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Teaching, Research, Arts - Interactive Event

Tuesday 22 April, from 4pm with a wine reception

Launch of Volume 1, Issue 1 of the Reinvention journal takes place at 5pm.

All welcome

The Reinvention Centre for Undergraduate Research presents an interactive site-specific installation in the Teaching Grid, the new experimental teaching space situated within the main library at the University.

In 1969, university lecturer and artist Joseph Beuys declared that ‘to be a teacher is my greatest work of art’. The Reinvention Centre brings together research, teaching and art in the form of an interactive exhibition.

The exhibition includes:

  • Sociologists Talking
  • Students at Work
  • Reinvention: a Journal of Undergraduate Research

Sociologists Talking presents a number of audio podcasts of Sociologists talking. The material is taken from transcripts of interviews with academics, extracts of which have been recorded using actors’ voices. This material presents a number of contradictions around the contested relationships at the heart of Higher Education such as research and teaching; teaching and learning; students and teachers; and tradition and change.

Students at Work is a documentary film in the final stages of completion, produced by a team of undergraduate and postgraduate students and administrative and academic staff, working with theatre company Talking Birds The film deals with the relationship between Higher Education and paid labour, asking critical questions about what universities are for. The process of making the film raises issues around collaboration, research-based learning and the use of documentary video as research method and output. Film extracts of the work-in-progress will be shown and members of the film team will be present to discuss the work.

Reinvention: a Journal of Undergraduate Research is an online, multi-disciplinary journal for the publication of undergraduate academic writing and research Volume 1, Issue 1 will be launched at the exhibition. All submissions to the journal are subject to double blind peer-review. The journal is produced, edited and managed by students and staff at Oxford Brookes University and the University of Warwick. The journal provides a critical focus point for a number of controversial issues around undergraduate research and publication. In a very different way to Students at Work, the journal brings to the fore some of the risks and benefits of staff and student collaboration. The journal will be available on-line for visitors to explore and student and staff journal team members will be on hand to discuss the processes, challenges and potentialities of the project.

Moving between these multi-media events, visitors’ participation helps address the importance of research and teaching in seeking to engage critically in the complex moral, social and political questions of contemporary human society.

For further information, visit Cath Lambert at

The Reinvention Centre

The Teaching Grid

Teaching Grid

Teaching Grid