniture)
  • Rethinking the relationship to knowledge
  • Rethinking the relationship between stakeholders in the educating community (stakeholders whether decision makers, teachers, parents…)
  • Reflecting on questions relating to evaluation, to enhance teaching methods