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WIHEA Learning Circles

Fellows can join a circle led by a colleague WIHEA Fellow to develop their expertise in an area that either explores new opportunities or tackles current challenges faced by Warwick and/or other higher education institutions across the world.

The Fellow's role is to gather intelligence, collaborate and share their findings to inform strategic and practical thinking and enhance institutional practice and policy. It enables Fellows to enhance their own expertise and leadership experience whilst being a part of a collective voice influencing Warwick’s future direction.

WIHEA Fellows are invited to contact lead fellows directly to join any of the Learning Circles below.

If you would like to propose starting/leading a new learning circle, please have a read through our 'Guidelines for Learning Circle Leads' Link opens in a new windowand follow the information provided.

Teaching Recognition & Reward (TR&R)

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Led by Caroline Elliott (Economics) and Nicholas Jackson (Mathematics). Informs institutional deliberation on:

  • Parity of research and teaching
  • Teaching career development
  • Recognition and reward of teaching activity

Pedagogic Research in HE

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Led by John Kirkman (ADC) and Richard Smith (Applied Linguistics), this open group involves:

  • Asking questions about our teaching
  • Opportunities to engage in research as well as with research
  • Professional Development through inquiry
  • Peer Collaboration to build pedagogic leadership capacity

Trans & Queer Pedagogies

Trans & Queer Pedagogy Learning Circle

Led by Sam Parr (SU) this Open Learning Circle looks at gender inclusive teaching and queer pedagogy in particular. The group will:

  • research and discuss existing literature
  • share teaching and learning practices
  • explore the trans student learning experience

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Co-led by Jane Bryan (Law) and Catherine Bennett (WMS) this Learning Circle has now progressed to a Staff Network:

  • Evaluate current systems and perceived effectiveness.
  • Explore peer review processes at other institutions.
  • Enhance the Warwick peer observation system.


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Co-Led by Ross Forman (English), Freeha Azmat (WMG) & Barbara Nastoll (Law). Internationalisation is one of three aspects of learning beyond boundaries where Warwick excels. This open group explores:

  • Student mobility
  • Exchange of ideas, practices and experience across the discipline
  • Internationalisation in the curriculum


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Led by Catherine Hale (WMS) and Naomi Waltham-Smith (CIM) the Interdisciplinarity Learning Circle is an open group and aims to

  • Share best practice
  • Discuss Key Themes, such as the benefits of and barriers to interdisciplinarity teaching and learning
  • Inform and steer the strategic development of interdisciplinarity at Warwick

Module Evaluation

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Led by Cathy Hampton (SMLC). This learning circle will soon be closing, it has looked at:

  • existing practices in module evaluation in Warwick and elsewhere
  • literature on the topic
  • shared best practice on how module evaluations can support learning

Learning Analytics

Learning analytics

Led by Russell Boyatt (ITS). This Learning Circle is currently on hold. Learning analytics may impact on student experience. This circle has so far looked at:

  • the promise and perils of gathering, analysing and using student data
  • issues of privacy, consent, ethics and responsibilities
  • opportunities for analyis and intervention

Wellbeing Pedagogies


Led by Elena Riva (IATL) and Martin Mik (ADC) the circle will be space for:

  • Sharing practice;
  • Thinking at how we can design a whole educational experience that supports positive student and staff wellbeing;
  • Exploring the existing literature;
  • Engaging with the different stakeholders across Warwick University.

Anti-Racist Pedagogy and Process in HE


Led by Olanrewaju Sorinola (WMS), the aim of this learning circle is to:

  • Inform institutional deliberations on issues of BAME student experience and attainment, as it relates to teaching and learning.


