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Learning from Crisis and (Re)Imagining the Future: Our Post-Pandemic University

This event took place on Tuesday, 29 June 2021 (via Microsoft Teams) and it was open to everyone at Warwick and invited external guests.

We were delighted to host this event, presented by Ian Burbidge of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) who led the Warwick community in a workshop to reflect on our experiences of the pandemic, and to (re)imagine the future of teaching and learning at Warwick.

The RSA’s Future Change Framework offers a useful guide to making sense of the changes we are seeing in response to the pandemic. It helps us think through the opportunities and challenges that the university faces and see them from a range of perspectives. In particular, by reflecting with staff and students we were able to identify innovations to amplify and obsolete practice we might want to let go of. Ultimately the framework helped us work together to design the future.

As this challenging academic year comes to an end, we hope that this dynamic event supported the Warwick community in reflecting together and learning from each other to (re)think our approaches to pedagogy following this particular crisis.

Breakout rooms were utilised as part of the larger event. This gave educators and learners across the University the opportunity to discuss new approaches in response to the RSA Framework.

This picture summarizes the RSA framework, making a distinction between the approaches we had during the crisis and the strategic direction to have moving forward.

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Event Speaker
Mr. Ian Burbidge
Head of Innovation and Change, The RSA

This is a picture of the speaker, Ian Burbidge.

Ian Burbidge is an Associate Director of the RSA Lab. Ian’s role is to develop programmes of research and analysis focused on policy and practice across the public services and communities sector. Ian has a background in public policy and partnership working and joined the RSA from local government. Here his work focused on engaging communities in place-shaping and problem-solving with the statutory sector. Ian is particularly interested in how to cultivate innovation within public services and bring new approaches to old problems. (Extracted from:

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