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Bo Kelestyn

Senior Teaching Fellow - Director of Student Experience

Portrait of Alexia HapeshiBo is a wearer of many hats at the University and has been involved in research, teaching, curriculum design, wellbeing, employability and skills, enterprise and innovation. Prior to joining the department, Bo worked as an Education Strategy Project Officer, collaborating with all academic departments to embed the Strategy. She leads on Chemistry's Skills Component and a new module Innovation 101. Outside of Chemistry, Bo is a Module Leader for Entrepreneurship: A Critical Perspective and An Introduction into Design Thinking Theory and Practice, and a Course Coordinator for Leadership, Communication and Culture. She is also one of the experts on A Design for Life Executive Education Course. Bo holds a PhD in digital innovation from Warwick Business School, Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and Warwick International Higher Education Academy. She is currently working on publications on the use of design thinking for student engagement and digital pedagogy.

bo dot kelestyn at warwick dot ac dot uk

75881 or 07491463652

Office C5.27

Chemistry Education

My office hours are by appointment and you can always reach me on WhatsApp and Teams.

Groups at Warwick

  • Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA)
  • Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine Education Committee
  • Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) Education and Management Committee
  • Digital Strategy Working Group
  • Student Research Working Group
  • Student Outcomes Working Group
  • Welcome Week Working Group


  • 2016-2019- Education Strategy Project Officer, Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA), University of Warwick.
  • 2018-present - Module Leader and Associate Tutor, Institute of Advanced Teaching & Learning (IATL), University of Warwick.
  • 2018 - Undergraduate Skills Programme Coordinator, Student Careers and Skills, University of Warwick.


  • Warwick Award for Teaching Excellency 2020 Nominee
  • Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA) Fellow
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Warwick Business School Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Award (2016-2017 and 2017-2018)

I am working on the following projects at the moment:

  • Researching the use of design thinking for student voice and student engagement, using the Warwick Secret Challenge.
  • Co-leading the Employability Learning Circle and designing interdisciplinary employability modules.
  • Chinese Student Experience project, co-created with the SSLC and a dedicated Student Project Officer.
  • Reimagining departmental social media and student communications.

My research interests are really diverse and interdisciplinary, focused on teaching and student learning experience:

  • Design Thinking and Innovation Education
  • Design Thinking for student engagement and student voice
  • Design Thinking in STEM
  • Interdisciplinary Pedagogy
  • Digital Pedagogy

I teach on a number of modules and courses at Chemistry and Warwick:


CH160 and CH161: Skills Component Lead

CH222: R01 Business Marker

CH3G4 and CH417: Innovation 101 (NEW for 2020/21)

Institute for Advance Teaching and Learning:

IL020: Entrepreneurship: A Critical Perspective

IL029: An Introduction to Design Thinking Theory and Practice

IL924: Design Thinking for Social Impact (NEW for 2020/21)

Warwick in London:

Summer School: Leadership, Communication and Innovation

Executive Education: A Design for Life

I am co-supervising several MChem students working on ChemEd projects, focusing on qualitative data analysis.

    After completing my PhD in digital innovation, I have re-directed my research interests and efforts towards education:

    • Kelestyn, B., Freeman, R., (manuscript). Transforming student engagement through Design Thinking. Targeted at The International Journal for Students as Partners.

    • Kelestyn, B., Henfridsson, O. 2014. Everyday Digital Entrepreneurship: The Inception, Shifts and Scaling of Future Shaping Practices. Proceedings of the 35th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2014).

    • **Kelestyn, B., Henfridsson, O., Nandhakumar, J. 2017. Scaling the User Base of Digital Ventures Through Generative Pattern Replication: The Case of Ridesharing. Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2017). **Nominated for the HICSS-50 Best Paper Award in the Organizational Systems and Technology Track (Digital Innovation mini track).