Investment for excellence and maximising the University’s presence
We also know that to support our ambitions for excellence, we need to invest in our research and teaching spaces to enable our disciplines to grow, continue to provide an excellent environment for learning and facilitate opportunities for interdisciplinary working.
Our future investment plans include a new £15 million Teaching and Learning Centre at the heart of campus and a new building for interdisciplinary laboratory space. We are also planning extensions for our Law department and our Engineering department. Our Warwick Business School extension will be finished soon.
The National Automotive Innovation Campus is also in the final stages of design. This iconic £93m building will focus the national and international research strengths and expertise of industry, universities, supply chain companies and SMEs. Over 900 staff from academic and industry teams from WMG, Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Motors European Technology Centre and other partners will work collaboratively on research projects to deliver world-class manufacturing technology, processes and services.
Also in our longer term capital programme are plans for a new building for our Arts and Humanities and an extension to provide more space for our Mathematical, Statistical and Computer Science Departments.
As a University, we are very fortunate to have the land to expand. Not many Universities have the opportunities that we have to develop their campuses. However, we also value our green spaces; we’ve recently created a Jubilee woodland area and the landscaping of our campus is a very important part of our capital plan.
But it’s not just about building on our campus; we need to be more creative than this. We will explore other ways of developing Warwick’s presence elsewhere.
For example, WBS is soon to have a presence in the Shard in London; we will explore ways in which we can build on this more widely across the University.
On continental Europe, Warwick History and Art History students are among those who have benefited from our base in a fifteenth-century palazzo near Venice’s Grand Canal.
We also have a presence in Brussels and will seek to develop ways that we can engage more broadly with the agenda in Europe.
We have a range of close collaborations with other Universities and research organisations around the world including our engagement in the CUSP consortia in New York, our Alliance with Monash University and our partnership with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
We are already exploring how these other locations can benefit our research and teaching both physically and virtually and will continue to do so. Finding creative and innovative ways to increase our presence in other locations around the world is something we will continue to examine.
In terms of investment in teaching, we already have in hand a programme to refresh our existing teaching spaces along with a pilot programme on lecture capture.
We have also seen some significant early success for Warwick’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), developed by Warwick Business School and entitled ‘The Mind is Flat: The Shocking Shallowness of Human Psychology’. Which overshot it subscription limit in less than 48 hours from its launch. A second Warwick MOOC has since been launched and a third is imminent
We recognise that technological developments will increasingly underpin the traditional ways in which people engage with learning and we will explore these further. Investing in the way we deliver teaching and learning to our students also forms a key part of this strategy.