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Alumni Knowledge Exchange breaking news

Alumni Knowledge ExchangeBreaking news

The first sessions in the 2011 Alumni Knowledge Exchange are beginning to take shape.

The overarching theme of the day will be ‘Warwick, the world and you’. The aim of the day is to showcase globally relevant thinking from the Warwick community and how that impacts on the lives of individuals.

It will put an emphasis on the practical translation of research to reality.


Main stage

10.30 – 11.15: Mental wellbeing at work
This session brings together leading thinkers from the Warwick Medical School, Warwick Business School and the Department of Psychology to discuss mental wellbeing at work. What is the latest thinking and how might it apply to you…
11.30 – 12.15 Building success beyond recession

How can we turn our financial position around? This session learns from the examples of success stories in turning around companies and from the psychology perspective of how we as individual consumers make decisions…

13.30 – 14.15 Can we be green and profitable?
How is it possible to deliver a low carbon economy and remain profitable? How does this translate to the lives of individuals? Can we create wealth out of waste?
14.30 – 15.15 Human security
Details to follow...
15.30 – 16.15 How can the arts improve our lives?
This session looks at how the arts benefit the lives of individuals and companies and how we can apply creativity to the workplace...

Alumni talks

11.00 - 11.45 Nev Fountain (BA English and Theatre Studies 1987-90)
Nev is a comedy writer best known for his work on the radio and television programme Dead Ringers. He will be talking about his career and how he made the break into writing as a career.
12.00 - 12.45 Christian Wolmar (BA Economics 1967-71)

Christian is one of the UK's leading commentators on transport matters and has won several awards for his work. He broadcasts frequently on radio and TV and is a regular pundit on the national news bulletins of terrestrial channels and Sky, as well as having appeared on virtually every radio news programme from World at One and the World Tonight to Radio One's NewsBeat and LBC.

Here he will be talking about the subject of his latest Engines of War book which looks at how railways transformed the nature of how wars were conducted. This is an aspect of military history that has been widely ignored. There has been much focus on how the development of weaponry increased the efficiency of armies as killing machines but little attention has been paid to how the weapons got to the front. And it was the railways which changed the logistics of war

13.00 – 13.45 – Children’s writers panel
Warwick has produced a number of successful writers of books for children. Here a diverse range of the most successful will come together to discuss what makes a successful children's books, what they have learned in their careers and xxx.
14.00 – 14.45 – Heather Brooke (xxx)
15.00 – 15.45 – Sarah Haywood