It’s a complex and challenging time in UK Higher Education – changes in funding, the recent White Paper on Higher Education, the increasing need to demonstrate ‘impact’, a demand to add value to the learning experience and to increase public engagement all present new challenges for our universities.
The University of Warwick Knowledge Centre goes a small way to addressing some of these demands. The initiative was launched in July 2010 as a pilot project with the aim of providing a digital gateway to Warwick’s world class expertise, research and learning.
The Knowledge Centre aims to open up the University’s activities online, bridging the gap between academic journals and the news media. We work with academics and students to tell the story of their research in a way that is accessible and engaging, as well as inviting academics and students to contribute articles and learning resources themselves. We are constantly trying to think of new ways to engage alumni and wider audiences by providing opportunities to interact with our academics and students through live chats, ‘ask the expert’ features, and video and audio coverage of Warwick events.
We are keen to demonstrate that Warwick isn’t just a source of learning during the three or four years of student life, but can provide relevant and interesting knowledge and learning resources throughout your lifetime, supporting personal and professional development. We also recognise that our alumni have a wealth of knowledge and learning to share with the Warwick community and we welcome contributions and input on how you would like the service to develop.
We have achieved a lot during the first year of the project and we are keen to use the lessons learned to demonstrate the impact of our research and add value to the learning experience at Warwick in the future.