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Support for staff

Warwick Enterprise works with colleagues across all academic departments to promote a culture of innovation for all. If you’re a member of staff and would like to get involved in developing new opportunities in, and around, your programmes these pages help to explain what we do, and how you can access our support

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Our goal is to foster a culture of innovation, where every member of our community has the opportunity to shape meaningful experiences that support their learning and personal development. At Warwick, Innovation is the first of four strategic priorities in our 2030 Strategy, nationally, its recognised by the QAA and Advance HE as a cornerstone of both in-curricula and extra-curricular practice, the results of which have a direct impact on our institutional KEF ranking 

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What is Innovation?

We define ‘innovation’ not just in terms of the invention of new ideas, products, and services, but also in relation to the mindset and skillset required to be innovative. Students engage with innovation not just by producing original research or creating new businesses and social enterprises, but by learning key skills related to enterprise, entrepreneurship, and creativity. 
We recognise innovation in the Warwick curriculum across three broad dimensions: 
  1. Curriculum Content:
    • programmes and modules that include a specific focus on innovation, enterprise, and entrepreneurship, and 
    • programmes and modules that promote the development of skills and capabilities linked to innovation, enterprise, and entrepreneurship
  2. Curriculum Practice: approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment that apply innovative pedagogical, andragogical, and heutagogical approaches; and
  3. Extra Curricula Activity: additional pieces of the educational journey that enhance the student experience. This could, for example, include trips, non-credit courses, competitions, challenges, or engagement with student societies 

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How Can We Help?

We want to align our implementation of the Innovation Strategy with the practice of academic departments, and with the university’s Education and Employability Strategies. In doing so, we want to ensure that staff and students have more opportunities to be innovative, and are more aware of the support available. 

This means that in addition to our student facing work, we can help academic staff to create, or develop, provision both inside and outside of their curriculum.  

In practice, this means that we can support: 

  • Curriculum Development – we can support departments who are exploring how to integrate more innovative content, or practice into their offerings. This could involve facilitating workshops or learning circles to investigate topics and practices, or consulting on design and implementation. There's more information about this on the EPQ pages which explore the dimensions of the Warwick CurriculumLink opens in a new window.
  • Modules/Workshops/Events – we can facilitate interventions in modules or via workshops and events to work with staff and students to dig into a wide range of topics linked to innovation, enterprise, entrepreneurship, or self-employment. 

We can also provide funding to support the development of these activities though our annual Innovation Campaign. 

If you are interested in accessing any of this support, please contact usLink opens in a new window, for more information. 

We also have a regular staff newsletter, which you can sign-up for by following this linkLink opens in a new window.

If you'd like to explore how this work developed, our 2020 report on departmental provision can be found hereLink opens in a new window.

Other Services

Through Warwick Innovations, we also offer support to commercialise researchLink opens in a new window, form spin-outsLink opens in a new window, negotiate licencingLink opens in a new window, and train early career researchersLink opens in a new window.