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TOP STORY: Winners of WATE Award

The Arts Faculty Award recognises the achievements of Warwick's outstanding educators who have enabled excellent learning, creating the conditions within which all students are supported and empowered to succeed and thrive.

Winner - Ian Farnell (Theatre and Performance Studies, School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures)

My experiences as a student continue to inform my teaching practice. Central to this is my reliance on humour as a pedagogical tool – as noted in multiple research papers, laughter can create a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere in which students can confidently express themselves and interrogate their own preconceptions. I take my students’ learning seriously while approaching it lightly, and my caring, attentive and fun practice uniquely enables my students to grow as individuals, scholars and artists.

About Ian

Ian is an IAS Early Career Fellow and tutor in Theatre and Performance Studies. His thesis (completed in 2021 and funded by the Wolfson Foundation) explored British theatre and science fiction. Ian was a finalist for the 2021 WATE PGR and is delighted to be a WATE PGR winner.

Commended - Ronan Hatfull (Theatre and Performance Studies, School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures)

My teaching ethos, methods, and experiences traverse disciplinary boundaries across both Theatre and English. I teach first-year Theatre students and my work on ‘Your Theatre and Performance Toolkit’ has had positive impact upon their learning. My signature pedagogy on the module ‘Remaking Shakespeare’ is open-space learning (OSL), and more recently I have run a collaborative workshop for the Resonate Festival with students and professional theatre-makers.

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Ronan teaches at the University of Warwick and NYU London. He is also a theatre-maker and Artistic Director of Partners Rapt. Ronan is currently co-writing Shakespeare and Hip-Hop: Adaptation, Citation, Education, co-editing Shakespeare and Biofiction on the Contemporary Stage and Screen and developing a monograph on the Reduced Shakespeare Company.

Winner - David Coates (Theatre and Performance Studies, School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures)

In my teaching I bring both my research interests and industry experience to the table to create engaging, relevant and challenging sessions for my students in modules that have appropriate and authentic assessment methods. I am passionate about developing students who have their fingers on the pulse of current debates, research and the industry. However, I believe that ‘being an ‘excellent teacher’ means more than being effective in the classroom’ (Mortiboys, 136). I hope that I can have a long-term impact on my students and the ethos of my department through championing the importance of the wider university student experience; better embedding wellbeing, careers, industry, employability, and skills within the curriculum; and collaborating with students to foster a meaningful sense of community in Theatre and Performance Studies (TPS).

About David

David is an Assistant Professor in Theatre and Performance Studies. He teaches and researches nineteenth-century theatre history, historiography, and queer theatre. As well as teaching core and specialist modules in the department, David has designed a skills-focused programme for first-year undergraduate students and an industry-focussed module in collaboration with Warwick Arts Centre.

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Sensing the City research team launch new exhibition

Coventry and Warwickshire residents are getting a second chance to see and experience artworks created as part of the Sensing the City project, previously shown in The Herbert in 2020.

Urban Sensographies: an Urban Room comes to city-centre venue Metropolis between Friday 22 and Saturday 30 July, presenting highlights of the 2020 exhibition and new work developed subsequently, in light of the coronavirus pandemic and Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture.

The three-year Sensing the City project drew on arts and humanities skills and practices to explore Coventry city centre, using the human senses to gather data about life in the city and to map how its urban spaces are used and experienced.

The exhibition will include photographic collages, texts, and interactive materials; video and sound work; and performance ‘actions’ by sirenscrossing. Visitors to the Urban Room on Sunday 24 July may take part in a guided artists’ sensory walk around the city centre (at 2pm), introducing some of the research techniques used and visiting some of the most interesting spots explored during the project.

'Peeling Paint' from the Urban Sensographies exhibition. Credit: Michael LightborneDr Michael Pigott of Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick said: “Our collaborative research group came together to ask two key questions: who and what is Coventry city centre for? And how might we use the human body as a data-gathering sensor to investigate the rhythms and atmospheres of urban space?”

“Following the radical re-evaluation of city spaces caused by the pandemic and the accelerating climate crisis, we are returning with renewed urgency to the central question of what we want our cities to be and do for us, and how we can make this happen.”

'Ring Road Ring' from the Urban Sensographies exhibition. Credit: Michael Lightborne

Members of the Sensing the City research collective include Professor Nicolas Whybrow and Dr Michael Pigott (University of Warwick), Coventry University's Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), the dance company enter&inhabit, and the London-based artist-researcher Dr Carolyn Deby/sirenscrossing.

In addition to the creative outputs, findings from the project are being shared with urban planners and other professional specialists in fields related to the design and planning of urban futures. Professor Whybrow and Carolyn Deby/sirenscrossing were both invited to contribute essays to the Local Government Association’s “The Future of Cities” debate. [LINK:]


Download images from the exhibition: (credit: Michael Lightborne) (credit: Michael Lightborne) (credit: Nicolas Whybrow)

Urban Sensographies: an Urban Room. Upstairs in Metropolis, Earl Street, Coventry CV1 5RU. Friday 22 to Saturday 30 July, 12-8pm.

The exhibition is free to visit.

Guided walk around the city centre: 2pm - 3.30pm, Sunday 24 July

The exhibition is supported by: University of Warwick, Coventry University, University of East London, AHRC/UKRI, Metropolis and Historic Coventry. More information can be found here:

Sensing the City: an Embodied Documentation and Mapping of the Changing Uses and Tempers of Urban Place (a practice-based case-study of Coventry) was funded by the AHRC and ran 2017-2020. More information on the project can be found here:

Photos from the enter&inhabit strand of the research can be seen here:

Film and sound work from Michael Pigott’s strand of the project, including an album of sounds of the Ring Road, can be viewed here:

The title of the exhibition was inspired by the new Routledge book Urban Sensographies that draws together the findings of Sensing the City, published by Routledge and available in paperback from August:
Whybrow, Nicolas (ed) (2021) Urban Sensographies (London and New York: Routledge).

The Sensing the City Project Team:

  1. Professor Nicolas Whybrow, University of Warwick
  2. Dr Natalie Garrett Brown, University of East London
  3. Dr Emma Meehan, Coventry University
  4. Dr Michael Pigott, University of Warwick
  5. Dr Carolyn Deby, sirenscrossing
  6. Dr Nese Ceren Tosun, University of Warwick
  7. Rob Batterbee, University of Warwick
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