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WIHEA Learning Circles

Fellows can join a circle led by a colleague 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.

New WIHEA Fellows will be contacted during their induction regarding their interest in joining Learning Circles, but any Fellows thereafter are invited to contact the Learning Circle Lead(s) directly if they are interested in joining any of the Learning Circles below. The wider community at Warwick are able to engage with those Learning Circles that are 'open' Learning Circles, please contact the Lead(s) directly if you would like to find out more about membership to the open Learning Circles.

For information on past Learning Circles and those transitioning to Networks/Forums, please visit Past Learning Circles.

As a WIHEA Fellow, if you would like to propose starting/leading a new learning circle, please initially have a read through our 'Guidelines for Learning Circle Leads'Link opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window and follow the information provided.

AI in Education

Co-led by Karen Jackson (Library), Neha Gupta (WBS) and Jianhua Yang (WMG). This Open Learning Circle aims to:

  • Understand and develop expertise in utilizing generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools in the educational context, from perspectives including teaching, learning, and ethical considerations
  • Acknowledge the significant and varied amount of work taking place across campus to address the above issues

Anti-Racist Pedagogy and Process in HE

Co-led by Olanrewaju Sorinola (WMS) and Poonam Pedley (Education Directors Office), 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

Compassionate Pedagogy

Co-led by Gemma Gray (Psychology) and Luke Hodson (Psychology), this Learning Circle aims to:

  • Focus on holistic, person-centred approaches to how we interact across the university
  • Foster compassion across staff and students
  • Imbue kindness and consideration into all of the activities we do

Designing and Assessing Group Work

Co-led by Tom Greenaway (Student Opportunity) 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

Developing Academic Literacies

Co-led by Alexander Smith (Sociology) and Susie Cowley-Haselden (Warwick Foundation Studies), this open group aims to:

  • Critically evaluate and support students in developing their academic literacies
  • Identify barriers to success in academia through a critical examination of academic writing requirements
  • Establish pedagogical practices and research developed through a reimagining of academic writing
  • Steer the direction of academic literacies support at Warwick

Digital Education and Technologies for Teaching and Assessment (DETTA)

Co-led by Caroline Elliott (Economics) and Matt Street (Online Learning), this Learning Circle aims to:

  • Produce a Digital Education Framework against which proposed investments can be assessed
  • Support recommendations to University education officers regarding possible future investments
  • Conduct exploratory meetings with other institutions, and produce data on potential technologies to explore


Co-led by Atisha Ghosh (Economics), David Molyneux (Student Opportunity) and Laura Yetton (Flexible Online Learning). This Learning Circle aims to:

  • Discuss and develop initiatives and practices to work towards furthering the employability of our students

  • Recognise the significant achievements that Warwick has made in this regard
  • Embed employability into the culture of our community

Inclusive Assessment

Co-led by Sam Grierson (WFS) and Kerry Dobbins (ADC), this Open 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

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Led by Catherine Hale. This Learning Circle aims to:

  • Develop and disseminate exemplars of good practice.
  • Engage in ongoing evaluations with students and staff to enhance cross-disciplinary practices in the interest of the student learning experience.
  • Encourage strategic cross-disciplinary collaboration and joint cross-disciplinary investment by showcasing interdisciplinary initiatives at departmental and institutional levels


Co-led by Ross Forman (English) and Freeha Azmat (WMG). 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

Pedagogies of Public & Community Engagement

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

  • Current modules
  • Teaching
  • Assessments

Restorative Justice in HE

Co-led by 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

Teaching Recognition and Reward (TR&R)

Co-led by Ali Ahmad (WMG) and Simon Peplow (History). It informs institutional deliberation on:

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

Trans & Queer Pedagogies

Co-led by Sam Parr (SU) and Luke Hodson (Psychology), 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