Authentic Learning

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Led by Catherine Bennett (WMS), this is an open group, all staff welcome - problem or case based learning. The group will:

  • Act as a forum for new ideas and initiatives
  • Provide opportunities for interdisciplinary projects
  • Work with external stakeholders to explore their potential contribution

Designing and Assessing Group Work

Co-led by Dot Powell (WBS) and Amy Stickles (WFS), this group exists to: • Reflect on student and staff experiences of assessed group work • Investigate possible success factors in the design of truly collaborative group work tasks  • Explore existing research and scholarship on group work from both within and beyond Warwick • Enhance institutional understanding of effective approaches to assessing group tasks

Co-led by Dot Powell (WBS) and Amy Stickels (WFS), this group exists to:

  • Reflect on student and staff experiences of assessed group work
  • Investigate possible success factors in the design of truly collaborative group work tasks
  • Explore existing research and scholarship on group work from both within and beyond Warwick
  • Enhance institutional understanding of effective approaches to assessing group tasks

Student Voice/Experience

Student Voice

Currently - This Learning Circle is on hold. To date it has:

  • Engaged with the literature around student voice and engagement in the development in the learning experience (rather than how learning takes place in the classroom)
  • Identified areas for research
  • Promoted writing in the area of student voice

Learning from crisis


Co-led by Naomi de la Tour (IATL) and Tiana Holgate (Sociology), this Open learning circle aims to:

  • Reflect on the measures taken during the Covid-19 crisis
  • Make recommendations on what to take forward


Led by Damien Homer (Faculty of Arts) and Mairi Macintyre (Warwick Manufacturing Group), the aim of this learning circle is to:

  • Embed co-creation into everyday education practice at Warwick.

  • Co-creation can be between staff and students, but also between academic staff and professional services colleagues.

Restorative Justice in HE

Restorative Justice

Led by Imogen Davies (WMS), Jane Bryan (Law) and Amanda Wilson (Law), this Learning Circle aims to:

  • Explore how Restorative Justice works in other institutions (within and outside of HE)
  • Explore the literature on Restorative Justice and develop an evidence base relevant to Warwick
  • Engage with stakeholders from across the university and explore ways in which Restorative Justice processes might be used at Warwick

Peer Mentoring

Peer Mentoring

Co-led by David Bather Woods (Philosophy) and Julie Taylor (CTE) this circle seeks to support the development of student peer mentoring at Warwick. The initial aims are:

  • To establish existing practice
  • To investigate examples of best practice across the sector
  • To support initiatives across the University to develop student peer mentoring and peer assisted learning
  • To examine potential future policy

Neurodiversity and the Student Experience

Led by Jagjeet Jutley-Neilson (Psychology) this WIHEA learning circle aims to bring together academics that are interested in exploring the Learning Experience of Students who identify as having Specific Learning Differences/Neurodivergent. Neurodiversity or Specific learning differences is a term that is commonly used to describe people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including Asperger’s, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (AD(H)D); co-occurrence amongst these is also common.

Developing a Pedagogy of Public Engagement

Led by Mark Hinton (Lifelong Learning), this group runs in conjunction with WIE and it explores Public Engagement within:

  • Current modules
  • Teaching
  • Assessments

Curriculum Review Framework

Led by Jennie Mills (ADC). This Learning Circle now on hold explored the concept of developing a Curriculum Review Framework. Members:

  • discussed and shared practice
  • explored what support academic departments require to undertake a curriculum review;
  • and how to engage students so that they play an integral part in curriculum review

Enhancing the VLE

Co-led by Richard Clay (WMS) and Jim Judges (Academic Technology), this Learning Circle aims to:

  • Capture staff and student experience and feedback to evaluate the usability of the VLE and to identify areas for improvement
  • Share best practice and solutions to problems and act as a forum for new initiatives
  • Make recommendations to help inform and steer the development of the VLE at Warwick

Diverse Assessment

Co-led by Leda Mirbahai (WMS) and Isabel Fisher (WBS), this learning circle aims to:

  • gain critical evaluation of current practices from both staff and students
  • evaluate the stability of the assessment designs and help enhance our practices
  • share best practices and enable co-creation of diverse and inclusive assessment practices

Education for Sustainable Development

Led by Dr Lory Barile (Economics), this learning circle aims to:

  • Explore existing practices
  • Create new approaches to sustainability
  • Engage with stakeholders within and outside the University to explore ways in which sustainability can be promoted at Warwick

Inclusive Policy and Practice for Disabled Students

Led by Dr Jagjeet Jutley-Nelson (Psychology) and Dr Elena Riva (IATL) this learning circle aims to:

  • Create a co-produced code of practice for inclusive practice for disabled students
  • Work in partnership to create this code of practice with key stakeholder
  • Be open to all staff members to ensure that we draw upon the right expertise.