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** This Learning Circle is currently being considered for transition into a Network**
Co-led by Naomi Waltham-Smith and Catherine Hale

Purpose of the Learning Circle

Interdisciplinarity has an impressive pedigree at Warwick. This learning circle is intended to allow those Fellows with a specific interest in interdisciplinary approaches to come together and learn from each other. The project currently in progress aims to gather data on interdisciplinary initiatives around the University and then create a Warwick inventory of interdisciplinarity. This will then be highlighted through a MyWarwick space with the ultimate aims of:

  1. Promoting awareness and engagement with current interdisciplinarity opportunities and
  2. Creating new interdisciplinary initiatives, particularly new modules and research projects.

Aims of the Learning Circle

The Learning Circle aims to:

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

Plan of Work for 2021/22

In the coming academic year, the Learning Circle intends to:

  1. Consider transitioning the Learning Circle to a Staff Network or other structure.
  2. In whichever structure is agreed, develop a plan of action for the coming year to advance the role and visibility of interdisciplinary teaching throughout the institution.
  3. Continue to reflect and discuss on interdisciplinary themes, such as the barriers to interdisciplinary teaching, opportunities and challenges relating to the STEM Grand Challenge, and how the effectiveness of interdisciplinary teaching can be measured through data.
  4. Continue to develop the online Interdisciplinary Staff Hub to include case studies and advice on designing an interdisciplinary module and embedding interdisciplinarity in digital education.

Meeting Dates for 2021/22

  • Thursday 3rd March 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm
  • Tuesday 5th April 10.00 am to 11.30 am

Current members of this circle

  • Ali Ahmad
  • Lazaros Andronis
  • Jo Angouri
  • Gavin Bell
  • Pierre Botcherby
  • Samantha Cook
  • Valentina Donzella
  • Emily Dunford
  • Tejal Fantania
  • Ross Forman
  • Kumayl Gangji
  • Catherine Hale (Co-Lead)
  • Elizabeth Hough
  • Nichola Howell-Manning
  • Russ Kitson
  • Georgia Kremmyda
  • Modupe Jimoh
  • Debbi Marais
  • Jennie Mills
  • Leda Mirbahai
  • Ines Molinaro
  • Nancy Olson
  • Robert O'Toole
  • Modupe Jimoh
  • Stefania Paredes Fuentes
  • Sophie Reissner-Roubicek
  • Zeina Rihawi
  • Claire Rocks
  • Julie Taylor
  • Ruth Taylor
  • Lauren Schrock
  • Alexander Smith
  • Jo Wale
  • Naomi Waltham-Smith (Co-Lead)