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5 Questions with... Warwick's newest National Teaching Fellow

Dr Letizia Gramaglia was recently recognised by the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme which celebrates and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on teaching.

Congratulations on your recent National Teaching Fellowship award! Tell us a bit about how your work has changed learning and teaching at Warwick?

I have redesigned academic development so that our teachers are empowered to draw on the scholarship of teaching and learning, together with individual experiences, in their teaching. You'll notice this in the way teachers work with you to stimulate dialogue and intellectual inquiry, whether in seminars, lectures or labs, in virtual settings or face to face.

Letizia GramagliaWhat would your top piece of advice be for students as we start a new year?

My advice would be to make the most of the opportunities to learn collaboratively with peers, whether online or face to face. Join study groups (or create one if it’s not there!) and don’t underestimate the social aspects of learning, whether virtually or in person.

What’s the best way to get the most from blended learning?

I think being organised and keeping up with your learning is very important. Good blended learning is designed to encourage ongoing participation as you move between physical and virtual learning spaces – so in order to make the most of the in-person time with your tutors and peers you also need to keep up with your learning online, whether synchronous or asynchronous.

What’s the best thing about learning and teaching about Warwick?

We have fabulous staff and world-leading experts who are passionate about teaching and we have brilliant students who are eager to engage in opportunities to co-create learning within and across disciplines. That’s a wonderful combination!

What is your research focus when you’re not teaching?

I am very interested in the role of values in higher education and how we can make teaching practices truly inclusive. Keeping up with pedagogic scholarship and wider developments in higher education takes up most of my reading time.

Five cheeky bonus questions

What’s your favourite thing to cook?


Where’s your top holiday/bucket list destination?

The Maldives!

Where’s your favourite spot on campus?

Tocil wood is my favourite thinking spot!

What’s on your bedside table?

Chocolate and books.

Are you a dog person or a cat person?

I'm definitely a dog person.

Letizia Gramaglia is Head of Academic Development and Director of Warwick's Higher Education Academy (WIHEA).