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Goal One

Cat Turhan - SU President

Inspiring Students

Cat Turhan

Students' Union President 2014/2015

I graduated from Warwick in 2013, with a Classics degree. I really enjoyed my studies, and my undergraduate experience was underpinned by my sports and society activities. Warwick is a place where anything is possible – I experienced skiing, TV presenting and performing in a nationally-renowned arts centre. In my final year, I became a Students’ Union councillor, allowing me to influence the way my Union was run.

As Students’ Union President, I will express the views of all Warwick students, enabling them to shape the institution they study in. I will be lobbying the University over many issues affecting students, and I also aim to run a campaign to get students voting in the General Election.

After my presidency, I intend to move to Munich, and, looking further ahead, I would like to work for a not-for-profit organisation which lobbies for social change.

 Paul Raffield

Inspiring teachers

Paul Raffield

Professor of Law and Deputy Head of the Law School

Described as ‘an enthusiastic teaching innovator and committed teaching leader’, our students are clearly inspired by Paul’s teaching:

“Professor Raffield is an inspiration because of the passion with which he approaches everything that he teaches....”

“The best lecturer I have experienced at Warwick so far. His lectures are concentrated to the topic, with visual aids of cases, as well as using personal opinion to make some of the harder concepts in law more accessible”.

Prior to joining Warwick, Paul worked for 25 years as an actor in TV, Film and Theatre, and this experience heavily influenced his research interests, which include legal history, law and literature (particularly Shakespeare and the Law), and critical legal studies. Much of Paul’s teaching stems from this research. In 2008 he received a Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence (WATE), and in 2009 he was made a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


As part of the Strategy refresh process, a number of videos have been filmed with a range of senior staff from across the University. You can watch two of the videos relevant to Goal One below.

Teaching and Learning and the Student Experience

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Goal one
Enable our students to succeed

Provide a life-changing education,
an outstanding student experience,
a global perspective.

Outstanding student experience

Student success through the provision of an outstanding student experience that leads to the very best employability outcomes for our graduates is something that we continually strive to achieve.

Partnership and collaboration between academics and students is right at the heart of a Warwick education. We’ll keep on developing and enhancing these qualities to ensure that our students, in turn, continue to develop as people and potential employees.

We must listen to our students and fully engage with them as active partners in an experience that brings together thought leadership, pedagogical innovation in education, and excellence in research. Our distinctive degree programmes must build on our disciplinary and interdisciplinary strengths with research-oriented teaching, and we also recognise the need to explore the untapped educational potential of technological innovation. In this way, we can present an agile response to emerging needs and evolving learning models in schools and colleges.

We’ll promote flexibility and choice throughout all degree programmes, enhancing core teaching with a growing range of options, development experiences and projects.

Reflecting our commitment to learner engagement, we’ll encourage students to be creative, analytical and critical in the questioning of ideas, the pursuit of knowledge and the exploration of new interests.

We want Warwick graduates to take their place among the best thinkers and most influential citizens of the future. To inspire and deliver this goal, our staff must continue to be the best experts in their own fields; we must continually challenge ourselves and our own high standards of teaching excellence.

True to our founding mission, we’ll adopt approaches that foster and support an inclusive educational environment: one that’s accessible to people from all backgrounds. We’ll also ensure a Warwick education is international in character.



  • 1. Ensure that we support students to achieve the very best outcomes and – working in close consultation with individuals and the Students’ Union – that they receive the highest quality academic education, the broadest student experience and the right extracurricular opportunities to find their place in the world.
  • 2. Appoint, develop, reward and retain the best teaching staff with the ability to inspire students through research-led teaching and to engage them as partners in their learning.
  • 3. Promote innovation and world-class thinking throughout the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum, with the choice and quality to attract the best students.
  • 4. Make sure the University is an accessible, welcoming place for students from all backgrounds and cultures, continually seeking out ways to help people overcome barriers to participation.
  • 5. Do our utmost to produce graduates who are highly desired by employers and fully equipped to succeed, whatever sector they choose to enter.
  • 6. Develop every student’s international perspective, preparing them for an increasingly globalised society through intercultural learning and opportunities to study overseas.
  • 7. Embed the innovative use of technology in the delivery of teaching, continue to develop a personalised learning experience, and provide sector-leading infrastructure, learning spaces, facilities and services.

Objective 1: Outstanding student experience

We will

✓ Provide an outstanding student experience that enables our students to succeed.

✓ Improve the opportunities for us to listen to students and act accordingly.

✓ Commit to grow and support extra-curricular activity as a fundamental part of the student journey, finding creative ways to recognise, reward and celebrate involvement.

