Curricula are often reviewed and revised in order to ensure that they have particular characteristics, as institutions seek to show that they are distinctively different from their peers. Paradoxically, remarkably similar issues were discussed at the institutions we visited. Research-intensive institutions are always concerned that students should benefi t from the presence of research. Curriculum broadening often means that an interdisciplinary approach is encouraged. Universities increasingly seek to ensure that students’ experience includes engagement with the world beyond the university, whether in the local community or globally. Another group of concerns centres on students’ capacity to learn.