Dr Karen Simecek
Hello! I'm the Director of Student Experience and Progression (DSEP) for the Philosophy department. In my role as DSEP, I’m dedicated to helping our philosophy students get the most out of their time at Warwick and do the best they can in their degree. In addition to offering tailored academic support, I aim to connect our students with opportunities at the University and beyond in order to help them develop as philosophers and be well-placed in a competitive job market on graduating.
As well as my focus on student experience, I teach modules that relate to my research on what sort of thinking we ought to develop to serve the needs of philosophy. My first year course Reason, Argument and Analysis and my honours-level modules Philosophy through Film and Philosophy in Education all engage our students in thinking deeply about the aims and methods of philosophy itself. Furthermore, as part of the Philosophy in Education module, our students work in small groups to design and deliver a teaching activity aimed at promoting philosophical thinking for A-level students, which offers our students the opportunity to develop transferable skills in a practical way.
Warwick is a great place to study - not only is there a wonderfully rich intellectual community, with a diverse range of modules on offer to our Undergraduates, we also have an incredibly welcoming and supportive community of staff and students. For instance, our philosophy society organise academic talks, film nights and socials as well as offering study support. The department cultivates an approach to philosophy that is exciting and outward-looking thereby developing our students as philosophers who are ready to take on the challenges of the world today.