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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. For information on past Learning Circles, please visit Past Learning Circles.

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.

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


Authentic Learning

Authenic learning problem based learning

Led by Catherine Bennett (WMS), this is an open group, with all staff welcome to engage with 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


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

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

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

Diverse Assessment

Co-led by Leda Mirbahai (WMS) and Isabel Fischer (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

Artificial Intelligence in Education

Artificial Intelligence in Education

This subgroup of the Diverse Assessment Learning Circle is co-led by Leda Mirbahai (WMS) and Isabel Fischer (WBS), and works in five groups:

  • General AI in Education (AIEd) Opportunities and information sharing
  • Novel and Diverse Assessment Designs
  • Feedback, Marking, Authorship Detection
  • Designing Teaching Content - ‘what is out there being developed?’
  • 'Red Team': AI Ethics and Academic Integrity

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

Inclusive Policy and Practice for Disabled Students

Led by Dr Jagjeet Jutley-Nelson (Psychology) and Dr Elena Riva (IATL), this open 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


Interdisciplinarity image

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


Internationalisation image

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

Lecture Capture


Led by Hok Yin Stephen Chiu (Engineering), Tom Ritchie (Chemistry), and Jessica Humphreys (ADC), this Learning Circle aims to:

  • Collate student feedback on Lecture Capture
  • Define Lecture Capture and its future use
  • Benchmark against other universities regarding Lecture Capture policy
  • Provide recommendations on the use of Lecture Capture


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.

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

Pedagogies of Public and Community EngagementLink opens in a new window

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

  • Current modules
  • Teaching
  • Assessments

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

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

Teaching Recognition & Reward (TR&R)

Research and teacher career development image

Led by Claudie Fox (Psychology) and Martyn Parker (Statistics). It informs institutional deliberation on:

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

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

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

Peer Dialogue Staff NetworkLink opens in a new window

Peer observation image

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

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