✓ Recognise the distinctive academic, intercultural and social needs of different groups and reflect this understanding in creating vibrant new accommodation and significantly expanding the number of student rooms and staff housing on campus, while maintaining our commitment to a choice of facilities and rents.

We will investigate further

➜ Opportunities for increased personalised learning, feedback and skills development across our curriculum to support student success.

➜ Opportunities to further engage student representatives in the life of the University.

We will measure success through

➜ Increasing our position in the National Student Survey to at least an overall average satisfaction rating of 90% and achieving an equivalent score in postgraduate student surveys.

➜ Achieving a year-on-year improvement in graduate level employability outcomes e.g. as measured by the Destination of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) Survey.

➜ Percentage of students engaged in extra-curricular activities.

➜ The reputational impact of our student activities and their contribution to society, cultural or economic success.

➜ The reputation and success of our alumni community.

➜ Delivery of new student residences.

Objective 2: Inspiring teachers

We will

✓ Launch an Education Academy to develop our teaching staff, find new ways to recognise, reward and celebrate teaching, and so drive our commitment to excellence.

✓Give students the advantage of being taught by leaders in their field, through a commitment to research-led teaching and an emphasis on recruiting the very best.

We will measure success through

➜ Staff satisfaction ratings e.g. through our PULSE survey.

➜ Metrics and indicators of teaching excellence.

➜ The profile of our staff in terms of research and teaching standing against measures of esteem e.g. NTFs, WATE.

Objective 3: Innovative Curriculum

We will

✓ Explore new models of teaching to enhance the student experience and extend opportunities for student engagement in the design and delivery of the curriculum.

✓ Expand our interdisciplinary curriculum by developing a further suite of interdisciplinary degrees, including a Liberal Arts degree, and significantly increasing the provision of interdisciplinary modules at all levels of study.

✓ Develop our Graduate School’s role as a focal point for considering the specific needs of all postgraduate students.

✓ Launch Warwick Professional Studies to mobilise a more extensive programme of professional and executive education.

We will investigate further

➜ Innovative ways in which we can connect research and teaching for the benefit of our students, and give students the opportunity to undertake research as part of their degrees.

➜ How we can best exploit our new Warwick London Hub in the Shard to expand learning opportunities for students and graduates.

We will measure success through

➜ Increase in opportunities for students to undertake research projects.

➜ Increase in student satisfaction scores as measured by undergraduate and postgraduate student surveys.

➜ Metrics that demonstrate the demand for our courses and the quality of student applications.

➜ Success measures for the Warwick presence in London.

➜ Increase in interdisciplinary modules.

➜ Increase in income from professional and executive education.

Objective 4: Accessible and welcoming

We will

✓ Extend our widening participation programmes, providing opportunities for access to a Warwick education.

We will investigate further

➜ Ways of removing barriers to a Warwick education for students from all backgrounds.

We will measure success through

➜ Achieving and aspiring to exceed our Widening Participation targets.

Objective 5: Highly employable graduates

We will

✓ Boost student employability via a programme of career-focused activities starting at first arrival on campus and continuing beyond graduation: the objective being to produce enterprising, outwardlooking graduates who are equipped to meet society’s newest challenges and to translate their skills into their chosen arena.

We will investigate further

➜ Ways to increase student take-up of relevant intercalated work experience, exploring a broader range of ideas for engagement with employers.

➜ Ways to engage student entrepreneurs.

We will measure success through

➜ Achieving a year-on-year improvement in student employability outcomes e.g. the Destination of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) Survey.

➜ Increase in the number of courses offering intercalated years.

➜ Increase in student start-ups.

Objective 6: Global citizens

We will

✓ Increase the global mobility and awareness of students through our international partnerships, so as to offer more international opportunities and placements as integral elements of degrees.

✓ Launch flexible and distinctive transnational degrees with our international partners, providing an outstanding global learning experience for our students.

We will investigate further

➜ How to make international experience accessible to the wider student body.

We will measure success through

➜ Increase in the number of student international placements.

➜ Growth in intercultural opportunities embedded in the curriculum.

Objective 7: Innovative approaches to teaching

We will

✓ Invest in a new flagship Teaching and Learning Centre at the heart of our campus, along with investment in academic facilities in all faculties.

We will investigate further

➜ New on- and off-campus locations for Learning Grid study centres tailored to the needs of students at all levels of study.

➜ Ways in which technology can most effectively enhance the provision of learning and streamline the delivery of services to students.

➜ Ways to stimulate a ‘Campus of ideas’ through the creative use of our open spaces for learning and engagement across the whole University community.

We will measure success through

➜ Launch of the new Teaching and Learning Building.

➜ Improvement in the quality of our centrally timetabled learning spaces.

➜ Increase in the utilisation of Learning Grid study spaces.

➜ Growth in student engagement with Moodle.