Todd Olive, a Second Year Economic Studies and GSD student, is now a Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA). WIHEA is the UK's first institutional academy of educators for staff and students engaged in the advancement of learning and teaching excellence. It provides an institutional platform for collective discussions on learning and teaching and on the academic student experience. Currently, its key themes are Undergraduate Research, Internationalisation and Interdisciplinarity. It is on the latest that Todd has chosen to focus on.
Indeed, in his statement, he committed himself to promoting the ‘empowerment of students in co-creating learning that addresses theoretical principles in a real-world context’. His plan is to increase the involvement of students in the creation of interdisciplinary modules across the University. These modules will aim at addressing ‘contemporary challenges in a way that allows students to see their specialism from a wider perspective’.
Proven by both his involvement in the Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) and as Editor-in-Chief of GLOBUS, he is extremely engaged in the life of the GSD Department and Warwick University in general. In particular, Todd has significantly improved the participation of fellow students in SSLC elections and, along with other societies on campus, he successfully campaigned for the University to declare a climate emergency.
The main purpose of a Fellow is to effectively make a difference and work towards the success of Learning and Teaching at Warwick. As Fellow of WIHEA, Todd will have the opportunity to take part in exchanges, projects and learning circles to propose teaching and learning policies and develop new academic practices that enhance the student experience and student outcomes. He will be able to contribute and influence the strategic direction and enhance practice and policy within the institution.
Many congratulations, Todd!